Pakistan: Women's Action Forum on Benazir's assassination
Women’s Action Forum grieves.
It grieves with Bakhtawar, Bilawal and Asifa,
It grieves with Nusrat and Sanam Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari,
It grieves with all members of the Bhutto family,
It grieves with the PPP and all PPP workers and supporters,
It grieves with the poor and the oppressed,
It grieves with and for our country and the people of Pakistan,
Benazir Bhutto lived a tragic and tumultuous life,
Fraught with pain and loss,
A celebrated life,
Of success and exhilaration,
One that reached out and responded to the anguish and hope of people,
And articulated and converted these hopes, giving sustenance to so many.
Women’s Action Forum while sometimes critical of her policies
Took pride in the fact that she was a woman.
A woman who controlled her own destiny,
A woman who instinctively and wholeheartedly
Embraced equal rights and opportunities,
For women and religious minorities,
A brave woman, a woman of courage.
As with her father, ZA Bhutto,
Look for her in moments that need fortitude,
Look for her in moments that need courage,
Look for her in hope,
Look for her in all those she touched.
Women’s Action Forum grieves.
--WAF 28 December 2007
While demanding an immediate resignation from President Pervez Musharraf, the Women’s Action Forum (WAF) asked the government for an explanation as to why the venue of the assassination was immediately hosed down, destroying all evidence at the scene of crime.
In a press release, issued here on Saturday, it was said the WAF was shocked at the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. It was also said in the statement that WAF was deeply angered at the pretence made by the government that it was a suicide bomb blast and, it added, the people of Pakistan would never be fooled by this attempt to cover-up the truth.
The WAF demanded that President Musharraf should immediately resign and that his regime, that had brought the bloodiest period in Pakistan since 1971,be put to an end. It was also demanded that the judges of November 2 should be reinstated, so that an impartial inquiry commission could be established and the real culprits could be identified and brought to justice.
It was further stated that WAF stood with the people of Pakistan, the Pakistan People’s Party and the Bhutto family as it grieved the tremendous loss of Benazir Bhutto.
Apart from this, the Joint Action Committee for people’s rights also announced a candlelit vigil at the Liberty Roundabout on January 1, 2008 at 5:30 pm, to stage a peaceful protest against the most grieved assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
Source: Daily Times
30 December 2007
- Recommendations for action against gender-related killing of women and girls
- Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
- Addendum to the Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
- Afghanistan: Their lives on the line: Women human rights defenders under attack in Afghanistan
- Shirkat Gah Newsheet March 2015