Congress of the United States

Washington, DC 20515
May 15, 1995

Benazir Bhutto
Prime Minister
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Prime Minister Secretariat
Islamabad, PAKISTAN

Dear Prime Minister Bhutto:

We are shocked and deeply saddened by the brutal murder of Iqbal Masih.

Iqbal embodied the best in Pakistani youth and was an inspiration to all of us. He was a shining beacon of hope for a better life for all of the children in our world. His great courage and leadership at twelve years of age impressed and moved millions of people here in America and around the world to press for action against the enslavement and commercial exploitation of children everywhere.

Iqbal had accomplished much in his short life. The children of Pakistan have lost one of their most able and effective advocates. And your whole nation has lost someone who would have contributed greatly to the country in the future.

We want you to know that we honor Iqbal's life and deeds and will not let his cause be forgotten or his work be in vain. We are even more firmly committed to continuing his efforts to end child slavery in the carpet industry and wherever else it is exposed.

We stand ready to work with you to protect Pakistan's children so they can grow up to contribute to Pakistani society and economy as adults. It is tragic that so many of your youth see their ablities, and even their lives, used up by exploitive employers before their talents and ability to contribute to Pakistan's further growth are fully developed.

We urge that every effort be made to find the persons involved in the murder of Iqbal and bring them to justice for this outrageous crime. A prompt resolution of the case will send an important message to Pakistani society about the importance you place on justice, Pakistani children, and your country's future.


Tom Harkin, U.S. Senator

George E. Brown, Jr., Member of Congress

Bernie Sanders, Member of Congress

Lane Evans, Member of Congress

Frank Wolf, Member of Congress

William Clay, Member of Congress

Joseph Moakley, Member of Congress

Luis Gutlerrez, Member of Congress

Barney Frank, Member of Congress

Sandy Levin, Member of Congress

Patricia Schroeder, Member of Congress

Neil Abercrombie, Member of Congress

Robert Underwood, Member of Congress

Sanford Bishop, Member of Congress

Frank Pallone, Member of Congress

Sherrod Brown, Member of Congress

Esteban Edward Torres, Member of Congress

Gerry Studds, Member of Congress

Jose' Serrano, Member of Congress

Peter Visclosky, Member of Congress

Lucille Roybal-Allard, Member of Congress

Byron Dorgan, U.S. Senator

Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator

Edward Kennedy, U.S. Senator

Paul Simon, U.S. Senator

Larry Pressler, U.S. Senator

Dale Bumpers, U.S. Senator

John D. Rockefeller, U.S. Senator

Christopher Dodd, U.S. Senator

Harris Fawell, Member of Congress

Mike Ward, Member of Congress

Ronald Dellums, Member of Congress

Gary Ackerman, Member of Congress

Congress letter to Prime Minister Bhutto


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