Benazirs death a terrible blow to democratic process: Indian dailies

December 28th, 2007 - 11:43 am ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Benazir Bhutto

New Delhi , Dec 28 (ANI): The assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was a tragedy and a terrible blow to the democratic process according to Indian dailies.

The Hindu has quoted some analysts as saying that the assassination will spell the end of the tentative movements towards democracy witnessed in recent months. While such outcome will suit the military establishment as well as the Islamists, it will have dangerously destabilising consequences, it added.

The Hindustan Times in a single point described the murder of Bhutto as Pakistan has fallen off the edge.

It seems impossible now for elections to go ahead in the foreseeable future not least because of one contender being horrifically taken out of the contest, but also because elections are the farthest thing from the mind of the people, the paper claimed.

The Times of India said that the assassination of Bhutto is an enormous tragedy not just for Pakistan , but also for all of South Asia . Now, the world needs to be extremely anxious about the state of Pakistan .

According to The Pioneer, the death of the Pakistan People’s Party leader threw the campaign for the January 8 election into chaos and stirred fears of mass protests and a wave of violence.

Similarly terming the assassination of Bhutto as a murder of democracy, The Tribune quoted, The attack on a rally addressed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Rawalpindi on the same day shows that the enemies of democracy are out to disrupt the January elections.

It went on to say that enemies of democracy in Pakistan want to create political instability in the country. It is doubtful whether the Musharraf regime has the will or the ability to bring the extremist forces whether religious or political under control.

The Asian Age said that Bhutto was a natural democrat and termed her loss as a hope is lost.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said that her death “is a reminder of the common dangers that our region faces from cowardly acts of terrorism.”

“In her death, the sub continent has lost an outstanding leader who worked for democracy and reconciliation in her country, Dr. Singh added.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that Bhutto was a brave and outstanding woman leader of the sub-continent.

“That she should fall to a barbarous terrorist attack is particularly tragic, and should strengthen our resolve to fight this scourge,” he added. (ANI)

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