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Benazir Bhutto Assassinated

Posted on December 27, 2007
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Adil Najam

News is just breaking that former Prime Minister and head of the Pakistan People’s Party, Benazir Bhutto was killed in Rawalpindi in a terrorist attack.

She was gunned down by an assassin who then blew himself up in a suicide attack. This happened at the end of her rally in Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi; the same place where Liaqat Ali Khan, Pakistan’s first Prime Minister was assassinated. Major news networks are now reporting that following bomb blasts at Benazir Bhutto’s rally in Rawalpindi, shots were fired directly targeting her. Her husband, Asif Ali Zardari says that one of these shots hit her in the neck and killed her.



According to early BBC reports:

Assassinated Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto

Pakistani former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been killed in a presumed suicide attack, a military spokesman has announced on TV. Earlier reports said Ms Bhutto had only been injured and taken to hospital.

Ms Bhutto had just addressed a pre-election rally in the town of Rawalpindi when the bomb went off. At least 15 other people are reported killed in the attack and several more were injured. Ms Bhutto had twice been the country’s prime minister. She was campaigning ahead of elections due in January.

‘She expired’

The explosion occurred close to an entrance gate of the park in Rawalpindi where Ms Bhutto had been speaking. Benazir Bhutto had been addressing rallies in many parts of Pakistan
PPP spokesman Farhatullah Babar initially said that Ms Bhutto was safe. But later he told the BBC that Ms Bhutto had died. Another member of the PPP, Wasif Ali Khan, told the Associated Press news agency from the Rawalpindi General Hospital: “At 6:16 pm (1316 GMT) she expired.”

I, like most Pakistanis, am still too numb with shock and grief to think coherently about what has happened or what the implications of this are for the country and for the world. But this I know, whether you agreed with her political positions or not you cannot but be in shock. Even as I type these lines I am literally shaking. Hers was a tragic life story. So tragic that had it not been real no one would have believed it.



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Assassinated Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto

At this point all sorts of thoughts float through the politics of this. Why did this happen? Why was it not stopped? What could have been done to stop this senseless murder? Maybe she should not have come back? Who did this? What will this mean for the elections? What will this mean for the PPP? What will this mean for Gen. Musharraf? What will this mean for Pakistan? But all of these are paled by thoughts about Benazir as a person. The woman. The wife. The mother. The human being. What about her?

I have not always agreed with her politically but there was always a respect for her political courage. I had met her many times, first as a journalist covering her when she had just returned to Pakistan in the Zia era and before she became Prime Minister. Later a number of times in her two stints as Prime Minister and thena few times during her exile. In that last period she toll to referring to me as “Professor sahib” and some of our exchanges were more candid (at least on my part) than they had been earlier.

At a human level this is a tragedy like no other. Only a few days ago I was mentioning to someone that the single most tragic person in all of Pakistan – maybe all the world – is Nusrat Bhutto. Benazir’s mother. Think about it. Her husband, killed. One son alledgedly poisoned. Another son assassinated. Daughter rises to be Prime Minister twice, but jailed, exiled, and finally gunned down.

Today, in shock, I can think only of Benazir Bhutto the human being. Tomorrow, maybe, I will think of politics.

350 Comments on “Benazir Bhutto Assassinated”

  1. Zubi says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:50 am

    Has she really been killed?

  2. MQ says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:52 am

    Terrible, terrible tragedy!

  3. jyoti says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:55 am

    this is beyond words. i’m stunned.

  4. Asma says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:02 am

    May be death called her from London/Dubai to Rawalpindi …!

  5. Adnan Ahmad says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:03 am

    What a tragedy. I am speechless.

  6. jk says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:04 am

    My condolences to her family, friends, supporters and country :(

    This is horrible news. Unbelievable. She was one of the people who seemed invincible to me.

    I am still wishing that this is fake news.

    With conditions like these, I fear that Pakistan has no hope for progress in our life times.

  7. jk says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:07 am

    Where was the security?

  8. Owais Mughal says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:10 am

    This is a very sad news. My condolences.

  9. Zeeshan says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:15 am

    Adil Saab, I completely agree: you cannot not be shocked to some degree.

    What a legacy this family has left and will leave for us…

    “From Him do we come, and to him shall we return…”

  10. Saloni says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:18 am

    My heartfelt condolences to all the Pakistanis……but one thing is clear, militancy is the most prominent thing in Pakistan, democracy has no chances of survival…..i really felt bad for Bhutto, again, my condolences r with all those close to her, may her soul rest in peace…….

  11. Shahran Asim says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:21 am

    We are all shocked. This is a tragic incident where history repeated itself at Liaquat Bagh.

  12. Sridhar says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:25 am

    Absolutely shocking. I think this event is way beyond mere condolences. I worry for the future of Pakistan, for the region and for the world as a whole. May God protect us all.

  13. baber says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:25 am

    First Bhutto then Shahnawaz, then murtaza and now Benazir. It is sad.

  14. jk says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:28 am

    Many powerful people want Pakistan to exist for ONE REASON: For their own benefit and advantage. They don’t want to see Pakistan prosper. They want to see themselves prosper and they will kill any one who is capable of bringing about any sort of positive change.

  15. jk says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:29 am

    I hope interpol gets involved and finds out the perpetrators. However, the damage has already been done. There can be no recovery. It’s too late.

    There is no one else close to having her experience, qualifications or charisma.

  16. AM says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:37 am

    Sad news, and my condolences.

    As much as I detested her, I would rather she have been marginalized through the electoral process and the bars on third time premiership.

    JK:

    As long as Pakistan can only have change brought about by individuals, Pakistan will not change. What we need are institutions – and the political parties should not be immune from this requirement. The parties need to be depositories of certain ideals and policies, that their elected leadership can sell to the nation and implement when they come to power.

    Were that the case, there would be no need to “assassinate” individuals, since the party itself, and the ideals it represented, would be undamaged, with new leadership ready to step in.

  17. AWS says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:41 am

    What a tradegy! Where all of it is going to end…

  18. jk says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:45 am

    Images show that she was standing out of the roof of her car. Not a wise decision for a person like her.

  19. atia says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:45 am

    This is the most devastating news i have heard since the execution of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazirs father. I can not come to terms with such tragic news and hope that her assasinator is caught. All I can say is that after this attack I have lost faith in the future of Pakistan, there is no future, it is heading towards doom.

  20. yasin says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:46 am

    Bad VEry Bad
    Its Very SAd News
    Ooho She was Nice after All she was a human
    Khair May its Good God s Work is Always nice

  21. meengla@yahoo.com says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:47 am

    No words can describe the sorrow. No words. May her noble soul rest in peace. She had her faults but she was the only one who had roots in most parts of Pakistan and that itself was good for Pakistan.
    I see no hope for Pakistan now. Anyone who will raises head like her will be taken care of while the LOTAS allied with the military will never be touched.
    Yes, rejoice now those who felt sad when she ESCAPED assasination on 18th Oct. 2007. That assasinated was ‘stage managed’ according to them. Do you want to see how the educated classes can sink in Pakistan? Then please go http://www.pakistanidefenceforum.com and see the glee and joy in some people’s posts!!

  22. jk says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:48 am

    Atia > I feel the same way :(

    Yasin > Are you saying that God’s work was a terrorist attack and murder? No. This is the work of a power hungry crazy human who God has warned us against.

  23. Azaz Syed says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:50 am

    Dear readers,

    After this sad news certain things are obvious in Pakistan.

    1-Elections will be postponed.
    2-General (retired) Musharraf in any way would have to go.
    3-Pakistani federation would face severe problems of its existance as the Sindhi leaders would again blame Punjabis for the assasination.
    4-Governmnt will nominate Al-Qaeda or local Taliban for the killing of Benazir Bhutto.
    and the worst scenario is that

    5-Pakistan may witness anarchy.

    Azaz Syed,

  24. Azaz Syed says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:52 am

    Dear readers,

    After this sad news certain things are obvious in Pakistan.

    1-Elections will be postponed.
    2-General (retired) Musharraf in any way would have to go.
    3-Pakistani federation would face severe problems of its existance as the Sindhi leaders would again blame Punjabis for the assasination.
    4-Governmnt will nominate Al-Qaeda or local Taliban for the killing of Benazir Bhutto.
    and the worst scenario is that

    5-Pakistan may witness anarchy.

    Azaz Syed,
    Islamabad.03335551666

  25. Saleem says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:53 am

    Inna-lillahay wa-inna alayhay rajayoon

    It is sorry news that BB got assassinated and thus got shaheed. People may have differences with her and what she did to Pakistan while in power, but than that does not mean that anyone should have any two thoughts about her death.

    Unfortunately, she knew the danger and she was warned many times but in love of power and adamant of doing public rallies, this unfortunate thing was waiting to happen. Here is a warning to her that was coming before she even entered Pakistan.

    Daily Times: Friday, October 05, 2007

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C10%5C05%5Cstory_5-10-2007_pg1_6

  26. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:54 am

    This is yet another attempt to destabilise Pakistan. It will benefit only the enemies of Pakistan both within and outside the country. Pakistani Taliban and their supporters, the Al-Qaeda types, and Islamic extremists , none of them have any interest in stable and progressive Pakistan. On the other hand they will like to create maximum chaos in the country with the hope of emerging as the only controlling force. This is a sad sad day for Pakistan. Only enemies of Pakistan could take comfort in such barbaric killing of a national politician, no matter how controversial.

