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Tuesday
May172011

Saudi Diplomat Assassinated in Pakistan

U.S. State Department(KARACHI, Pakistan) -- New problems appear to be brewing in Pakistan after a Saudi Arabian diplomat was shot and killed Monday in the financial capital of Karachi.

Witnesses said that the assailants were riding motorcycles when they intercepted a limo driven by Hassan M. al-Kahtani.  The gunmen then fired at the diplomat, shooting him in the head.

A Pakistani security official said on the condition of anonymity that al-Kahtani was actually an intelligence officer "looking into Saudi dissidents who have found refuge in the city, and this is most probably why he was targeted."

While no motive was assigned to the murder, there is also speculation that it might have been revenge for the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in Pakistan, since the Saudi government has denounced the al Qaeda leader.

The Saudis and Pakistanis have generally had good relations over the years so the assassination could have been the work of radical Islamists.

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Friday
Mar042011

Funeral, Burial Held for Assassinated Pakistani Minister

Jewel Samad/AFP/ Getty Images(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan)  -- The Pakistani minister for minorities affairs who died because he fought for tolerance will be buried Friday.  And as his coffin is lowered into the ground, Pakistanis wonder if there’s anyone left who will speak for the country’s most oppressed.

"Today is a very sad day," said Pakistan's Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, during the funeral for Shahbaz Bhatti, who was assassinated by gunmen in Islamabad Wednesday.  "The founding father of Pakistan had one wish: he taught the people of Pakistan to give the rights and protection to the minorities… People like him are very rare.  All the minorities have lost a great leader."

After the funeral, which was held in Islamabad, Bhatti's body was flown to his hometown, where his family will bury Pakistan’s most senior Christian politician.

As Gilani spoke inside Islamabad's best known church, dozens of Christians wailed and chanted psalms on the road outside, flanked by hundreds of police and Western security officials.  It was the largest security showing for an event in Islamabad in the last year.  Inside, Gilani was joined by the U.S. ambassador and other senior Western diplomats.

Bhatti spoke for Christians -- who make up five percent of Pakistan's largely Muslim population -- and all of Pakistan's minorities.  He was killed because he wanted to change laws and attitudes used to persecute -- and even kill -- members of those minorities.

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Saturday
Feb122011

Arrest Warrant Issued for Pervez Musharraf

Photo Courtesy - AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- A Pakistan court has issued an arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf, in connection with the 2007 assassination of opposition party leader Benazir Bhutto.

Reports are that the warrant orders Musharraf to appear in court on Feb. 19 to answer to allegations by prosecutors that he failed to provide Bhutto with adequate protection around the time she was assassinated. Prosecutors are claiming that in the period leading up to Bhutto’s death, Musharraf was aware that the Taliban had been targeting Bhutto, but despite this knowledge Musharraf didn’t give the proper protection.

"There is no basis for the case,” Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesperson for Musharraf, told BBC News. “This is a politically motivated court ruling and the [former] president has no intention of complying."

Bhutto served as Pakistan’s prime minister from 1988-1990, and again from 1993-1996. She was assassinated in the city of Rawalpindi in December 2007 while campaigning for the presidency.

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Wednesday
Oct202010

Yitzhak Rabin Assassination: 15 Years Later

File Photo: November 1995. People gather at the tomb of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin where thousands of candles are lit at the Jerusalem Mount Herzl military cemetery. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Israel is marking the 15th anniversary of the assassination of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin Wednesday, the date he was killed on the Hebrew calendar.

Rabin signed the historic Oslo Accords in 1993, but his commitment to peace talks made him reviled by some Israelis. He was shot dead by a Jewish religious extremist at a pro-peace rally in 1995.

Israeli President Shimon Peres held an official ceremony at his Jerusalem residence for Rabin, a man who was both his political partner for peace during the Oslo Accords and a close friend. Peres urged Israelis not to forget Rabin’s legacy of believing peace was possible. Forgetting, he said, was the enemy of humankind and democracy.

Crowds have been shrinking at national Rabin memorial services in recent years, a sign some say of waning public support for Rabin’s vision of a two-state solution.

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