Gilani heckled over failure to punish Benazir`s killers

Amid the failure of Pak govt to bring to justice the killers of former premier Benazir Bhutto, PM Yousuf Raza Gilani vowed to expose her assassins at a party function where he was heckled by agitated PPP activists.

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2010, 20:31 PM IST

Peshawar: Amid the failure of Pakistan
government to bring to justice the killers of former premier
Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday vowed
to expose her assassins at a party function where he was
heckled by agitated PPP activists.

Gilani made the promise while addressing a function
here to mark the ruling PPP’s foundation day after party
workers kept interrupting his speech by shouting slogans and
demanding the unveiling of the persons responsible for the
killing of Benazir.

She was killed in a suicide attack in December 2007.
Pointing towards Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who
was sitting on the stage, Gilani said he would direct the
minister to bring the killers to justice as soon as possible.

"Benazir Bhutto was a leader of international repute
and was widely respected and honoured by world politicians for
her political accumen and sagacity. Inshallah, we will bring
the culprits responsible for her death to a court of law
soon," he said.

The government, he said, is resolved to eliminate
terrorism and extremism and will take every possible step to
provide security to the people.

He also paid tribute to the armed forces, police,
political leadership and people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province
for their valour in the war against terrorism.

Gilani said terrorism will be eliminated to attract
foreign investment as no one will use his funds in an
unsecured environment.

The PPP is a symbol of federation and has the
potential to tackle growing challenges, both internal and
external, in an effective fashion, he said.

"Lots of conspiracies were hatched against the PPP
since its inception but it could not be weakened, while the
conspirators met their political end," he added.

"PPP is the name of a mission and movement which is
leading the country in the light of the vision and manifesto
of its great leaders," Gilani said, paying tribute to Benazir
and her father, PPP founder and former President Zulfiqar Ali
Bhutto.

Benazir`s vision was to see a Pakistan free of
terrorism and the government is working in this direction,
he said.

"Her political efforts were for a better and
prosperous Pakistan and not to become Prime Minister," Gilani
said.

If Benazir had struck a deal with dictators, she would
have become premier but she always stood up against military
rulers, he said.

PTI