  27. riitu says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:57 am

    its a terrible terrible loss

    no matter what, she was a symbol of hope for the future

    god knows what else is there in store…

    RIP – daughter of the east

  28. Sridhar says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:57 am

    I heard on the radio just now that she was killed at Liaqat Bagh in Rawalpindi. Isn’t it the same place where Liaqat himself was assassinated?

  29. Qasim Kayani says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:02 am

    allah B.B ko jannet naseeb karey aur mulk k dusmanuen ko halak karey

  30. MAZ says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:06 am

    It is a terrible loss indeed,The bhuttos remind me of the kennedies.May Allah(s.w.t) give her family sabr at this time of mind numbing grief

    And people please,please stop thinking negatively.Pakistan will prevail inshallah.you guys are our intellectualls, the brains of our society plz plz dont push us(the youth) down the cynical road.

    Pakistan Zindabaad!!!!
    Pakistan Zindabaad!!!
    Pakistan Zindabaad!!!!

  31. jk says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:07 am

    Sridhar > That is true.

    Sad news :( Horrible thing to wake up to.

    She was standing on top of her motorcade with no bullet proof vest or any sort of protection. What were her security people thinking?

    Two months ago a suicide bomber killed 130 people around her. I mean… her father, brothers and sister were killed…

    Shouldn’t she maybe have stayed in her car? Or taken a helicopter? or thrown a diversion…

    Now the country is with out a person who could have brought positive change. Her kids are with out a mother.

    Horrible :( I’m still stunned. I wish this were just a bad dream.

  32. sidhas says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:12 am

    It is a very sad news.

  33. AMJAD SALEEM says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:13 am

    THIS IS THE TRAGDY OF THE ERA. (ENNA LILLAHA HY WOA INA ELAHY RAJAY OOWN).

  34. Qasim Kayani says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:14 am

    may god bless him with his mercy and send her to his heaven.(Inshah Allah) Aameen

  35. AMJAD SALEEM says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:15 am

    IENA LILAHA HEY WA INNA ELAHY RAJAOOWN

  36. Daktar says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:15 am

    Adil, thank you for adding those last paragraphs of heartfelt and personal reflections on Benazir Bhutto. These are powerful words and I think we should all take your lead and focus on the human tragedy and the person.

  37. zia m says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:19 am

    Very sad indeed.Day of national mourning—

  38. yousuf says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:28 am

    This is a very sad news.

  39. Sikandar says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:31 am

    This shall be the biggest test Pakistan has faced outside of war, though some may say it is indeed a war. Early signs seem to indicate that Bhutto’s supporters have lined up Musharraf as the reason for all of this. Nawaz Sharif’s party has, as sickening as it is, already made it a political matter. Pakistan simply can’t afford to play the blame game anymore. Immediate action must be taken to begin bringing the tribal areas under full Pakistani authority, secure the border with Afghanistan, and ban any further public rallies in open places.

  40. Peshawari says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:32 am

    Very sad news indeed. Very unfortunate incident.

  41. Irum Sarfaraz says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:33 am

    zameen kha gayee aasmaan kaisay kaisay……..

  42. TEE BEE says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:34 am

    Watch the breaking news on VIDPK:

    http://www.vidpk.com/view_video.php?vid=4838

  43. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:34 am

    Musharraf IDIOT must resign rather than asking the nation to “calm down”. He must answer for all the murders under his rule.

  44. Ghalib says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:44 am

    I wish Mush dies the same way as she died! This guy has got no morality left now! after 8 years we have gone more downwards than upwards!all players Benazir Nawaz are back so whats teh use of this crook!he came for what? for this? to divide country?

  45. Assad says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:48 am

    This is a moment for prayer and good sense, not for spreading rumor and hatered. I think we should learn from the tone of Adil Najam and for once think of the country and the people and not of who we hate and can pin the blame on. This was nearly certainly done by the jihadis who have been threatening this all along.

  46. Khurram says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:49 am

    Ghalib, you would like Musharraf to die the same way that Benazir did? Really? You want dozens of innocent people to be killed with him?

  47. Anwar says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:51 am

    Rather unfortunate.
    It is not clear what Mush was to gain from it. Uncle Sam is the loser.
    Those who live by the sword die by the sword.
    I would have preferred to see her brought to justice for her corruption but her demise was brutal and saddening.

    Let us hope that the country survives another terrible incident.

  48. December 27th, 2007 10:55 am

    We have added a video from CNN about Benazir Bhutto’s death. We will continue to add new information and videos as they become available.

    We will also request readers to please update on news that is substantiated. At a time like this there are too many rumors and too much anger flying around and it is the job of responsible journalism to not spread rumors or unsubstantiated speculations that could ignite things even more than they are ignited now.

  49. December 27th, 2007 10:58 am

    another one bites the dirt

  50. Ali says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:00 am

    Even though I hated her as a politician this cowardly act signifies the lows we as a country have reached. We have no value of human life nor do we have any sense of deceny left in us. Pakistani society as a whole has disintegrated to the point that we are a bunch of animals running wild. We can blame anyone we want but the truth is we are all to blame for our complaceny in allowing our social structures to decay.

  51. Daktar says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:03 am

    Dear Adil, I wish everyone will pay heed to the last line and paragraphs in your post: “Today, in shock, I can think only of Benazir Bhutto the human being. Tomorrow, maybe, I will think of politics.”

    May she rest in peace. May her family have the strength to bear yet another tragic death. May Pakistan survive this great loss.

  52. sunil says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:07 am

    May be she should not have returned to Pakistan. I would call it a greed for power – may be i am wrong – may be she wanted to help the people of Pakistan. From here, where to? The incident a couple of months ago when there was an assasination attempt on her life and when 130 people were killed should have prompted her to go back. Was it worth continuing in Pakistan good for her. Even today nearly 25 persons were killed – what about their families & near and dear ones. The only lesson to be learnt is – Eradicate terrorism from all over the world if you want the world to be a happy place to live in.

  53. Khurram says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:07 am

    Immediately after September 11, Pakistan stood at a fork in the road: whether to ally with the US against the Taliban, or whether to continue to support the Taliban and not offer the US any assistance. At that time the right choice for Pakistan seemed clear to me, and Musharraf made the right choice (in my opinion).

    In the light of the events of today it can be argued that Musharraf’s attempts to beat back extremism have been ineffective at best, and may have been misleading (the NY Times reports that a lot of the aid meant to go towards fighting extremism in the NWFP was diverted to help develop weapons systems designed to counter India).

    Pakistan is once again at a crossroads. Which way we go as a nation will determine how (and if) we survive. But the options are not clear to me. The only thing that is clear is that there is no magical answer to our predicament. There is no “hero” who is going to fly in and save us. We have to save ourselves.

    The question is, how?

  54. meengla says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:17 am

    Greed for power?! When she was attacked on Oct. 18th she refused to hide behind the bullet proof screen and stood out exposed. That was her defiance again and again, even to the point that recently she criticized PPP management for making her presence from more secure Pubbi then Nowshera because, in our own words, she wanted to closer to people being in Nowshera and that ‘I am not afriad of death’.

    Give what is due to her! With the alleged $1.5 billion loot she did not have to go back to Pakistan where her chances were dim anyway due to powerful forces arrayed against her. But she did go back and addressed people from the front.

    As Atia says above, this is the most shocking day since the exeuction of ZAB. The consequences can be horrendous unless a radical change is made. Already Altaf Hussain–not allied with PPP, by the way–has just stated that PMs from Sindh get killed in Rawalpindi (Liaqat, ZAB, and now BB). Already there are slogen mongering in interior Sindh to break-away from Pakistan.

    To me she was the best–and I expressed my views after the 18th October attack–because she was the best to unite Pakistanis from all parts of Pakistan. This one single potential was enough for me to overlook her alleged flaws.

    She died a brave woman and will be remembered for generations as an icon of resistance starting her career in 1977.

  55. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:18 am

    Bad,Bad,worst,

    @I am shocked to see our country heading
    towards political assasinations, I was expecting
    this to happen as she never stopped provoking
    some quarters with her pro-American, very western
    tendencies, backing , and support in “imposing ” her
    on Pakistani Politics. But Why now ?? after being
    isolated from Aitizaz, she was sufficiently warned.
    PPP should ponder over such set back imposed.
    Inna lilah-e-wa-inna elaih-e-rajeoon.

  56. pindiwalla says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:21 am

    This is a direct result of the mandarins in the State Dept sitting 10,000 miles away deciding what is good for Pakistan. Some moron of an analyst at State or some DC Think tank decided the best course of Pakistan is to import a corrupt BB from her comfortable exile and bring democracy to the land – not recognizing that Pakistan is an extremely dangerous place and “ground realities” do matter. Even Mush – with his phalanx of body guards and State security machinary barely survived assasinations attempts against him. Too bad she decided to serve as prop for the “revised” US policy for Pakistan. Another sad tragedy for the corrupt Bhutto clan.

