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.