Archive for the ‘Pakistan’ Category

was Benazir Bhutto a socialist?

December 27, 2007

Socialist International condemns bombings against Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan

The Socialist International vigorously condemns the horrific bomb attacks targeted against Benazir Bhutto upon her return to Pakistan, which resulted in the deaths of more than a hundred people and the wounding of many more in Karachi.

The International extends its deepest sympathy to the people of Pakistan and especially to the families of all those killed and injured in this despicable act.

Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan declaring her goals of establishing a democratic rule of law so that the military can return to the barracks; building democratic governance that treats all citizens and especially women with full and equal rights; and ensuring transparent, accountable rule that addresses the social and economic needs of the people as its highest priority.

The International fully supports her efforts, and the work of our member, the Pakistan People’s Party which she leads, in achieving these goals, and reaffirms its solidarity with them and with all those in Pakistan who share these objectives and continue to act with courage and determination in the face of such criminal violence.

19 October 2007

source:
http://www.socialistinternational.org/main.html

why public executions might be dangerous

January 4, 2007

Multan – A young boy who tried to copy hanging scenes from the execution video of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein died in central Pakistan, said police on Monday.

Mubashar Ali, 9, hanged himself, while re-enacting Hussein’s hanging with the help of elder sister, 10, after tying a rope to a ceiling fan and his neck in his home in Rahim Yar Khan district on Sunday, said a local police official.

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,9294,2-10-1462_2050341,00.html

Kolkata, India – A 15-year-old girl from eastern India hanged herself in response to the execution of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, police and family members said on Thursday.

“She said they had hanged a patriot. We didn’t take her seriously when she told us that she wanted to feel the pain Saddam did during the execution,” the girl’s father, Manmohan Karmakar, told AFP by phone from the town of Kharda.

He said his daughter, called Moon Moon, had become extremely depressed after watching Saddam’s execution on television.

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2051037,00.html

Police and family members said a 10-year-old boy who died by hanging himself from a bunk bed was apparently mimicking the execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Sergio Pelico was found dead Sunday in his apartment bedroom in the Houston-area city of Webster, said Webster police Lt. Tom Claunch. Pelico’s mother told police he had previously watched a news report on Saddam’s death.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=local&id=4904242