This week the world yet again witnessed one of the most barbaric actions in recent years: The cold-blooded murder of Pakistan’s main opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto. She was assassinated as she was preparing to leave a rally in the run-up to the January 8 elections, which many believed would see the Islamist nation, return to democracy.
The ex-Pakistani’s premier – deposed twice on corruption charges – was yesterday laid to rest in her ancestral home of Ghari Khuda Baksh, Larkana, where her executed father and former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was buried.
And while Thursday’s assassination has sparked international outrage and condemnation, reports indicate that al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack which claimed at least another thirty people.
Bhutto’s name has just been added to a long list of individuals who have been brutally silenced for their stand against injustices.
As the world mourns Bhutto, it will only be through redoubling the efforts against such heartless and nonsensical actions, that we shall have upheld the victims’ legacies.
Terrorism is a global threat and should be strongly condemned and fought by every peace-loving citizen of any nation.
Many perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda— which is one of the worst crimes in centuries— remain at large in various countries around the world.
Together with their militia – the DR Congo-based FDLR – these genocidal elements are actively engaged in activities aimed at repeating the same atrocities in Rwanda, and to discredit the Kigali government despite the tremendous achievements registered since 1994.
Although FDLR –also responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of people outside the Rwandan territory – is a blacklisted terrorist organisation, its leader Ignace Murwanashyaka lives freely in Germany from where he continues to propagate the same ideology that resulted in the slaughter of over a million people in Rwanda thirteen years ago.
All terrorist and genocidal elements should be fought squarely anywhere in the world.