Magazine article Anglican Journal

Churches Condemn Killing

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Churches Condemn Killing

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ECUMENICAL NEWS INTERNATIONAL

Thrissur, India

Churches in Pakistan have condemned the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto while appealing for international help in eradicating terrorism in their country.

"We earnestly appeal to the national and global communities and specifically churches to pray for the welfare of the State of Pakistan, which is passing through a very difficult period of its history and to encourage the nation to bear such a big loss," the National Council of Churches in Pakistan said in a statement.

The grouping of four Protestant churches strongly condemned "the brutal assassination" of Ms. Bhutto, who was killed on Dec. 27 near Islamabad while campaigning for national elections. Voting was postponed to Feb. 18 from Jan. 8 following the violence triggered by the assassination.

The council further urged global communities "to help the Pakistani nation and its government machinery to eradicate the terrorism which is playing havoc with the lives of innocent people and disturbing the peace of Pakistan and a great hurdle in the restoration of true democracy in Pakistan."

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Describing Ms. Bhutto's death as "a national loss," the National Commission for Justice and Peace, a human-rights body of the Roman Catholic Church, said the assassination "raised questions about the effectiveness of the so-called war against extremism. …

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