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Prince Charles condoles Bhutto's death

Britain's Prince Charles said Benazir Bhutto's assassination underlines the "extraordinary threat we all face from extremism".

world Updated: Jan 01, 2008 21:23 IST


Britain's Prince Charles has condoled the death of former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto, saying her assassination underlines the "extraordinary threat we all face from extremism".

In a message to Bhutto's husband Asif Ali Zardari, Prince Charles said he and his wife were deeply shocked and saddened to hear of her death.

"This tragedy underlines the extraordinary threat we all face from extremism and terrorism. But we hope it will also show the world Pakistan's resilience as she comes to terms with the terrible tragedy," he said.

Charles said, "We pray with all our hearts that Ms Bhutto's memory will be honoured by a determination to pursue the democracy and stability to which she was so strongly committed.

"At this sad time, we just wanted to convey our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your family and, indeed, to the families of all those who lost their lives in this terrible attack," the heir to the British throne said.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who is travelling to Islamabad, was also expected to condole with Bhutto's family in her ancestral village of Naudero. However, the government advised him not to travel to Naudero because of the security situation.

The French ambassador has invited Pakistan People's Party leaders in Islamabad for a meeting with Kouchner at his residence on Wednesday.

Bhutto was assassinated in Rawalpindi on December 27.