Letter to the Leadership of Pakistan Peoples Party
Please accept my sincere condolences for the tragic loss of your leader and my friend Benazir Bhutto. In this moment of grief, I would be grateful if you would extend these condolences to her family and friends.
Her political assassination is a testimony to the failure of democracy, which Benazir was willing to defend with her life, with integrity and courage that are the signs of great leadership. Benazir never shied away from the challenges lying ahead, returning to her homeland to take up the burden of leadership in a country stricken by political extremism and violence, despite explicit threats she had received, despite the heavy toll that her family had already paid in the service of the people of Pakistan.
This quality of leadership will be missed, not only in Pakistan, but by all of us, who saw in her a hope for a brighter future in this tormented country and for a more democratic world. It is now our duty to defend the cause for which she gave her life for, namely democracy and peace itself. Towards this objective, Pakistan’s People’s Party can count on our solidarity and help.
George A. Papandreou
President of Panhellenic Socialist Movement
And President of Socialist International
Message by Mr. Asif Ali Zardari
“Dear Mr George A. Papandreou,
Thank you for your kind messages of support and compassion during our time of loss. My wife and the Chairperson of the Pakistan People’s Party, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, was a kind, brave and principled person, who was willing to put her life on the line for her country and for her fight for democracy. Her tragic death is not only a loss for Pakistan and for her family, but for the entire world community.
While it is hard for us to reconcile this loss, we are urging Pakistan, and our supporters around the world, to honour her memory by supporting the ongoing democratic process, for which she paid the ultimate price.
As Pakistan transitions through this chaotic time, we will continue to count on the support of our friends and supporters around the globe, to help bring the perpetrators organizers and financers of this reprehensible act to justice and to help bring about a new era of peace, stability and democracy to Pakistan.
Asif Ali Zardari
Pakistan Peoples Party”