  57. Asim says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:38 am

    Have you guys forgotten how bad things were when she was the PM? What about her hubby Mr. 10%…remember him? Do you guys want the same repeated again?

    Boo Hooo

  58. Akif Nizam says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:40 am

    What an absolute aweful aweful year for Pakistan. Just when you think things cannot get worse, they do. Just a few months back, getting knocked out of the World Cup seemed like such a big blow; now it seems embarrasingly trivial. Just a few months ago, the Lal Masjid fiasco was a big deal, now it’s nothing. Just a few months ago, the Chief Justice drama was the end of the world, I’ll take that now in a heartbeat. I’ll trade inflation, emergency, uniform, election, whatever, for this. I just want things to be like they were yesterday…..unfortunately, I can say that for almost every day this entire year.

  59. Ruby says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:41 am

    verry sed new.
    this is not right

  60. Ather Mughal says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:49 am

    All lives are equal and Benazir Bhutto is one among others killed in the suicide attack today. I express my deep condolence for all those who killed. God bless my country and let us give a courage and wisdom to face the coming music.

  61. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 12:02 pm

    Allah bless her soul

  62. jk says:
    December 27th, 2007 12:16 pm

    Asim > This is not the time for petty politics.

  63. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 12:24 pm
  64. FS says:
    December 27th, 2007 12:27 pm

    You are not human if you are not shocked & saddened by this tragedy.
    Politics aside, this is Pakistani blood shed & a Muslim life lost. There’s also another 20 people who died in this attack whom we’ll never know about. Again, their homes and lives are ruined.
    Soliders are dying in the FATA & NWFP everyday. Again, its Pakistani life & blood that’s being lost.
    It will continue until the people of Pakistan stand up and take control of their destiny. They could have saved Z.A. Bhutto, but they didn’t. They could’ve saved Zia, but they didn’t & Benazir’s life too could have been saved.
    An army or a terrorist outfit can intimidate, but they too would be frightened if 160 million Pakistani’s stood up for their nation.
    One can only hope that Benzair’s death will not be in vain, and that this moment could be the beginning of a new resolve for Pakistan’s masses.

  65. yusza says:
    December 27th, 2007 12:30 pm

    Just hearing Aitazaz Ahsan and him breaking down on Aaj TV. What we as a nation need to do at this point is to realize that this is a heinous crime, and come together as a country not divided amongst our ethnic boundaries (Punjabi, Sindhi etc). Thats what Bhutto would have wanted too

  66. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 12:42 pm

    NS is playing politics out of this by boycott of elections and starting movement against Mushraf. He is brain dead. Thats all I can say. Taking advantage of this incident for politics.

  67. Abid says:
    December 27th, 2007 12:59 pm

    Adil sahab

  68. meengla says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:01 pm

    Aitzaz also said: “A huge responsibility is now on Punjab. We must be in step with Sindh now. Sindh is burning. And if I were a Sindhi then I would also burn”.

    Ominous words, no doubt. Some of us have been aware of the consequences of the ZAB’s assasination in the ethnically-influenced judicial murder. Crimes of such kind are forgotten easily. ZAB has lived on after his death. But BB’s death may just be the final nail in the coffin of Pakistan’s federation. You may not see the consequences right now but, unless carefully tackled, this can go too far.

    But, no, “corruption, corruption, corruption….. American Agent. American Agent. American Agent…Greed for power. Greed for power. Greed for power…” While http://www.PakistaniDefenceForum.com has made me ashamed of being Pakistani for their callous remarks the short-sightedness of some people here–who don’t provide any alternatives either, by the way–is also saddening.

    The name ‘Bhutto’ has been systametically tarnished since 1977 by very, very powerful forces in the country. But the fact that Bhuttos have been killed and jailed and maligned like no other. That just strengthens the notion that PPP remains(or can it anymore?) the most powerful anti-establishment party in Pakistan and now with BB’s murder that is no more either.

  69. TEE BEE says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:01 pm

    Watch the raw footage of the blast here;

    http://www.vidpk.com/view_video.php?vid=4855

  70. December 27th, 2007 1:04 pm

    It is indeed a sad day for Pakistan.

  71. TamashBeen says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:07 pm

    What a terrible loss for Pakistan and the world!

    I don’t have words to express my outrage at this tragedy. May she rest in peace!

    I just hope the cowards who carried out this heinous crime are uncovered and brought to justice (if anyone in Pakistan still knows what this word means).

    I would also appeal to some of the folks here to show some decency in their comments and not bring up petty politics at this moment.

  72. Viqar Minai says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:08 pm

    As Adil aptly put it, this is not the day for politics. Yet horrendous event has occured in Pakistan which has never lacked for horrendous events. Whether the country survives this one remains to be seen.

    The real human victims are the survivors, Nusrat and Sanam Bhutto foremost, her children and Asif Zardari. May God(SWT) Help them deal with this immense tragedy.

  73. Zari says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:11 pm
  74. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:14 pm

    Only if she could….!!!!

    @ Another ICON gone, disappeared, PPP is finished.

  75. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:16 pm

    I believe Nawaz Sharif is not saying things in the interest of Pakistan. Clearly taking advantage of the situation. He knows all the sympathy is with PPP now and this is the reason he has decided to boycott.He is at the time when the whole country is shocked bu this no matter if they liked BB or not but all are in shock. Here is NS talking about Mushraf playing very irresponsible politics.

  76. December 27th, 2007 1:17 pm

    The chickens have come home to their rotten roost, thanks to the Bush administration

  77. Fatima says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:18 pm

    Her death is more like getting struck by lightning. No words can express how one is feeling.Pakistan’s politics is nothing without Benazir.Her time can be expressed as Beethoven’s symphonies.Calm but meaningful.Thats just my opinion.May God bless her soul and give courage/strenght to her family to deal with her loss.

  78. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:23 pm

    Blaming this on Mushraf is not fair. As al-qaeda over and over threatened BB. She was heard saying over and over that she will go after extremists and I was personally encouraged as I support going after Jahal extremists. We all need to calm down the country. Anyone politicizing this issue is responsible of death result in for their comments. Be responsible and show the world we will come over this.We do not want to hear from the world that these people has the nukes and look at them they way they act.

  79. Fatima says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:24 pm

    and yes,i dont support PPP-i am just surprised at what has become of Pakistan. Her death is a real eye opener-we are not safe in our own home….elections are taking place all around the world but i havent seen such a mess anywhere else but in Pakistan. We, the people ,are divided my friends.And for that-shame on us!

  80. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:30 pm

    Power house has been burnt .Cars are being burnt .
    Banks are being burnt.
    Mazhir Abaas on Ary is saying these things will increase. He has not said one word asking people should keep the interest or image of country in mind. No one from media will use this word other than P J Mir. He is only responsible anchor we have.
    This all is been Sad. Please write emails to media asking them to use language to keep people calm.

  81. amad says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:40 pm

    Unfortunate no doubt. Musharraf has sowed so many seeds of discontent and injustice that it is feeding those he claims to fight.

    Muslim Matters is also following this story:
    http://muslimmatters.org/2007/12/27/benazir-bhutto-killed-in-terrorist-attack/

  82. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:40 pm

    ARY’s Mazhir Abaas should be placed back in school or may be he will learn more by working in McDonald. These people do not deserve to be brought on tv for analysis of these kind of tragedy.
    Mazhir is saying USA will lose confidence in Mushraf because he has failed to place curb on terrorism. o boy Mazhir does not know USA after even spending billions of dollars and losing almost 4000 solders has not won over extremists. I will put this i***t in Jail.These are the people taking advantage of this tragedy.

  83. amad says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:41 pm

    *Using tiny URL*

    Unfortunate no doubt. Musharraf has sowed so many seeds of discontent and injustice that it is feeding those he claims to fight.

    Muslim Matters is also following this story:
    http://tinyurl.com/2k35xv

  84. Asim says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:41 pm

    Are you guys blind…what good did she ever do for Pakistan? Do you have any idea how many people left Pakistan for US and other countries when she was PM? It’s true that she is not the only one to blame…we should blame people who were ready to re-elect her for the 3rd time (BTW, isn’t in unconstitutional to even stand for election more than twice?)

    Its because of this jahalat Pakistan will always remain a failed state. We just dont know how to hold our elected politicians responsible for their actions, other than setting properties on fire and disrupting lives of hard working honest people. Our people are so easily get impressed by people with money and power that they do anything for them without using their own head to realize the difference between right and wrong. Dont these people have better things to do than to go to these mass gatherings?

  85. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:45 pm

    Asim I am never a fan of PPP. But this is not the time after all she was once head of Pakistan and she was fellow Pakistani.
    this reminds.

    “I’ve never uttered the words, ‘I hate George W. Bush,’ and I never would say that. He’s a human being, he’s a fellow American.”
    by Michael Moore

  86. December 27th, 2007 1:50 pm

    My condolences to the people of Pakistan…. this cycle of murder has to be broken.

    No one of right mind wants to see an educated and gifted, if slightly flawed person murdered. It’s especially sad when it’s a woman, in a part of the world where that is a rarer combination than it should be.

