Mayawati condemns Bhutto's assassination

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Lucknow, Dec 27 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today condemned the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, saying the sub-continent has lost a leader, who worked for democracy and reconciliaton in her country.

''Ms Bhutto was as popular as her father...she was an eminent figure in Pakistani political life. The political stalwart became the Pakistan PM twice,'' Mayawati said in a condolence message.

Appealing to Pakistani people that Bhutto's assassination should strengthen the resolve to fight terrorism, she underlined ''the fatal attack on the former PM does not unveil a brave face. It is the most inhuman act.'' Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state preident Rama Pati Ram Tripathi said ''Bhutto's killing is an assassination of democracy.'' Expressing shock, Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari said ''the horrendous act has shaken peace loving people from the core of their heart. Bhutto's killing has revealed that terrorism is deep-rooted in Pakistan.'' UNI

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