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Too shocking for words, says Badal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today described the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto as “too shocking for words”.

In a statement issue here, Badal said Bhutto’s efforts to restore democracy in her country would long be remembered.

The Chief Minister also offered his condolences to the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to give strength and courage to them to bear this irreparable loss and grant peace to the departed soul.

Meanwhile, Punjab Congress president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has described her assassination as the darkest day in the democracy of Pakistan.

Expressing deep shock and anguish over her death, Bhattal said it was an unbelievable act and a sad day for India who was keenly watching developments across the border and was hoping for peace to become permanent there.

Senior CPI leader Joginder Dayal said the assassination was the biggest tragedy for Pakistan and the darkest day for people all over the
world who believed in a democratic set-up.

Similar messages of shock and strong condemnation of the assassination of the Pakistan’s Prime Ministerial candidate for the coming election have also been received from journalists and politicians, etc.

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Geelani calls for Kashmir bandh
Tribune News Service/Agencies

Srinagar, December 27
The mainstream and separatist political organisations in Kashmir have expressed shock over the murder of Benazir Bhutto with separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, calling for a strike in the valley tomorrow.

Geelani termed her killing as a setback to the resolution of the Kashmir issue. Several political parties are expected to hold public demonstrations tomorrow in protest of Bhutto’s assassination.

Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has described her killing a sad day for the people of Pakistan and also for the people of Kashmir. He extended sympathies for the Bhutto family, the Pakistan People's Party and the people of Pakistan.

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