    Sadly this senseless killing just confirms the opinion of the many people, who believe that your country is slipping slowly into a civil war and eventual breakup.

    The middle classes in Pakistan are almost blinkered or delusional in their belief that someone else will ‘sort it all out’, and set Pakistan back on the road to secular moderate democracy, while they “tut tut from behind their privileged lifestyles without getting involved.

    Instead of complaining on the blogs about the rise of the religious parties, that hold your illiterate working classes in medieval thralldom (and can find so many willing to murder in the name of your religion).

    Or the role of the army, who carry out your dirty work by reining in the more extreme religious elements or corrupt middle class politicians, you should be participating in the efforts to clean up corruption and bring back secular conditions to your country.

    Take this latest outrage as the last warning you will get, before you have to start considering abandoning your country to permanent violence. Remember this, the world will not sit by and watch religious extremists get hold of nuclear weapons, and do nothing.

    You have big non muslim neighbours who will not risk being attacked and its one of the downsides of being a nuclear power, is that it’s of no use internally, but attracts the interests of bigger powers when you become unstable.

    So why don’t you organise a new political party, based upon the best agenda that you can create and see if you can make the difference.

    Your blog claims that the majority of Pakistani’s agree with you, in a moderate, tolerant approach to religion and politics, so see if you can harness the people of good will, to save Pakistan from the forces that will evettually tear it apart.

    Look at Waristan and see your future if nothing changes.

  87. amad says:
    December 27th, 2007 1:50 pm

    Asim, I appreciate your sentiments, and had no love lost for her. This is what I wrote:

    Although most decent Pakistanis and Muslims have no love lost for Benazir because of her bondage to the West and her anti-religion stand, there is still no justification for murder and carnage. This is pure terrorism that must be condemned by all…

    http://tinyurl.com/2k35xv

  88. Sher Bano says:
    December 27th, 2007 2:11 pm

    I’m still numb to think politics, but I can see one thing from all the posts:

    There runs a common thread of negativity and despair. We as a culture are a product of our collective thinking. So please think and stop yourself before you write phrases like “ashamed to be a Pakistani” and Pakistan having no “hope for democracy” or throw around hopeless predictions. In life the best things can happen out of the darkest gloom. By this I don’t mean to undermine BB’s death. It is indeed a phenomenal shock and setback (regardless of her politics). The posts complain about the violence prevalent in Pakistani society, yet a considerable number (on this and other blogs) wish a similar death upon others they think are “mulk kay dushman”. Crying uncontrollably out of grief is natural, but the urge to be destructive needs self restraint. A crisis is meant to make you into a better human being if it it doesn’t break you, isn’t it? We Pakistanis as a nation have survived alot. If we can learn one lesson ie we cannot rely on icons to save us. We are all responsible for the state of our society and politics and we all need to save ourselves from the dark state of humanity we have been complacent about. We are capable of emerging as a mature and fine nation.

  89. Alex says:
    December 27th, 2007 2:12 pm

    Great Lady…I am speechless.

  90. Roshan says:
    December 27th, 2007 2:18 pm

    I am stunned, speechless and senseless as its a great tragedy for us where a symbol of unity and moderate values in Pakistan has been assassinated. Its hard to believe and write Mohtarma Benazir’s Bhutto (LATE). We should commend her courage and bravery against terrorism and dictatorship. Its a great loss for Pakistan.
    Another key member of Bhutto family assassinated and her children are deprived of loving mother.

  91. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 2:23 pm

    Please write emails to media asking them to use language to keep people calm.
    here are email address:
    israr@ptv.com.pk,
    bakhabarsavera@aryoneworld.net,
    Faezadawood@aryoneworld.net,
    aaj@geo.tv,
    aajcomments@aaj.tv,
    today@aryoneworld.net

  92. Sheikh Zeeshan says:
    December 27th, 2007 2:30 pm

    Atlast we saw Benazir Bhutto died today in a suicidal attack..
    What are we doing?? did we ever think abt it?? how long will we be Quiet?? someone has said
    that “A nation of sheeps is alwayz lead by a wolf”
    things will remain like this until we(normal people) come on streets including students, shopkeepers, job holders, lawyers and everyone… by not thinking abt the outcomes. Lets Try practically rather than writing here or just talking in a gathering wid friends.. otherwise it’ll b a shame on all of us that we couldnt get rid of a dictator and get rid of these situations..
    Lets not wait for Nawaz’s death now..

    God Bless Pakistan++

  93. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 2:37 pm

    Go back and see all my posts and I have been crying about these sucide bombers but 99% of Pakistan ware only busy in bashing Mushraf. Yes BB’s death is very painful for all Pakistanis.She was fellow Pakistani. We share this pain together.No matter if we are belong to ppp or not.
    But not to forget about 1000 army solders are dead along with many innocent civilians. I have been over and over asking that we need to go after extremists. This and more can come if we do not do anything about these evil extremists.
    Allah Bless Pakistan

  94. Rebellion says:
    December 27th, 2007 2:45 pm

    Now that she is dead

  95. hira says:
    December 27th, 2007 2:46 pm

    sometimes words cease to express one’s grief..thats my condition.. i have many questions afloat my mind but biggest of them thats eating me is, when it will stop?
    they say we reap what we sow, benazir wasnt definitely a favourite with me BUT, i feel for her what a ‘human” will feel for another..i mean it is that she was corrupt but nobody is definitely a monk here, and its no way that they be killed..really its too much for words..i feel beyond grief

  96. December 27th, 2007 3:05 pm

    Just to let you know that a second video has now been added to the post.

  97. Chuck McDonald says:
    December 27th, 2007 3:07 pm

    Sad day for Pakistani people. Pray for peace!

  98. Malik says:
    December 27th, 2007 3:12 pm

    Shaheed kee baytee shaheed ho gai …
    ==========================

    Because I could not stop for Death

  99. S.A.Mallal says:
    December 27th, 2007 3:22 pm

    @ Azaz Syed

    Couldn’t agree more with your assessment. In addition it may lead to direct intervention by America in the affairs of Pakistan
    to fight the terrorists and control its nuclear assets.

    Dictator Mushrraf if you really want the nation to calm down you better step down from your high horse

  100. ali m.m. khan says:
    December 27th, 2007 3:26 pm

    May Allah give her soul peace and rest………This is indeed very sad and tragic……

  101. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 27th, 2007 3:31 pm

    @ The seculars, communists have started
    exploiting Religion, be careful !!! they are
    using again the religion from both the ends ,

    condemnatory and exploiter = net product extremists
    This is the real scenario, whats going on behind

    Never knew Geo was a PPP setallite.

  102. Sahil says:
    December 27th, 2007 3:35 pm

    My sincere condolences to the people of Pakistan for losing such a sensible leader, and a wonderful human being who returned to her country to become a martyr for a positive cause – many Indians will observe a two-minute silence over her death.I’ll be one of them. May God bless you all.

    –Sahil

  103. Saadiya says:
    December 27th, 2007 3:36 pm

    This is indeed one of the saddest days for our country. Political assasinations have never been a solution for our country and region yet they continue. BB is the latest example of that tragedy.

    She became a role model for her struggle against a tyrant but never lived up to her promise despite two chances. Yet like everyone else, her assasination has saddened and shocked me to the core.

    I hope the worse is over! I hope Pakistan doesnt fall prey to sectarianism or think its a Sindhi VS Punjabi thing. There will be many who will try to take off from her grave. Its all been happening in the past and will open so many wounds now. What do they have to gain from burning buses and trains? 3 torched by the latest count!!

    I hope her children opt for another life after learning first hand whats Pakistani politics like. Its sad the troika was assasinated one way or the other; Zulfikar Bhutto- Gen Zia and now BB!

  104. Rahim Khan says:
    December 27th, 2007 3:51 pm

    Sad day for Pakistan. May she rest in peace. God Bless and Save Pakistan.

    John Moore, a photographer for Getty Images, said Bhutto was standing through the sunroof of her vehicle, waving to supporters, when shots were fired at her.

    This image was taken by Moore “one second” before she was hit by the fatal shot.

    http://tinyurl.com/2nuvdq

  105. naveed says:
    December 27th, 2007 4:01 pm

    biggest tragedy in the history of pakistan after the fall of dhaka.pakistan needed her now more than ever.i hated that she chose self exile over facing charges and i never stopped calling her a coward for not returning home and challenging the dictator. but when i heard about her assasination my first thought was that it would be better if she had not returned. she was a mother, a wife and more than that love of millions of pakistanis.
    i’m sad . i’m scared . i’m crying

  106. zia hussain says:
    December 27th, 2007 4:11 pm

    destroction of country wont bring Benazir back, so please do not distroy our own busses, cars, rikshaws and shops. May God bless her. Either you like Musharaf or not this is not the right way to fight, definitively not a islamic way.

  107. December 27th, 2007 4:20 pm

    My condolences to her family

    This was very hard news for me to believe when A mate of mine texed me that Behnazir Bhutto been killed I do not know why people do this and what do they get out of it, and I still wish if this wasnt true but??

  108. December 27th, 2007 4:30 pm

    May ALLAH save us.

