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Kevin Rudd Condemns Benazir Bhutto Assassination

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has condemned the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto.

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Statement by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

I strongly condemn the murder of Benazir Bhutto and of all those killed in this terrible act.

The thoughts of all Australians are with those affected by this terrible attack.

I offer my condolences and best wishes to the people of Pakistan, all of whom will be deeply affected by this attack.

Benazir Bhutto was an historic figure of great influence in modern Pakistan. She had been campaigning resolutely for democracy in that country.

Despite a previous attempt to assassinate her on her return to Pakistan in October and the shocking loss of over a hundred lives in that attempt, Benazir Bhutto refused to bow to intimidation and the continuing threat to her life.

Throughout her life, Benazir Bhutto showed great courage and defiance in her resistance to extremism.

The extremists behind this attack cannot be allowed to succeed. I urge all parties in Pakistan to act with restraint and to work for a return to a peaceful democratic process.

It is my hope that a democratic Pakistan will be Benazir Bhutto’s legacy.

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