Responses to Open Letter to Congress - Senator Amy Klobuchar

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From Senator Amy Klobuchar on January 14, 2008:

Dear Antimidas:

Thank you for sharing with me your concern over the assassination of Pakistan Peoples Party leader, Benazir Bhutto, and U.S. policy towards Pakistan.  I appreciate hearing from you.

I was deeply saddened by the tragic assassination of Bhutto.  The Pakistani people have lost a beloved leader, the American people have lost a dear friend, and the world community has lost one of its strongest proponents of peace and democracy.

The current situation in Pakistan poses a significant threat to regional and international stability.  I believe the U.S. must demonstrate to President Musharraf that his present course of action is undermining his ability to lead his country and is not in either his own interest or the interests of the Pakistani people.  It is imperative that the Pakistani government fully restores the rule of law, releases all Pakistani citizens who have been unlawfully detained, and allows independent media to resume operating.  These steps must be taken as soon as possible in order to allow free and fair elections now scheduled for February. 

One of the most important parts of my job is listening to what the people of Minnesota have to say to me.  I am here in our nation’s capital to do the public’s business and to do right by the people of our state.  With that in mind, please do not hesitate to contact me again about matters of concern to you.

Sincerely,

Amy Klobuchar

United States Senator