    Pakistan is bleeding, we must unite and stand together. Please read my appeal to the nation at http://www.otherpakistan.org.archive.html

    Feimanallah Pakistan

    Wasim

  109. meengla says:
    December 27th, 2007 4:56 pm

    Asim,
    You really belong to http://www.pakistanidefenceforum.com where you will find many like minded ‘educated’ Pakistanis!!

    Just spare us your ‘thoughts’ on this forum!! We have been judged unkindly the way we treat our livings. Let’s not give others excuse to judge us unkindly how we treat our deads!!

    Benazir was a legend while she was alive. And now the whole nation is mourning her death except some bloggers like you and our so-called compatriots in other forums. But you cant’ ask the whole nation (and the world at large indeed) to follow your unkind ways. And there you and your kind will remain: Stewing in your hateful existence as Benazir achieves a place in history for eternities.

  110. RJ says:
    December 27th, 2007 4:56 pm

    A very sad news!!! Alas we are a nation who is reactive not pro-active. Hope we should all be united at this moment and instead of pointing fingers to individuals do some thing personal to curb the extremism in Pakistan.

  111. Faraz says:
    December 27th, 2007 5:02 pm

    I am not a fan of BB. But I don’t think even she deserved this. Allah will be her judge now. A lot of comments have portrayed her as a hero, or have designated this to be the “saddest day” in the history of Pakistan. At this point all I want to say is, I couldn’t disagree with you more.

  112. Irritated Pakistani says:
    December 27th, 2007 5:10 pm

    disaster. shock. horror.
    May The Almighty protect and guide us at this dificult time
    May she rest in peace

  113. December 27th, 2007 5:11 pm

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  114. Elizabeth Brady says:
    December 27th, 2007 5:27 pm

    How very sad! Ms. Bhutto was an inspiration regardless of her political beliefs. She gave Pakistani women a window into the possibilities of being liberated womn. She gave Pakistanis hope for better lives and a peaceful Pakistan. She was probably killed by Islamic extremists. When will they (and other extremists) stop hurting the world? Do they think their actions will not return to harm their families and their loved ones? Will they feel no pain because they think they are doing the work of Alah? Shame! Harram! Humans killing humans will NEVER lead to anything good. Stop in the name of HUMANITY!

  115. Raja Mohsin says:
    December 27th, 2007 5:30 pm

    What a tragic day i have seen. The assassination of Benazir Bhutto, she is no more alive, she is not there,!!!! I can’t believe it. I mark this to be the greatest tragedy for Pakistan. The death of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was expected some how. At least it was not unexpected at all. But this is shocking rather it seems some one stabbed my heart.

    Kufa-o-karbala sey door bughs-o-anad kum nahin
    qeht-i-Hussain hay buht ibn-i-ziad kum nahin

  116. K S Mathoda says:
    December 27th, 2007 5:34 pm

    As a fellow resident of the Sub-continent I share your pain. It is unfortunate when a few people can override the will of a majority.

    I hope and pray that Pakistan will recover and that a democratic government dedicated to doing things for the common man comes into being soon.

  117. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 5:40 pm

    K S Mathoda Thanks so much this means a lot to us that you feel our pain. I pray we all neighboring countries live in peace.

  118. Bob says:
    December 27th, 2007 5:42 pm

    Few news outlets have pointed out this bit of irony I reported earlier today at Bob McCarty Writes

  119. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 5:50 pm

    http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=1.0.1710322437

    above site claims that Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility any other resource?

  120. Dewana Aik says:
    December 27th, 2007 5:51 pm

    “@ The seculars, communists have started
    exploiting Religion, be careful !!!”

    chore kee dharee main tinka

  121. R Abdullah says:
    December 27th, 2007 5:58 pm

    It is indeed a sad day in the political history of Pakistan.

    Just a quick correction, Adil you write in the second last paragraph that Nusrat Bhutto all (four) children are now dead. I think this may not be correct beacause Sanam Bhutto is still alive.

    According to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulfiqar_Ali_Bhutto

    Bhutto married his second wife, the Iranian-Kurdish Begum Nusrat Ispahani, in Karachi on September 8, 1951. Their first child, his daughter Benazir, was born in 1953. She was followed by Murtaza in 1954, a second daughter, Sanam, in 1957, and the youngest, child, Shahnawaz Bhutto, in 1958. He accepted the post of lecturer at the Sindh Muslim College before establishing himself in a legal practise in Karachi. He would also take over the management of his family’s estate and business interests after his father’s death.

    And according to this: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C10%5C08%5Cstory_8-10-2007_pg7_4

    Sanam Bhutto accompanied Benazir Bhutto back to Pakistan in October 2007.

  122. December 27th, 2007 5:59 pm

    How the hell can Musharraf say it were islamic terrorists….how the hell does he know so soon. how the hell……

    it could be him, it could be mqm, it could be pml-q, it could be isi, besides alqaeda and it could be so many more options, damn his arrogance and over confidence….

  123. Emad says:
    December 27th, 2007 6:23 pm

    It is indeed a sad day; death is never a solution to anything, no matter what, no matter who.

    But it is very hard not to think of the consequences, the reasons. The way I see it, for this over complicated blood “game” the aim is to create tensions among the regions of the country.

    They (whoever these factors are; RAW, Mossad, Militants or even our own selfish rulers) are working on plan to make each of us fighting against each other, they have already made NWFP and Balochistan against the rest of the nation, this incident will ignite fire in the hearts of Sindhs and for Punjab it is yet to come. Sounds like a conspiracy theory maybe it is. But the need of the moment is that we stand together and not let

  124. Qadir says:
    December 27th, 2007 6:28 pm

    ..” A very Dark and the Sadest day in the history of Pakistan”

  125. Jim B. says:
    December 27th, 2007 6:30 pm

    I read about this blog in a Reuters story about benazir and then found this via google. This is an amazing blog. Reaffirms my faith in humanity. Thank you guys.

    I love your last line here: “Today, in shock, I can think only of Benazir Bhutto the human being. Tomorrow, maybe, I will think of politics.”

  126. readinglord says:
    December 27th, 2007 6:36 pm

    It is the result of the monstrous ‘Taghuti’ system headed by Mush which is brazenly anti-human. It is only this ‘Taghuti’ system which has obliterated all traces of the milk of human kindness from our society and turned our young men into suicide bombers to kill even the most human of the politicians, the ‘benazir’.

  127. dr h tim says:
    December 27th, 2007 6:49 pm

    assalamoalikum every one

    shock and sadness prevailed in our house the entire day , although i have never been a supporter of her politically , yet he death as a human and a mother of three grieves me .Today she has gone may be tomorrow it will be me , she left behind all her power and money and palaces riding in a coffin ….ashes to ashes dust to dust , makes me think its only our deeds we take with us and leave behind everything even our most precious children.

    may Allah guide us all and have mercy on us and our beloved nation

  128. parish says:
    December 27th, 2007 6:49 pm

    r.i.p. from Fiji

  129. December 27th, 2007 6:50 pm

    i

  130. Gracy says:
    December 27th, 2007 6:50 pm

    Condolences from New Zealand. This is terrible news for the world.

    Peace.

  131. bhitai says:
    December 27th, 2007 6:51 pm

    In many ways she symbolized Pakistan : brimming with potential yet dysfunctional, torn between liberal and conservative ideals, split between feudal and industrial mindsets. She was the only leader of a truly national profile. I hated her during the days she was the PM, but I must admit, I personally never felt for a second, despite all my anger toward her, that she had tried to play the ‘Sindh card’. This has remained a huge allegation against her, but the truth is, that she actually neutralized many of the Sindhi separatists by pushing them into oblivion (many ex-separatists are now part of APDM with Imran and Qazi).

    Her death sounds the death of liberal politics in Pakistan. The parties left behind(since PPP is virtually finished) are all centrist or right-leaning, including Imran Khan. Zardari in my opinion is no Sonia Gandhi, and there’s no equivalent of Narsimha rao or MM Singh left either. Thus a major chapter of our political history closes, leaving people totally without closure!

  132. dr h tim says:
    December 27th, 2007 6:51 pm

    wake up Musharraf wake up , u still have time repent to Allah
    He is definitely The most merciful

  133. dr h tim says:
    December 27th, 2007 7:00 pm

    May Allah Protect Pakistan and be enough to deal with the chaos .May He shower His blessings in this time of deep turmoil .please please Allah taalah i know you are watching as i write have mercy on us . bring peace in our country please please please .Guide people to understand fighting and quarelling amongst themselves destroy mankind . help us understand our existence depends upon our unity .We are all muslims make us “one” as You want us to be …… shower Your mercy on our counry pleeeaasee………

  134. jk says:
    December 27th, 2007 7:04 pm

    Who was the second in command for PPP?

  135. Karen says:
    December 27th, 2007 7:12 pm

    Prof. Adil Najam, I heard your very heartfelt views on Benazir Bhutto’s murder today on the NPR Show “Here and Now” and was very impressed by your sincerity adn passion when you talked about what this means to Pakistanis. I looked for you on the web and read about your other achievements on your Univeristy pages and also found this story:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/feedarticle?id=7182102

    Please accept my condolences on this sad day for all Pakistanis.

  136. Asad says:
    December 27th, 2007 7:14 pm

    May Allah have mercy on her soul. This is a horrible tragedy.

