December 2007 News

Dastardly, barbaric act: Kashmir leaders

28 December 2007
The Hindu

SRINAGAR: Cutting across party lines, leaders from both mainstream and separatist parties have strongly condemned the killing of the former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and described it as “dastardly, barbaric and cowardly.” They expressed concern over the situation in Pakistan. It was not healthy for peace in the sub- continent.“It is a serious setback to the return of democracy in the neighbouring country” said Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. The killing of Benazir was not assassination of an individual but of democracy in Pakistan, which would impact the politics of the sub- continent. “We were looking forward to the return of democracy in Pakistan, but the assassination of Ms Bhutto amidst election scenario is tragic news bound to adversely affect the electoral process there,” Mr. Azad said.The former Chief Minister and PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said a terrible disaster had struck not only the Bhutto family but the peace-loving people of the whole South Asian region as well. “The heinous murder of Ms. Bhutto has not only added another tragic victim to the family, but has left the whole world in general and the people of the sub-continent in particular in great shock and agony. It is a shattering moment of great loss and mourning for the people of the region,” he said. The time had come for all right-thinking people to take a fresh stock of the situation and work together for uprooting the scourge of violence and senseless blood- letting from the region.


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