Friday, 15 December 2017

British PM Theresa May pays tribute to Benazir at UN

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UNITED NATIONS: British Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the United Nations General Assembly the other day and paid tribute to Benazir Bhutto on the tenth year of her death anniversary.

In her address, British PM said, “This year is the tenth anniversary of the death of the woman who introduced me to my husband and who is known well to many of us in this United Nations. Benazir Bhutto was brutally murdered by people who actively rejected the values that all of us here at the United Nations stand for.”

It is pertinent to mention here that Theresa May met her husband Philip at an Oxford University Conservatives disco in 1976; more importantly, they were introduced by Benazir Bhutto.

“In a country that has suffered more than most at the hands of terrorists, murdered for standing up for democracy, murdered for espousing tolerance and murdered for being a woman. When I think of a hundred and thousands of victims of terrorism in countries across the world I think of their friends, their families, their communities devastated by this evil and I say, enough is enough,” she added.

The British PM also said: “The fundamental values that we share—values of fairness, justice and human rights—that have created the common cause between nations to act together in our shared interest and form the multilateral system.

“And it is this rules-based system which we have developed—including the institutions, the international frameworks of free and fair trade; agreements such as the Paris climate accord; and laws and conventions like the Non-Proliferation Treaty—which enables the global co-operation through which we can protect those values.

“If this system we have created is found no longer to be capable of meeting the challenges of our time—then there will be a crisis of faith in multilateralism and global co-operation that will damage the interests of all our peoples,” she said.

Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari thanked May in a tweet.

“Thank you Theresa May for remembering Shaheed #BenazirBhutto at the #UNGA,” he said.

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