British Foreign Sec On The Death Of Benazir Bhutto
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK)
Statement from the Foreign Secretary on the death of Benazir Bhutto
"I am deeply shocked by news of the latest attack in Rawalpindi which has claimed the life of Benazir Bhutto and killed at least 15 other people. My thoughts and sincere condolences go to Ms Bhutto's family at this terrible time, as well as to the families of all those who lost their lives in this senseless attack.
Benazir Bhutto showed in her words and actions a deep
commitment to her country. She knew the risks of her return
to campaign but was convinced that her country needed her.
This is a time for restraint but also unity. All those
committed to a stable future for Pakistan will condemn
without qualification all violence perpetrated against
innocent people. In targeting Benazir Bhutto extremist
groups have in their sights all those committed to
democratic processes in Pakistan. They cannot and must not
The large Pakistani community in the United Kingdom will be gravely concerned about these latest developments. Let me reassure them that the UK government will continue to work with all those who want to build a peaceful and democratic Pakistan."
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