Discussion on Twitter
Dec 27, 2013
“It is not a sad day, it is a dark, darkest, gloomiest day in the history of this country. Something unthinkable has happened. Something inconceivable, unthinkable has happened. This is the saddest day in the history of this country.” said Nawaz Sharif on December 27th 2007 on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
Nawaz Sharif was the first mainstream political leader to reach the hospital and express his solidarity with Bhutto’s family and political workers. He vowed to “fight your [Bhutto’s] war from now on”.
“There is no doubt we were political rivals but we had a lot in common. She too was twice elected prime minister of this country as I was. We both spent long years in overseas exile. Indeed, that is where we managed to bury the bitterness of the past and forge a new relationship. Together we signed a Charter for Democracy: our joint struggle against Pervez Musharraf’s dictatorship was also to restore the constitution and law and order in Pakistan. Since then, we have been in constant touch with each other. Last Thursday, we were even campaigning in the same city, Rawalpindi. When I heard she was injured, I suspended my campaign and rushed to the hospital. Too late — she was dead.” said Nawaz Sharif in an interview a few days later.