Benazir Bhutto Assasinated

1953 - 2007

As if 2007 hasn’t proven to be shocking enough for Pakistan all around, the biggest hit was waiting the year end.

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was assasinated today evening in a suicide bomb and shooting incident. The incident so far points to a targeted killing. She has previously served as the Prime Minister of Pakistan twice. She follows her brothers in a line of being victims targeted attacks. Her father, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged in charges of crimes against the state. He was the Prime Minister of Pakistan who was deposed by Gen. Zia-ul-Haq.

The news has as should be expected spread violence through out the nation. The supporters of the PPP have come out on the streets in rage and in agony. Turmoil is gripping Islamabad and Karachi for example where people are firing and setting buses and other things ablaze. There have also been reports of the National Medical Centre in Karachi coming under intense pressure as fire was set around it.

In other reports as seen on television, PPP workers have vent their rage and agony against especially the PML-Q, burning their party’s banners and promotional material.

This attack has come at a very sensitive time for Pakistan, apart from of course the fact that Bhutto has died, in the sense that it follows a very turbulent situation in the country. Political parties across the country were gearing up for the elections. Bhutto was addressing a gathering of her supporters in Liaqat Bagh, Rawal Pindi. After the address Bhutto was leaving the park in her car when the attack took place. Reports say that she was also shot in the neck and doctors at the General Hospital at Pindi ( where she was taken) died primarily because of the Bullet wounds.

Other PPP leaders were also injured including Sherry Rehman. Asif Ali Zardari and their children are on their way to the country now.

The next few days will be very tense for the country, as the repercussions will be expected to grow more intense amid fears of a back lash much worse then the turmoil already witnessed across the nation today.

These are very testing times for Pakistan. These are very testing times for President Musharraf to ensure peace in the country. The entire region is of course affected by this incident, this incident of horror, of cowardice and a great shock.

The US, UK, Russia, India, Afghanistan, China and Iran have all expressed their deepest concerns for the safety of the nation and have condemned the attack. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PML-Q leaders have both addressed the media in condemning the attack and condoling with the family and closed ones of Bhutto.

I pray, and urge all those who read this to pray, for at this hour of great and deep sorrow, it is our only hope. May Allah save us all. May Allah save this nation. But also , may the people of this nation be granted the courage and the wisdom and the rationality to save itself. Ameen.



  1. A post without a personal opinion is a rarity with you Shiraz. You’re very right about testing times for Pakistan. Makes one wonder what side of the coin is to blame: the uneducated majority, or the crooked (albeit, borderline charismatic) leaders that manipulate the masses. Or is it democracy? Are we incompatible with it or vice versa ?

    As far as Ms Bhutto goes, I always believed she should have stayed away from the political khichri of Pakistan. Charges of corruption might be insubstantial, but a conviction isn’t. However Bhutto’s very abrupt departure from this world (and effectively the political scenario) brings fear into my mind. Fear of worsening security situations for Pakistani citizens. Fear of the utter collapse of Pakistan’s political system. Fear of more pressure from the international community. Failed State, anyone ?

  2. Strong assumptions my friend. What we cannot afford to do now is to lose hope, and not play the blame-game for a change. If Zardari, or the other “big guns” of Pakistani politics make “positive” statements in public, then THAT might be the only thing that could help in calming these people down. Army is just going to take too long to do something about this. Sigh.

    Be safe.

  3. @ Sarfaraz … i wrote this while i was still in shock, hence there is no opinions attached to it.

    @ Taha … i think at this point in time, Zardari is the last person who would come to the behest of the PPP. I don’t think he will be accepted. No i feel there is someone else.

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