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Zardari urges on BB commemoration by foiling anti-democracy plots

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari said Tuesday the best way to pay tribute to slain premier Benazir Bhutto on the fourth anniversary of her death was to foil anti-democracy “conspiracies”.”Today we pay tributes to her. The best way to do it is to defend and protect democracy and democratic institutions in the country and...

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 27, 2011 | Last Updated: 10 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Dec 27, 2011 | Last Updated: 10 years ago

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari said Tuesday the best way to pay tribute to slain premier Benazir Bhutto on the fourth anniversary of her death was to foil anti-democracy “conspiracies”.”Today we pay tributes to her. The best way to do it is to defend and protect democracy and democratic institutions in the country and foil all conspiracies against it,” the beleaguered Zardari said in a statement.Bhutto, twice-elected prime minister and wife of Zardari, was killed in a gun and suicide attack on December 27, 2007 in the garrison city of Rawalpindi after addressing an election rally.”Let us on this day re-dedicate ourselves to the democratic mission of Shaheed (martyr) Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto whose life was dedicated to fighting dictatorship and those seeking to defame and dismantle democratic institutions,” the president said.”I therefore urge all the democratic forces and the patriotic Pakistanis to foil all conspiracies against democracy and democratic institutions,” he said.Pakistan is rife with conspiracy theories and Zardari also termed the assassination of Bhutto a conspiracy.”Her assassination was a conspiracy to rid the world of its best weapon to combat international violent extremism. It was a conspiracy to rob Pakistan of its best hope to establish a fully functional democracy,” he said.Zardari's remarks came despite denials of a military coup from the powerful army chief and also from the Supreme Court top judge as he examined calls from the army and the opposition to probe the memo scandal last week.Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Saturday welcomed a statement by army chief General Ashfaq Kayani ruling out a military takeover.The military has carried out three coups in Pakistan and is considered the chief arbiter of power in the country of 174 million. SAMAA/ AGENCIES

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