KILLINGS OF U.S. DIPLOMATS IN KARACHI, PAKISTAN -- HON. GARY L. ACKERMAN (Extension of Remarks - March 09, 1995)
HON. GARY L. ACKERMAN
in the House of Representatives
THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 1995
- Mr. ACKERMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my condolences to the families of the two Americans killed Tuesday in a terrorist attack in Karachi, Pakistan. United States personnel in Pakistan have long faced extremely dangerous and difficult conditions, especially in Karachi. Despite these obstacles, Americans have worked bravely and loyally.
- I also wish to voice my outrage at this brutal murder of the two American diplomats and the wounding of a third. This tragedy is made worse in that it was not a random attack, but targeted American consulate personnel. The perpetrator is still at large.
- Last month, a major suspect in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing fled to Pakistan. Because of the assistance of U.S. authorities, he was captured and extradited to face trial in New York. Extremist and terrorist groups with the mission of spreading violence through South Asia and other parts of the world continue to operate training centers in northern Pakistan, and apparently feel comfortable in seeking refuge there.
- We must press the government of Pakistan to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators of this crime. Pakistan's Government must also take more effective measures to control outlaw terrorist groups with training centers based in Pakistan. When Prime Minister Bhutto visits the United States next month, I urge the administration and Members of Congress to raise these issues in the strongest possible ways.
- Given the existence of terrorist training centers in Pakistan, the question arises as to the charges that the Islamabad Government is `looking the other way,' and why Pakistan should not be placed on the United States list of `State Sponsors of Terrorism.' I urge Secretary of State Christopher to review our relations with Pakistan in light of these ongoing problems and in response to yesterday's horrible attack.