  137. shaara says:
    December 27th, 2007 7:15 pm

    I, an American woman, have been following her since her father was executed and she first stepped up on the world stage. My deepest condolences to her family and to her country for the stilling of her voice… but not her spirit.

  138. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 7:25 pm

    All of you who think USA is behind her death. I do not think so I think USA is Behind her death because USA wanted her to rule Pakistan and many in Pakistan did not like that. Anyone running for elections in Pakistan must learn this if you are running for office in Pakistan , keep low profile when it comes to west , No need to tell people she got call from UK or USA and or from India. Anyways why in America media thinks this is a blow to USA?
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan jolted the race for the White House on Thursday, sending candidates in both parties scrambling for political advantage while condemning the attack.

    Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who have made experience a cornerstone of their campaigns, said the murder was proof of a need for a president who is ready to take command.

    “I know from my lifetime of experience you have to be prepared for whatever might happen, and that’s particularly true today,” Clinton said in an Associated Press interview while campaigning in Iowa.

    She declined to be drawn into a discussion about the impact on a leading rival, Barack Obama, the first-term senator from Illinois who has stressed a need for change in Washington.

    McCain was not so reticent about comparing his experience with that of other GOP contenders.

    “My theme has been throughout this campaign that I’m the one with the experience, the knowledge and the judgment. So perhaps it may serve to enhance those credentials to make people understand that I’ve been to Pakistan, I know Musharraf, I can pick up the phone and call him. I knew Benazir Bhutto.”

    Asked later by reporters about his rivals, he said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee doesn’t have “the same experience and background on national security issues that I do.”

    He said former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani had done a great job with a “post-crisis situation” after terrorists brought down the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. McCain added, “I’m not saying he is without credentials. I’m saying I am the one with the most credentials and the most experience and the most judgment.”

    Giuliani issued a statement that said the assassination was further evidence that the United States needs to increase its efforts against terrorism – and he began running an a new TV ad focusing on the Sept. 11 attacks.

    McCain made no mention of another leading Republican rival, Mitt Romney. But the former Massachusetts governor was eager to join the debate.

    “If the answer for leading the country is someone that has a lot of foreign policy experience, we can just go down to the State Department and pick up any one of the tens of thousands of people who spent all their life in foreign policy,” he said while campaigning in New Hampshire.

    Instead, he said, what is needed is a chief executive with leadership and the ability to assemble “a great team of people to be able to guide and direct them to understand what decision has to be made.”

    The assassination of Pakistan’s former prime minister occurred one week before the Iowa caucuses, the first test of the 2008 race for the White House, and provided a reminder of the importance of national security in an era of terrorism.

    After several months of near-constant campaign focus on the war in Iraq, foreign policy had taken on a less pronounced role in recent months. With violence in the war receding, at least for the present, some public opinion polls have shown more people expressing concern about the economy than events overseas.

    In Iowa, officials disclosed that internal polling by the top three Democratic campaigns showed Clinton, Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards in a virtual dead heat. Edwards had slight momentum going into Christmas, said these officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity while discussing confidential information.

    Among Republicans, private as well as public polls in Iowa show Huckabee with the lead over Romney, who had been the front-runner in the state for months. In New Hampshire, site of a primary five days after Iowa votes, Romney polls narrowly ahead of McCain, who has made gains in recent weeks as Giuliani and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson have faded.

    Bhutto, an opposition leader in Pakistan, was assassinated Thursday by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally and then blew himself up. The death triggered further unrest in the nuclear-armed nation, a key ally of the United States in the war on terror.

    Alone among the White House contenders, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson called on President Bush to pressure Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to step aside in favor of a coalition government.

    “Until this happens, we should suspend military aid to the Pakistani government,” he said in a statement. “Free and fair elections must also be held as soon as possible,” added Richardson, who served as ambassador to the United Nations for a portion of the Clinton administration.

    Obama said he had asked the administration for intelligence briefings on a dicey situation.

    In a criticism of current policy, he said the war in Iraq had diverted troops and other resources needed to track down al-Qaida terrorists who move between Afghanistan and Pakistan. “I’ve been saying for some time that we’ve got a very big problem there,” he said.

    Edwards declined to endorse Richardson’s idea on Musharraf, saying “I don’t think now is the time to talk about things like that.” He later talked with the Pakistani president and said he urged him to “continue on the path to democratization, to allow international investigators to come in to determine what happened.”

    Said Huckabee: “The terrible violence surrounding Pakistan’s upcoming election stands in stark contrast to the peaceful transition of power that we embrace in our country through our Constitution. On this sad day, we are reminded that while our democracy has flaws, it stands as a shining beacon of hope for nations and people around the world who seek peace and opportunity through self-government.”

    Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters in Iowa that he had twice this past fall urged Musharraf “to provide better security for Ms. Bhutto and other political leaders. … The failure to protect Ms. Bhutto raises a lot of hard questions for the government and security services that must be answered.”

  139. hasin kharsoshi says:
    December 27th, 2007 7:30 pm

    ye to hona hi tha…

    jo doosron ke gharon mein aag lagate hein, ek din unke gharon mein bhi aag lagti hai…

    may be with we pakistans will learn terrorism is evil for all.. we must be more peaceful and loving…

    pakistan jindabad!!

  140. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 27th, 2007 7:37 pm

    I think this event will hasten the fall of Musharraf and would reach his end, natural or otherwise.

  141. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 7:38 pm

    All Pakistanis should unite and learn to act normal so west has no excuse to say that Pakistan nukes are in the hands of nuts. Think please and think hard what I just said. If we can all do this no one can touch us, use brain not emotions.
    I think BB failed to use her brain as well. With all the threats and the present situation in Pakistan all she needed was to be on TV debates. She should have done great job on debates. Times have changed election events should be run via tv and internet.

  142. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 7:40 pm

    Ahmad R. Shahid and then?

  143. Rahim Khan says:
    December 27th, 2007 7:45 pm

    I would like to share this interesting news I just read:

    “Washington Post” reports of “US troops to head to Pakistan”.

    http://blog.washingtonpost.com/earlywarning/2007/12/musharrafs_woes_have_opened_a.html?nav=rss_blog

  144. faraz says:
    December 27th, 2007 7:46 pm

    It just show that Pakistan is a “FAILED STATE”. Our ISI is infiltrated with terrorists.

    If I apply “OCCUM RAZOR” principle, then it is done by OBL with some help from ISI culprits. Why?

    Because first it will derailed the election and will possibly throw out Mush. Second, Benazir was very decisive aganist terrorism and their safe heaven in FATA. OBL thinks Pakistan as his mother base now and he can kick out both of his opponent( BB and Mush) by this act. Off course it also shows incompetence of Mush regime.

    Reality is that Pakistan is going straight to the sea of choas. We still have ppl who will not accept how ugly this religious extremism is.

  145. JENNIFER says:
    December 27th, 2007 7:56 pm

    MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL PAKISTANIS TODAY. THIS IS A GREAT LOSS.

  146. December 27th, 2007 7:56 pm

    Hello,

    I hope it is okay to use the comment field on ATP to post a request for input.

    I’m writing from Marketplace, the US public radio business show from American Public Media. We’re reaching out to people who have Pakistani family, business or political ties to help us with our reporting on the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto’s death.

    If you’re reading this, I hope you might take a few minutes to help us understand how the death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto will affect Pakistanis and Pakistani-Americans.

    Please use this link (http://americanpublicmedia.org/pin/bhuttoquery) to share your insight into U.S.-Pakistani relations, and doing business in Pakistan post-Bhutto assassination.

    Thank you for your help,

    Joellen Easton

    —-
    Joellen Easton
    American Public Media
    jeaston AT americanpublicmedia DOT org

  147. jk says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:00 pm

    But what I’m most annoyed with is the fact that she was standing out of the freakin sun roof. Two months ago there was an attempt on her life and now she decided to lean out of the sun roof. gosh.

    I mean, even the pope who supposedly has god as his personal body guard uses a bullet proof shield at all public gatherings.

    Her body guards are guilty as well for letting her do that. The whole of Pakistan, all her family and her friends and fans around the world are in pain right now because of the stupidity of standing out of the sun roof.

  148. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:05 pm

    I am sick of USA telling Pakistan they gave Pakistan 10 billion dollars . USA itself spent trillion dollars in fight with Al-Qaeda and now they want Pakistan to so same thing with less than 10 billion dollars? Before USA gives money they all know the level of corruption in Pakistan and they should know better rather than later acting like cry baby.

  149. NoPCThoughts says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:11 pm

    Some of the postings here are getting a little bit wild, including claiming that Mossad, or the US is responsible for her death. You have to learn to accept that it’s not other countries responsible for suicide bombers, or all the other problems that beset the Muslim world.

    Pakistan is the current main source of Al-Queda, World Islamic Terrorism, and the Taliban, you don’t need Mossad , the CIA, MI6, or the KGB, or anyone one else to have major problems. Try looking at illiteracy , religion and corruption to see the causes for most of the muslim worlds problems.

    Look on all the other websites, and stop veering off onto the same old tired conspiracy theories about the jews or the colonial west wanting to destroy the land of the pure.

