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PM: Bhutto worked for democracy

New Delhi, Dec. 27: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the people of Pakistan had suffered a grievous blow as India joined the world in condemning Benazir Bhutto’s “barbaric” assassination.

“Mrs Bhutto was no ordinary political leader, but one who left a deep imprint on her time and age,” he said in a statement.

Singh said he was “deeply shocked and horrified to hear of the heinous assassination” and added that it was a “reminder” of the “dangers” the subcontinent faced from terrorists.

“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,” his statement said.

“The subcontinent has lost an outstanding leader who worked for democracy and reconciliation in her country. My heartfelt condolences go to her family and the people of Pakistan who have suffered a grievous blow,” he said, lauding her intent to improve India-Pakistan relations and to break out of the sterile patterns of the past.

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