Aust-Pakistanis fear for loved ones

Mar 30 2019 Published by under 深圳桑拿网

Australia's Pakistani community fear for loved ones back home in the wake of violent protests over the death of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.


But Aqueel Syed, an active member in Melbourne's Pakistani community, said it was the assassination of Ms Bhutto that was creating fear, not the riots themselves.

“When the leader of a party can be assassinated, can you imagine how it would be for ordinary people?” he told AAP.

“Nobody is safe, (that's) what they're feeling, it's terrible really.”

In Pakistan, at least 10 people have died in the hours following

Ms Bhutto's death, while rioters took to the streets with guns and destroyed property.

Ms Bhutto, 54, was assassinated in a gun and suicide bomb attack that killed around 20 people as she left an election rally yesterday in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad.

However, Mr Syed rejected calling the protests “riots” and said it was simply the typical way of expressing emotion in Pakistan.

He called on international communities to assist in a formal inquiry into Ms Bhutto's assassination, which he attributed to terrorists.

Travel advice upgraded

Australians have been advised not to travel to parts of Pakistan following the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has reviewed and reissued its travel advisory for the troubled country today following the attack.

It says Australians are strongly advised to reconsider the need to travel to Pakistan at this time due to the very high threat of terrorist attack sectarian violence and the unpredictable security situation.

It says anyone travelling to Pakistan should exercise extreme caution and those in Pakistan who are concerned for their safety should consider leaving.

Australians are advised to avoid any demonstrations, religious festivals, street rallies and public gatherings as they may turn violent.

The advisory also says the federal government has continued to receive credible reports that terrorists are in the advanced stages of planning attacks.

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