The World Sindhi Institute
October 19, 2007
Washington D.C. :WSI condemns
the brazen mass murder of innocent people in the capital
city of Sindh .
Former prime minister of Pakistan
and leader of the Pakistan People's Party, Ms. Benazir
Bhutto narrowly escaped what could very well be construed
as a well-planned assassination attempt. Ms. Bhutto had
just returned to Pakistan from an 8 years self-exile after
cobbling together a US-backed power-sharing pact with Pakistani
military ruler General Musharraf.
The World Sindhi Institute, a Washington , DC , based human rights advocacy
group, has condemned these blasts and the tragic loss of life. Zahid
Makhdoom, President of WSI said that "the blasts send a stark reminder to
all of us struggling for a peaceful, secular, decentralized and democratic
Pakistan that the realization of democratic process in Pakistan is further
from what it seems and that entities engaged in subverting democracy are
willing to prove at any cost, in terms of both human and institutional, their
point that Pakistan cannot sustain democracy and that it could only be ruled
by military and its direct or indirect proxies such as the MQM , the pro-military
Islamic fundamentalist parties, the Inter Services Intelligence, Military
He went on saying that "as a personal message to Ms. Bhutto the blasts would
serve as a constant reminder that her personal security and safety could only
be guaranteed by the very military that must be sent back to the barracks in
order to ensure the blossoming of democracy in Pakistan ".
Speaking on the occasion, Munawar Laghari, Executive Director of WSI, expressed
deep sorrow at the loss of innocent lives and said that, "those responsible
have demonstrated utter contempt for human life". Emphasizing the
need for a non-violent and steadfast pursuit of democracy, Laghari said, "The
gravity of circumstances and situation in Pakistan is such that all democratic
entities must engage in a comprehensive effort to seeking variety of perspectives
for a secular-democratic Pakistan ". He said that the WSI would continue
to "engage in helping generate debate and discourse within the Diaspora Pakistan
communities, governmental entities such as the United Nations , the United
States , South Asia , and civil society organizations".
Speaking of the forthcoming celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of
the establishment of the WSI on 9 November 2007 in Washington, DC , Laghari
the recent and cruel loss of innocent lives, our 10th Anniversary Conference
can no longer be deemed a celebration, but we will instead mark the occasion
with a highly focused and interactive discourse on the current situation in
Sindh and overall in Pakistan ".
The World Sindhi Institute (WSI) is committed
to achieving human rights for the people of Sindh in southeastern
Pakistan through a nonviolent advocacy, activism, and academic
campaign. WSI brings together Sindhis (people of Sindh) of
all religious and geographical backgrounds and their supporters
in a proactive, progressive movement whose purpose is to
inform others of the human rights and environmental atrocities
occurring in Sindh . WSI initiates and welcomes collaborative
projects with other governmental and non-governmental organizations
and individuals seeking positive, nonviolent change in South
Asia and elsewhere.
For more information, contact 1050 17 th St. N.W., Ste.
# 700 , Washington , DC 20036 , phone # 202-223-1777 or visit www.worldsindhi.org