Clegg on Bhutto's assassination: "This is a dark day"

by Stephen Tall on December 27, 2007

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has issued his response to the shock assassination of Pakistan’s former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto:

“This is a dark day for everyone who believed in a stable and democratic future for Pakistan.

“Benazir Bhutto was a courageous politician known throughout the world, not just Pakistan, for her forthright and sometimes controversial views.

“Her tragic death is a hammer blow against the dream of pluralism and tolerance in modern day Pakistan.

“In the light of her brutal assassination, the need for the full restoration of democracy in Pakistan in now paramount.”

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In my heart I agree with Nick Clegg. However I am greatly concerned that 1) Pakistan is a nulcear power and 2) whenever Pakistan has been a democracy in the past it has always been unstable, and is showing serious signs of becoming so again.
I loathe the “realpolitics” that justifies supporting dictators, but the first priority in the interests of the world is to stop nuclear weapons getting into the wrong hands. From a Liberal point of view the policy options available in Pakistan are simply impossible! Can we really support democracy if it makes more likely what we least want?

by Geoffrey Payne on December 29, 2007 at 12:19 am. Reply #

Geoff

Sadly the biggest pile of nuclear weapons are already in the wrong hands – the greatest war monger of our time – George Bush’s America

I agree with Nick Clegg that Pakistan has lost a great leader in Benazir Bhutto. And that the quest for a Democratic government in Pakistan has been dealt a severe blow

We must not forget that Pakistan’s geographic position is the reason that the US and Britain have an interest in what happens there.

I fear that so long as Pakistan is run by a dictator it will suit America. A democratic government may not be quite as willing as an individual to dance to George Bush’s tune

by Rabi Martins on December 29, 2007 at 10:47 am. Reply #

What Rabi Martins said

by Jennie on December 29, 2007 at 12:58 pm. Reply #

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