Lahore, Dec 28: Across-section of people in Pakistan are mourning the loss of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in Rawalpindi"s Liaqat Bagh area late on Thursday evening. Most business centers have downed shutters, while public transportation has gone off the roads. A majority of citizens described the incident as a black day in the history of Pakistan.
Muhammad Aslam, a businessman said, “We have been deprived of an internationally acclaimed political leader whose presence in Pakistan after a long exile gave us hope that now people would have a democratic state. I have no words to express my sorrow." “This incident forecast bloodshed, turmoil and the extremely poor law and order. This tragic incident might turn the country into a state where no one will be safe," added Ahmed Ali, a pedestrian.
Kishwar Sultana, a motorist, said, “A nation that has no respect for its politicians, citizens and for those who want to change our lives has no right to be called a nation."
Most people blamed the government for the incident.
Sheraz Khan, a trader, said the country faced the possibility of a civil war.
“A government that has failed to maintain law and order in Pakistan and to save its political leaders has no right to remain in power. The democracy in Pakistan has been strangled forever," Khan added.
Bhutto had addressed an election rally in Rawalpindi before being killed. At least 30 other people died in the attack and several more were injured.