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In quotes: Bhutto blast reaction
Leaders in Pakistan and around the world have been reacting to the deadly bomb attack on the convoy of returning Pakistani ex-PM Benazir Bhutto. She escaped unhurt but at least 130 others were killed.

STATEMENT FROM PAKISTAN PRESIDENT PERVEZ MUSHARRAF

President Musharraf said he condemned this attack in the strongest possible words.

Bomb attack aftermath in Karachi
Ms Bhutto was returning from eight years in self-imposed exile

He said this was a conspiracy against democracy. The president appealed to the nation and especially the people of Karachi to exercise patience and calm in this hour.

Gen Musharraf said the government would take every step to trace the culprits and punish them. He said the government would bear all the expenses for the medical treatment of the injured.

BENAZIR BHUTTO'S LONDON SPOKESMAN WAJID HASSAN

"It's shocking, but it does not come as a surprise because we had been told, through newspaper, media and other people, that something of this sort would happen, and especially from those people who are scared of Ms Bhutto's return to Pakistan politically. They fear democracy, because she symbolises democracy in the country, and they would have created any sort of impediment."

MS BHUTTO'S HUSBAND ASIF ALI ZARDARI

"Those who are going to lose power and ministries are involved in this act. Madam Bhutto had already indicated that they were a threat and had written a letter to Mr Musharraf with their names. I blame those who are going to lose power after Madam Bhutto's return."

PAKISTAN MUSLIM LEAGUE LEADER NAWAZ SHARIF

"The basic responsibility lies on the shoulders of the government. They are the ones who are responsible to provide security to a national leader of the stature of Benazir Bhutto... We see that suicide bombings are a new phenomena in the history of Pakistan."

KARACHI POLICE CHIEF AZHAR FAROOQI

"This was a typical suicide attack and there's very little you can do in a situation when you have a procession comprising thousands of people and they're all around the motorcade, and that was desired by the People's Party... They had their own supporters, their workers all around the motorcade."

PAKISTAN'S AMBASSADOR TO THE US, MAHMUD ALI DURRANI

"She's a political leader, she was working the crowds, and her cavalcade was moving almost at less than a snail's pace, so they have to allow people to come close then yet protect her, so it is sometimes impossible to do that. I think a lot of security measures were taken - so these are hazards of leadership in our area."

GORDON JOHNDROE, WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN

"The United States condemns the violent attack in Pakistan and mourns the loss of innocent life there. Extremists will not be allowed to stop Pakistanis from selecting their representatives through an open and democratic process."

AFGHAN PRESIDENT HAMID KARZAI

"This proves that once again Afghanistan and Pakistan and our international friends must focus the strongest attention in the war against terrorism and this war must be fought in the right place."

INDIAN EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTRY SPOKESMAN NAVTEJ SARNA

"We strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Karachi yesterday. It is reprehensible that senior political figures are targeted in this way with such loss of innocent lives. The spectre of terrorism entering a region requires strong and determined action by all our governments."

STATEMENT FROM UN SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

"The secretary-general strongly condemns this terrorist attack and expresses condolences to the families of the victims. He trusts that all political forces will act together to strengthen national unity."

UK FOREIGN SECRETARY DAVID MILIBAND

"I condemn utterly the use of violence against entirely innocent people and the attempt to suppress the right of Pakistanis to express their democratic voice. I share the shock of the Pakistani community in the United Kingdom at these horrific attacks."

AUSTRALIAN PM JOHN HOWARD

"It's too early to be certain but it looks very much like the work of al-Qaeda. Benazir Bhutto, to her credit, as well as General Musharraf, have both said they will continue to support the Americans in the war on terror. It is a reminder of the evil of al-Qaeda. It is a reminder of how important it is not to concede a victory to them in Iraq or in Afghanistan."

STATEMENT FROM FRENCH PRESIDENT NICOLAS SARKOZY

"Nicolas Sarkozy condemns the 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."



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