October 19, 2007 / 5:02 AM / 11 years ago

INSTANT VIEW: Pakistan's Bhutto targeted on return home

A suspected suicide bomber killed 115 people on Friday in an attack targeting a vehicle carrying former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto through the streets of Karachi on her return from eight years of self-imposed exile.

Following are reactions to the attack.

WHITE HOUSE:

“The United States condemns the violent attack in Pakistan and mourns the loss of innocent life there,” Gordon Johndroe, White House National Security Council spokesman said.

“Extremists will not be allowed to stop Pakistanis from selecting their representatives through an open and democratic process.”

PAKISTAN PRESIDENT PERVEZ MUSHARRAF:

In a statement issued by the state run news agency, Musharraf said the attack represented “a conspiracy against democracy”.

BHUTTO’S HUSBAND:

Speaking from Dubai, Asif Ali Zardari told ARYONE World Television: “I blame government for these blasts. It is the work of the intelligence agencies.”

FRENCH PRESIDENT NICHOLAS SARKOZY:

“French President Nicolas Sarkozy condemns today’s attack which targeted Benazir Bhutto and which has left numerous victims.

He sends France’s condolences and his sympathy to the President and to the political authorities in Pakistan as well as to the families of the victims.

The president invites the Pakistani authorities to make sure that the process leading to legislative elections takes place in the best conditions, in particular by guaranteeing the security of politicians.”

U.N. SECRETARY-GENEARL:

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns this terrorist attack and expresses condolences to the families of the victims,” a statement said.

“He trusts that all political forces will act together to strengthen national unity.”

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