Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto Assassinated - 27/12/2007 !!

The political situation in Pakistan worsened even further with today's public assassination of former Prime minister of Pakistan and the PPP Party leader Benazir Bhutto, the unfortunate incident happened as she was leaving a election rally in Rawalpindi at around 6.00 PM local time. The actual details of today's incident are not known yet, but for now the reports suggest that she was shot at a close range with a AK-47 rifle, and later the attacker blew himself up. It is not clear whether the shots or the bomb blast caused the death of Bhutto. Also initial estimates suggest that the total number of dead maybe around 20. The whole incident can be seen as a serious security lapse as the attacker(s) was(were) able to get so close to Bhutto's vehicle with a rifle and a explosive vest, this after the previous attempt on her life on the day she returned to Pakistan on October 18th. More than 130 people were killed in that attack but Benazir managed to escape unhurt.

Pics from her last ever Political Rally in Rawalpindi; minutes before she was gunned down.

Image Courtesy: Getty Images & Telegraph

Now, there might be a lot of different views on her ideology and her political moves, but her intentions cannot be questioned by anyone. She was a crusader for the people of Pakistan in their fight against dictatorship and she was leading the opposition in their bid to dethrone Musharaff in the General elections. But, then there have been a lot of rumors about her secret coalition with Musharaff et. al, but still she at least gave the people the hope of a free Pakistan(though, only in her speeches ). The shocking way her life came to an end makes you think whether this is the end of all hope for Peace and Democracy in Pakistan. The whole country is in a state of turmoil, and her supporters are resorting to protests all over the country. Well, Musharaff declared a emergency in November when there was no justified need for it, not the situation in Pakistan surely warrants a Emergency status. Riots are breaking out in many parts of the country with the PPP party claiming that President Musharaff was behind the attack.

A pic of the blast.

Image Courtesy: Getty Images

With today's events the fate of the general elections slated for January 8th looks very bleak. It is mostly expected that the elections will be postponed till the present situation gets resolved or at least brought under control.

A few tidbits about Benazir Bhutto.

She was born in Karachi on 21st June 1953.

Bhutto was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, former president and prime minister of Pakistan, who was hanged in 1979 for the murder of a political opponent.

Her brother, Murtaza, was killed along with six others in a 1996 shootout with police at his home. Another brother, Shahnawaz, died mysteriously in France in 1985.

Benazir Bhutto earned degrees from Radcliffe College and Oxford University and received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 1989.

She is survived by her husband Asif Ali Zardari, two daughters and a son.

May her soul rest in peace ..

2 ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

vijay said...

Really a death of democracy....(thought there ain't one existed)
It was almost public that she was some day going to be killed this way,she herself accepted before media (after her entry to pakistan in oct 2007)that her life was in great danger and that she could be killed anytime....

She also said that she is not araid of her life and that she is ready to face death in the process of reviving democracy in pakistan...

May be she was not really expecting any realtime danger and said that for publicity,but,now she stands apart as an soldier who fought with courage and bravery for her country......

may her soul rest in peace...

Guru said...

She might kept saying she was expecting this, but i'm sure she did not expect something as cruel as this, and i'm guessing she should've really been looking forward to the elections.

In the last elections in 2002 the PPP was the single largest opposition in terms of seats held, and if definitely looked really promising for her this time too, cos' she was really riding on a wave. But then i guess if the election goes ahead on time ( the chances of which aren't all that great ) her party will surely gain from a vote swing because of this incident.

And i guess blaming Mush isn't really right, he's been really foolish in the past, but does not mean he'll lose his mind and do something as foolish as this. I think it was her pro-US stance that led to this. And it is going to be interesting to see how Mush comes down on the fundamentalists after this incident, cos' he'll be under a lot of pressure from all quarters ..

Hmm.. Tough times for the people of Pakistan.

 
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