Advani aghast over twin blasts in Karachi

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New Delhi, Oct 19 (UNI) Senior BJP leader L K Advani today said he was aghast at the news of terrorists attacking the convoy of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto within hours of her return to Pakistan after eight years in self-exile.

The Leader of the Opposition, in a statement, said the deaths of at least 130 people in the twin bomb blasts showed how the terrorists wanted to inflict maximum damage on an event organised to celebrate the ''return of democracy'' in Pakistan.

He said he was 'relieved' that Ms Bhutto had survived the bid on her life. Last night's attack had shown that battles for democracy and against terror were inter-related. However, it was ironic that another former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was prevented from returning to his own country recently, he added.

Mr Advani said he strongly favoured a stable and democratic Pakistan and strong Indo-Pakistan relations for peace, development and progress of the two countries. The neighbours should put up a resolute fight against religious extremism and terrorism, he said.

''I join fellow Indians in extending solidarity to the people of Pakistan in their arduous two-pronged battle against terror,'' he added.


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