Sri Lanka says Bhutto killing shows need for committed ‘fight on terror’

Dec 28, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka condemned Friday the assassination of Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto and said it underscored the need for “absolute commitment” to fight terrorism. “This brutal assassination, underlines the need for the absolute commitment to fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, in order to make it unacceptable in civilized society,” the Colombo government said.

Sri Lanka described Bhutto as a South Asian leader who “successfully stood up for democracy” and said it condemned her killing on Thursday “in the strongest terms.”

Bhutto, who returned from exile in October and planned to contest January parliamentary elections, was killed in a shooting and suicide attack during a campaign rally in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi. .