    Try asking Why would they? Because its such a shining example to the world? Of what backwardness?

    I think not…. no one cares what happens in Pakistan, except for the fact that your main export to the world is terrorists.

  150. Terry says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:15 pm

    I lived and went to high school in Karachi. Our school Karachi American School had many atlhletic tournaments with the surrounding americans schools in Lahore, Islamabad and also in Kabul. All athletes were housed by sponsoring students families at their homes. I was chosen by Shanawaz as was another fellow student to stay at their compound. It was quite an experience, bullet proof mercedes took us to all sports events along with armed guards,had our own so to speak house and servants. This was back in 75,76. My father made my mother and I leave before I was able to graduate with my class due to the unrest in the city in 1977. To this day people have a real hard time believing I lived in Pakistan. To me at the time it was just normal to be abroad due to my Dads work. I still wonder what happened to all my school mates. And it saddens me to think this family has yet had another tragedy befall them. May Benazir rest in peace with her loved ones.

  151. Boy Wonder says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:17 pm

    @jk says “But what I

  152. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:17 pm

    Every Pakistani should have one issue on priority and that is going after extremists ( Al-Qaeda and Talibans ) and show the world we do not want them to be part of the world. Look at these extremists they are in no doing things under Koran rules I even hate to call them humans.

  153. RJ says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:21 pm

    @RE:couldn’t agree more. Illogical and senseless people like Mazhir Abaas is the dilemma for Pakistan. I also heard him accusing Govt not to gave a tip about this suicide attack. Guess what they are the leadening journalists and so called champions of democracy in Pakistan.

    Besides this I also just heard the news that angry mob burned a bank in Pakistan and six security guards inside the bank died because of this fire; what kind of people live in our country. Do they really deserve the democracy. God bless my country.

  154. Cedric says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:22 pm

    Extremists all over , in my most honest opinion should be captured , castrated and be torched , starting with Bush.
    Noone deserves to take a bullet in the neck.A sad day for “democracy” on the whole.

  155. Mathew Abraham says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:23 pm

    As an outsider and a person of Indian origin, I saw Ms. Benazir Bhutto as a strong female leader who towered above all other political leaders in Pakistan. As a woman, she had to fight harder to get ahead in a male dominated Asian society. Every time she was pulled down by men, she survived and came back again with greater vigour. She had a vision for Pakistan and for the region, a picture obviously not shared by many traditional men in the country. In the end, men who are not able to win at the polls killed her. It is too early to say if she was killed for being a woman leader amongst men or for her

  156. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:28 pm

    I agree if some one threatens me before I go to Pakistan , I will cancel my trip to Pakistan. And BB was threaten over and over and she was saved from 1st attack at least she should have taken some precautions. I mean when she was telling these extremists who were threatening her that I will take care of you once I am elected and then getting out of sun roof was not smart thing to do. With all Honesty I am not belong to PPP. But i did not want this to happen.I was even happy to see process moving forward and spoke to my wife last night telling her I hope these elections are free and clear.
    But was concerned for something like this can happen.

  157. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:38 pm

    Someone tell Americans Bhutto was not most popular candidate in Pakistan. But it was Sharif by looking at the crowed he was attracting.

  158. Fabian says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:38 pm

    This is a sad day for the world. Big loss. My heart goes out to all Pakistanis.

  159. meengla says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:43 pm

    JK,
    When BB was attacked on Oct. 18th and when a lot of people were blaming her for the real cause of the deaths of so many people (and, worse, for actually staging the attack!!) I accused BB of naivette of high order: Her long absence from Pakistan has made her oblivious of the ‘changed realities’ of Pakistan where there are so many suicide-bombers-for-hire roaming around, ready to be co-opted.
    I say with full conviction that Pakistan has a pretty healthy supply of suicide-bombers-for-hire who can be co-opted (or hired) by anyone. These are very effective tools for various purposes.
    BB should NOT have come back to Pakistan. If she indeed stole $1.5 BILLION then that should be all she could need? But, NO, she was ‘greedy’, either for power or money, right?
    So she comes back to Pakistan and faces an attack on day 1 of her return. She and her top leadership barely miss their death. But remains defiant and chooses to talk to people not in a ‘Pope Mobile’ but through open air interaction all too often.
    Why would she do it? If you read what I say above and establish a reasonble basis you may come to the opinion that BB lived too much in the past where the ‘power of the people’ can be supreme and that she has seen so much deaths in her immediate family that it would not matter much for her.

    Yes, many would say ‘foolish’. I, too, am seething with anger at her: “Why didn’t you stay back in exile?!! Don’t you know what Pakistan has become now?!!”

    But then my heart melts and my eyes pour out: She just did not know that Pakistan has become a very cruel society. Or she really was willing to die for whatever she believed in!

  160. Jonathan Avery says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:49 pm

    This is a sad moment for everyone. As a non-Pakistani I was very impressed by the original blogpost and particularly its ending. That spirit of humanism is what the world needs.

    I can understand teh anger of some people in thecomments and frustration that must lead from this sad event but I hope that there are many more in Pakistan and the world like the writer of this blogpost who think in human terms before they think in political terms.

  161. Rahim Khan says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:51 pm

    How many Bugtis, Bhuttos, have to die, before Musharraf, hiding in Aiwan-e-Sadr, goes. Is law & Order, left for few corrupt men, talking about democracy to CNN? Why did they hose down the crime scene/evidence in hours?

    Today, A Brave Pakistan died, taking a bullet like a lion, protecting your rights, your freedom, your nation. How many of us are willing to extend their necks out against oppression?

    As the Sultan said “It is far better to live like a lion for a day than to live like a jackal for a hundred years”

    May Pakistan live for Millions of years !!!!

  162. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:57 pm

    Many in west think and liked BB because they thought she was going after frontier areas extremists or was going to let west go in and do the job.
    Well this tells alot about Mushraf he uses his brain otherwise he will be dead by now. I think there was not much difference between BB and Mushraf when it comes to going after extremists.Only difference was she was blunt and Mushraf understands things better.
    West should not give up on Mushraf as he knows better and west knows being in Iraq is been nightmare for them. What make them think its a overnight job for Pakistan?

  163. RE says:
    December 27th, 2007 8:58 pm

    Rahim
    Brave Pakistani died today?

    Its not brave when you have threats from left and right and you come out of sunroof to welcome those threats. Its almost feel like she wanted this to happen.Do not take me wrong I am sad on her death.

  164. Reluctant Expatriate says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:04 pm

    RE says:December 27th, 2007 8:17 pm
    Every Pakistani should have one issue on priority and that is going after extremists ( Al-Qaeda and Talibans ) and show the world we do not want them to be part of the world. Look at these extremists they are in no doing things under Koran rules I even hate to call them humans.

    I disagree Mr. RE. Every Pakistani should strive to get rid of the dictator Musharraf and his buddies in the army. You should attack and fix the root cause rather than the symtoms like Taliban. Musharraf has to go.

  165. Ron says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:05 pm

    It is a sad day indeed! No one deserves to be killed like this. All the peace-loving people of the world need to unite against extremism and injustice of all kind around the world.

    It is high time the US as well as other Western nations accept their role in creating the monster of religious extremism in that region of the world to counter the erstwhile Soviet Union and communism. We all remember President Reagan commending the Afghan mujahideen (freedom fighters). Look what happened after we left them to fester unattended after the defeat of Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

    The CIA as well as the ISI colluded on this and played their roles over time. No wonder neither party blames the other. We mere mortals as well as the media blame one or the other of these.

  166. Fahad says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:18 pm

    It is realy shocking news, and the thing is now the whole bhutto family has finish (Very Sad)

  167. meengla says:
    December 27th, 2007 9:27 pm

    As someone asked above, I dare say that Fatima Bhutto will one day emerge a big leader. I am not condoning or opposing it.
    BB certainly earned it some starting 1977. In her ‘Daughter of the East’ she mentions the night of Zia ul Haq’s coup and many struggles in which at least her mother was bloodied and Benazir peronally faced prison for extended period.

    Personility cult is bad. But, you know what, in the most successful democracy in the world we have a mini-dynasty ruling since 1988 and very likely continue to rule if Hillary (and then, who knows: Chelsea/Jeb Bush get a role?!) comes to power.

    So, yes, while I have no opinion, I think Fatima Bhutto has the intellectual power and a powerful name to become the heir to ZAB’s legacy. But she has to earn it!!!

  168. December 27th, 2007 10:05 pm

    Thank you R. Abdullah for pointing out a mistake in my original post, which had been written literally within minutes of my hearing this tragic news. Indeed, and thankfully, Sanam Bhutto is alive. I had confused the circumstances of Shahnawaz Bhutto’s death with her sister (who is, in fact, alive). My apologies for not having caught this myself. The error is deeply regretted and has been removed from the text.

  169. bhitai says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:11 pm

    @meengla

    I would request and advise Fatima Bhutto to stay miles away from Paki politics. The Bhuttos have always symbolized whatever little threat there is to Pakistani establishment. They have been deemed security risk and systematically eliminated. To beat the agencies in their own game is no business for a 25 year old. Especially after watching how her grandfather, father , and now aunt have been beaten over and over..

