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Reactions to Bhutto assassination
The killing of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in a suicide attack at an election rally in Rawalpindi has drawn widespread national and international condemnation.

PAKISTAN PRESIDENT PERVEZ MUSHARRAF

We shall not rest till we tackle this problem and eliminate all the terrorists. This is the only way the nation will be able to move forward, otherwise this will be the biggest obstacle to our advancement.

I want to take this opportunity to appeal to the nation to stay calm and show fortitude.

PAKISTAN OPPOSITION LEADER NAWAZ SHARIF

It is not a sad day, it is a dark, darkest, gloomiest day in the history of this country. Something unthinkable has happened. Something inconceivable, unthinkable has happened.

US PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH

The United States strongly condemns this cowardly act by murderous extremists who are trying to undermine Pakistan's democracy. Those who committed this crime must be brought to justice.

INDIAN PRIME MINISTER MANMOHAN SINGH

In her death the subcontinent 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.

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN

I hope the organisers of the crime will be found and that they get the punishment they deserve.

It is a challenge launched by the forces of terrorism against Pakistan, but also against the international community.

AFGHAN PRESIDENT HAMID KARZAI

We in Afghanistan condemn this act of cowardice and immense brutality in the strongest possible terms. She sacrificed her life for the sake of Pakistan and for the sake of this region.

UN SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

I strongly condemn this heinous crime and call for the perpetrators to be brought to justice as soon as possible.

This represents an assault on stability in Pakistan and its democratic processes.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT JOSE MANUEL BARROSO

This is an attack against democracy and against Pakistan.

We hope that Pakistan will remain firmly on track for a return to democratic civilian rule.

FRENCH PRESIDENT NICOLAS SARKOZY

I condemn this odious act with the greatest severity.

Terrorism and violence have no place in the democratic debate and in the combat of ideas and programmes. More than ever it is necessary for the [Pakistani] legislative elections to... take place in conditions of pluralism, transparency and security.

UK PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN

Benazir Bhutto may have been killed by terrorists but the terrorists must not be allowed to kill democracy in Pakistan and this atrocity strengthens our resolve that terrorists will not win there, here or anywhere in the world.

We will work with all in the Pakistani community in Britain and elsewhere in the world so that we can have a peaceful and safe and democratic Pakistan.

VATICAN SPOKESMAN FREDERICO LOMBARDI

This attack shows how extremely difficult it is to pacify a nation so wrought by violence.

We share the sadness of the Pakistani population.

IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN MOHAMMAD ALI HOSSEINI

The Pakistan government should use all efforts to identify the terrorist group which caused this incident and punish them to prevent terrorist groups from finding opportunities to undertake such actions again.

ISRAELI PRESIDENT SHIMON PERES

Benazir Bhutto was a courageous woman who did not hide her ideas, did not know fear and served her country with courage.





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