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Bhutto’s son lashes out at the ‘stone-age’ Taleban ‘We don’t accept the law of terrorists’

KARACHI, Feb 15, (AFP): Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Pakistan’s assassinated premier Benazir Bhutto, on Saturday slammed the Taleban for trying to drag the country back to the “stone-age.” Addressing a gathering during the closing ceremony of a two-week cultural festival in his home province of Sindh, Bhutto also urged the country to rise up against the threats. “

The Taleban want to impose the law of terror in the country, but I want to tell them, if you have to live in Pakistan you will have to follow its constitution,” he said. “We don’t accept the law of terrorists” he added. “Some people are trying to bring back the stone-age era in the country in the name of Islam.” The start of 2014 has seen a surge in militant violence with more than 130 people killed. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has been under fire from political opponents for failing to mount a strong response to the upsurge in attacks.

The government has for months said it favoured talks with the Taleban but 25-year-old Zardari has spoken in favour of military action against them. Former premier Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December 2007 by the Pakistani Taleban after leaving a campaign rally of her Pakistan People’s Party. Her husband and Bilawal’s father Asif Ali Zardari was president from 2008-2013.

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