Following are separate statements from Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback regarding Thursday's assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.
From Sen. Pat Roberts:
"The tragic assassination of former Prime Minister Bhutto has raised
serious national and international security concerns. Pakistan has been
an American ally in the war against terrorism. Terrorists plan and use
such attacks to encourage chaos, instability, and to put governments at
risk. In this regard, Al Qaeda and the Taliban must be considered.
Stability and the rule of law have been undermined, as well as, steps
towards democracy. This instability is precisely what will empower and
embolden terrorists who will use this tragedy to their own purpose. If
the action to restore order is not handled quickly and properly, the
government of President Musharraf may be at risk as well as cooperation with the United States.
"Musharraf bough A.Q. Khan, the godfather and exporter of nuclear
weaponry, under control and Musharraf has been sharing intelligence with the United States.
"Today's tragic attack proves the threat of terrorism is not limited to
Afghanistan and Iraq, but is world wide with ominous repercussions;
especially with regard to difficult India-Pakistan relationship. In the
eyes of a divided Pakistani people and the world, justice and the rule
of law must prevail in order to maintain stability."
From Sen. Sam Brownback:
“I offer my deepest condolences for the loss of Benazir Bhutto and to the families of those killed today. This is a terrible loss to her upporters, the people of Pakistan and for democracy.
“I hope and pray that that the people of Pakistan and President Musharraf can avoid further bloodshed and continue down the road to democracy. Pakistan has been a good friend to the United States in fighting fundamentalist terrorism, and I sincerely hope we can continue to work together. Pakistan needs to continue to work toward a peaceful, stable and democratic nation if they hope to maintain our strong friendship.”