The Indian government on Thursday reacted with spontaneous shock and horror at the assassination of Pakistan People’s party chief and former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
In Goa, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was “deeply shocked and horrified to hear of the heinous assassination of Mrs Benazir Bhutto. Mrs Bhutto was no ordinary political leader, but one who left a deep imprint on her time and age. Her contributions to a previous moment of hope in India Pakistan relations, and her intent to break India Pakistan relations out of the sterile patterns of the past, were exemplary. In her death, the sub continent has lost an outstanding leader who worked for democracy and reconciliation in her country. The manner of her going is a reminder of the common dangers that our region faces from cowardly acts of terrorism and of the need to eradicate this dangerous threat. My heartfelt condolences go to her family and the people of Pakistan who have suffered a grievous blow.”
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, recalling Bhutto’s contribution to improving India-Pakistan relations, said he “heard with shock and horror of the death of Mrs. Benazir Bhutto,” whose “contributions to democracy, to the improvement of India-Pakistan relations, and to the restoration of normalcy within Pakistan will be an inspiration.”
”Mrs.Bhutto was a brave and outstanding woman leader of the sub-continent. That she should fall to a barbarous terrorist attack is particularly tragic, and should strengthen our resolve to fight this scourge.”