Fight against terror fitting tribute to Benazir: Pranab

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Islamabad, May 20 (UNI) India today called for joint efforts to combat terrorism, saying that would be a fitting tribute to former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's memory and legacy.

"For the sake of our collective futures, we must work together to combat the menace of terrorism that would be a fitting tribute to (Benazir) Bhutto's memory and her legacy," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on his arrival here.

The External Affairs Minister who is here for talks with his Pakistani counterpart Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on taking forward the Composite Dialogue Process (CDP) into its fifth round, said in his arrival statement at the Chaklala Air Force Base that as the two countries resume the high-level dialogue, he could not but reflect on the tragic assassination of "Mohtrama" Benazir Bhutto.

He said her death was still a fresh wound and a loss not just for Pakistan but the entire region.

"Her loss is still a fresh wound. Not just Pakistan, but our entire region has lost a charismatic leader of great promise, foresight and capability," the External Affairs Minister said in the statement.

Later Mr Mukherjee also met PPP leader and Benazir Bhutto's husband Asif Ali Zardari.


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