Indian envoy to Benazir: Terrorism is a common challenge for S. Asia

November 14th, 2007 - 2:32 am ICT by admin  
In a message conveyed to Benazir on behalf of the Government of India, Pal said, “We are horrified by the loss of innocent life caused by the terrorist attack on your convoy and the injuries to some of your senior colleagues.

“We are relieved that you yourself are unhurt.”

Terming terrorism as a common challenge for South Asian countries, he said: “We look forward to working with you to defeat terrorism in all its forms.”

Earlier today, New Delhi denounced the terrorist attack, saying “It is reprehensible that senior political figures are targeted in this way with such loss of innocent life.”

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Navtej Sarna said that the spectre of terrorism confronting the region “requires strong and determined action by all our Governments.”

At least 138 people were killed and hundreds injured late on Thursday night as suspected suicide bombers targeted Bhutto on her return.

Two explosions went off a minute apart shortly after midnight near Karsaz close to the vehicle Bhutto was travelling in, at the head of a procession of hundreds of thousands of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) supporters who had flooded the streets of Karachi to welcome her.

The attack reportedly bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda and resembled assassination attempts by militants linked to the terrorist network on President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in recent years.

A state of high alert has been declared in Karachi.

Schools and colleges will remain closed in the city. A medical emergency has been declared at the Jinnah and the Civil Hospitals here.

Traffic was thin on the roads of Karachi on Friday, as a majority of the people decided to remain indoors. (ANI)

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