'Bhutto no ordinary leader, left imprint on time and age': PM

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New Delhi, Dec 27 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today expressed shock and horror at the assassination of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, saying the sub-continent had lost an outstanding leader for democracy.

''I am deeply shocked and horrified to hear of the heinous assassination of Ms Bhutto,'' the Prime Minister said in a condolence message.

The Prime Minister who is on a two-day visit to Goa, said Ms Bhutto was no ordinary political leader, but one who left a deep imprint on her time and age.

''Her contributions to a previous moment of hope in India-Pakistan relations and her intent to break India-Pakistan relations out of the sterile patterns of the past, were exemplary. In her death the sub-continent has lost an outstanding leader who worked for democracy and reconciliation in her country,'' the Prime Minister said.

Dr Singh said the manner of her going was a reminder of the commmon dangers that the region faced from ''cowardly acts of terrorism and of the need to eradicate this dangerous threat.'' ''My heartfelt condolences go to her family and the people of Pakistan who have suffered a grievous blow,'' the Prime Minister added.


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