Voices in the News A sound montage from the past week's news, including voices from Pakistan; President Bush; Karl Inderfurth, assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs during the Clinton administration; and presidential candidates.
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LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And these were some of the Voices in the News this past week.

Unidentified Man: Right now, you can see highlighted, the point where a hand rises from the crowd and fired two to three shots aimed in the direction of Ms. Bhutto.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: We stand with the people of Pakistan and their struggle against the forces of terror and extremism. We urge them to honor Benazir Bhutto's memory by continuing with the democratic process for which she so bravely and gave her life.

Mr. YUNIS GIL (Bakery Owner, Karachi, Pakistan): We are feeling sorry. She is the Pakistan hero, and our people like very much.

Mr. KARL INDERFURTH (Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs): But there is no logical follow-on leader to Benazir Bhutto in terms of her party. She was it. She was the leadership. There isn't a person that can just step into the void that will be left by her.

Mr. JAVED IQBAL CHEEMA (Spokesperson, Pakistan Interior Ministry): We just have an intelligence intercept that was recorded this morning in which Baitullah Mehsud sued has congratulated his people for carrying out this cowardly act.

Mr. MANSU ALI KAKA (Social Worker): Most people of the Pakistan want the election to be held. We know Pakistan is our country, but we want, you know, democracy now in our country, the Pakistan.

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois; Presidential Candidate): Before I start the speech that I was intending, I want to, obviously, say how I shocked and saddened we all are with the death of former prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto.

Mr. MITT ROMNEY (Former Republican Governor of Massachusetts; Presidential Candidate): This type of loss of life points out again the need for our nation and other civilized nations of the West and of the Muslim world to come together to support moderate Islamic leaders, moderate Islamic people to help them in their efforts to reject the violence and the extreme.

Senator HILLARY CLINTON (Democrat, New York; Presidential Candidate): I have known Benazir Bhutto for a dozen years. And I knew her as a leader. I knew her as someone who was willing to take risks to pursue democracy on behalf of the people of Pakistan.

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