US lawmakers urge Musharraf to give full security to Benazir

November 14th, 2007 - 2:48 am ICT by admin  
Senators Joseph Biden, Joseph Lieberman and Patrick Leahy suggested that Bhutto be provided with bomb proof vehicles and jamming equipment to protect her from roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices.

They said that they are “troubled” by allegations of potential links between military or intelligence officials and extremist forces.

Any individual alleged to have been involved in past political action against Bhutto should be excluded from her security detail to dispel any suspicion of complicity, they added.

They also urged Musharraf not to use security concerns as a rationale for imposing a ban on political rallies in Pakistan.

They also asked Musharraf to accept US assistance in investigating last week’s blasts in Karachi, which targeted Bhutto.

“We urge you to refrain form using security concerns as a rationale for imposing a ban on political rallies,” Senators Joseph Biden, Joseph Lieberman and Patrick Leahy said.

“We believe that your government, like the governments of other nations afflicted by the scourge of terrorism, can adequately protect political leaders and their supporters without stifling the democratic process,” the Daily Times quoted them, as saying.

In a joint letter to Musharraf, delivered to the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, the senators urged the General to reconsider his decision not to accept outside assistance for investigating the Karachi blasts.

“If the resources of the US Government would be helpful in bringing the perpetrators of this terrible assault on innocent Pakistanis to justice, we stand ready to facilitate the provision of such resources in any way we are able to do so,” they said. (ANI)

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