  170. Sad says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:19 pm

    All Politics aside – whether I liked her or not – I would’ve supported her ANY day in place of the barbaric lunatics that killed her. No Muslim can justify the killing of another. Period.
    It’s very telling of our people, when even in such circumstances they think they are being witty or think a reality check’s in order – by spewing out clich

  171. Salma Khan says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:21 pm

    It is a very shocking and sad,My condolences to Benazir Bhutto

  172. December 27th, 2007 10:37 pm

    I watched u on AlJazeera today, u made some good points regarding what needs to be done, but once again, Musharraf failed to read the situation….

  173. ssa says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:43 pm

    I was literally shivering when I first heard about this heinous crime. I was never a supporter of PPP but my father, my grandfather and my relatives were die hard fans of Z.A.B and B.B and this way or that way, BB was always part of discussions taking place at our home and especially these days when the elections were about to be held, every one would gel to the TV sets and discuss politics and return of the BB. I was shocked to hear this news and so were my friends and family. She did not deserve to be killed like this. After all, she was a leader. I feel she knew about her fate, she shouldn’t have come back. She talked about these threats numerous times but she was a courageous lady and we must admit this and I personally salute her for her courage and the sacrifice she gave for this country.

  174. Trevor says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:56 pm

    At times like this it is hard to know what to say. Only my inner feelings can express what I am thinking now and how I truly feel. If I could put it into words I could only say sorry. On behalf of the whole human race I would say sorry to her because this is the world we have created as a whole. God did not have anything to do with this like some people may say. God gave us free will and someone used that free will to KILL. We are all responsible for the world we live in.

  175. Richard says:
    December 27th, 2007 10:58 pm

    Her death is a tragedy for Pakistan and the world. She was a flawed champion of democracy, but a champion nonetheless.

  176. meengla says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:14 pm

    @Bhitai,
    No, I am not saying Fatima Bhutto should stay in politics. Pakistan, unless a huge re-alignment is done now, is a lost cost and I am seriously burning my Pakistani passport away. I always had the option of a western country’s but chose not to do so.

    Frankly, as an Urdu Speaking Pakistani I feel blood on my hands: We ‘Mohajirs’ were instrumental in bringing down ZAB. In my personal defence, I was too young then. But that can’t take the blame away. And today it was heartening to hear Altaf Hussain come out and call not only Benazir a martyr but also ZAB as martyr.

    Make no mistake about it. As Aitzaz Ahsan said, unless Punjab steps forward in a healing process, we are going to see a 3rd front opening in Pakistan where (hitherto peaceful) Sindhi people are going to follow secessionist route along with the Baluchs and the Pashtuns. Add in Altaf, who has been in in the crosshair of the establishment, we have a dynamite ready to explode!

    But I digressed!

    Fatima Bhutto is very eloquent, if she is the real one who writes the revitting columns in newspapers. But she has the cursed name of ‘Bhutto’ which is worse than the ‘Kennedy’ curse word because Kennedies are not even half as much hunted as the Bhuttos, to say the least.

    May Pakistan and the humanity find peace.

    PS. Thanks to all those from seemingly western countries above. We are shocked right now. Your healing words mean a lot to us even if your (Bush led) govt. is a phony.

  177. Adnan says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:15 pm

    Musharraf failed to read the situation? I think things going in very much in favor of Punjab Elahi of Gujrat and Musharraf.

    @PMA: Enemies of Pakistan? do you want to say that Bhutto family is/was FRIEND of Pakistan? being over emotional is quite natural but let’s not go offtrack and ignore history.

    I feel sorry for her kids who had no fault and they lost their mother but one should not forget what PPP had done in Karachi in past.

    Infact it was not only Ms.Bhutto who expired yesterday. There were several others who also lost their life but they are not remembered or mentioned because they were ordinary Pakistanis.

  178. Adnan says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:22 pm

    Ms.Bhutto already blamed left extremist Musharraf for her death:

    tinyurl.com/yo56st

  179. X1 says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:22 pm

    Pakistan needs to seriously introspect after this terrible tragedy.
    the riots that have broken out in pakistani cities will only compound the problem, and will do no good for the nations image.burning buses, looting and killings are no way to express grief.
    true leaders of the communities would be those who are able to arrest the degeneration of mourners into mobs.

  180. pindiwalla says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:29 pm

    Let’s not forget that Fatima Bhutto squarely blames Benazir for her father’s death…

    and let’s not forget that her father hijacked a plane full of Pakistanis to Kabul and then to Damascus – and in the process killed a person…while terrorizing the rest for more than 2 weeks…

    She should play a role – hopefully as the first decent Bhutto in Paki politics

  181. Tim B says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:37 pm

    When will the Muslim world stand up and expel the terrorists who, I am afraid, will terrorize their way to power all over the Muslim world. I am an American Christian who simply cannot understand Islam and its propensity for deadly violence. All my prayers and thoughts go out to Ms. Bhutto, her family and to all the God loving people of Pakistan. I pray the righteous and decent Muslim majority will finally stand up to Al Queda. God Bless Pakistan and God receive and bless this beautifully courageous woman.

  182. legaeagle says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:37 pm

    Indeed a sad day for Pakistan. The terrorists did not kill Benazir, but they have killed PPP on the whole as a party. The big question now remains, will PPP survive as a party without Bhutto-ism?

    Pakistan will go on. Pakistan is bigger than the BB’s Nawaz Sharifs, Musharrafs and the likes! Although a tragedy, but this will in turn make our nation stronger and wiser.

    Time has come to once and for all purge the element of extremism from our society in Pakistan even if we have to round up, line up and publicly shoot these country-less foreigners using our soil and our people as tools for their deranged and misguided jihad-like cause.

  183. Saima says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:52 pm

    I am still in shock. May Allah grant her soul peace and her children with patience. No one deserves to be killed – yet this was pre-ordained in her fate.

    There will be many theories and many talks on terrorism, but only Allah knows who the real culprits are behind this sick game and what the motive/s were.

    As for the suicide bombers that carry out this act – if we were to provide for the poor properly and implement unity and education in our infrastructure, then these bombers would not be born.

    The US (bush) will leap at this opportunity to repeat the same old record of terrorism. The event will no longer be broadcasted as an Assassination, but more of a radical extremist (Islamic) attack. Was JKF and Ghandi’s destiny not the same? But I do not recall anyone saying, the Christian that killed JFK, or the radical Hindu that killed Ghandi. Why is my religion ALWAYS plunged into this pattern of blame? first my religion, and now, my country is being slated?

    I wish our people could understand that the only way to implement democracy is through non-violence, as once stated by Ghandi. (Why are you setting fire to your own land? Surely, the damage has been done, why are you adding to it? – where is the gain in ambushing the streets of your own home?)

    It has been referred to as a ‘time bomb’, a corrupt place, a dangerous country. PAKISTAN has been defamed worldwide on the media as a country that is incapable of doing anything right.

    Tears are filled in my eyes, that want to explode. I love my country, I can’t bear to see what is going on. When will a leader with a true, clean heart and sole objective to prosper Pakistan come into place???

    I swear, if I knew how, I would stand for election myself (accompanied with a bullet proof vest)

    A nation cannot be changed by its leader, the change must take place in the people and if they are united in a just cause and way of life, they have succeeded.

    By the way, If I won the election, the first thing I would do is implement LAW in Pakistan ( Real Law & Justice ) and real POLICE (and change the murky uniform infested in corruption to a bright trustworthy colour full of integrity).

    May Allah (SWT) guide our people and protect our country and may we implement the prescribed..UNITY, FAITH & DISCIPLINE within ourselves.

    Saima
    LONDON

  184. Adnan says:
    December 27th, 2007 11:53 pm

    ALL banks in Sukkhar were burnt by unknown people. AAJ TV

  185. Anna says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:07 am

    I just wanted to offer my condolences at this tragic loss. What a waste of life. There is too much senseless killing all over the world by everyone. I hope people will soon realize that killing does not solve anything. IT only breeds more killing.

  186. Patrick says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:32 am

    These are trying times for Pakistan. And for the world. There are too many people in all religions, including my own, who misuse their religion to cause pain and they can bring disrepute to the entire religion. I hope many Americans will read your blog and realize that most Pakistanis are decent people and the propaganda fed to us by Fox News is wrong. Let us all look for the good in all people and not for that which is bad.

  187. Pakistani against Violence says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:35 am

    For those still not clear about who did this terrible act:

    Al-Qaeda claims Bhutto killing
    By Syed Saleem Shahzad

    KARACHI -

  188. zakoota says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:39 am

    This is very very sad. Honestly, whole day I was almost in a state of shock. I have no words to explain how sad I am. May Allah rest her soul in peace and save Pakistan. Ameen

  189. Adnan says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:43 am

    Well said Ms.Saima. I totally agree with you. West got another excuse to make fun of Islam.

  190. from the other side says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:50 am

    Really appreciate what you guys are trying. I feel sorry for her as a human being, and for all the people who will pay the price for this ‘jahalat’ with their lives in the violence that will follow. Please don’t give up! You, the intelligentsia, have to stand up and be counted. I’m an Indian, but I can feel your pain. Don’t let the Westerners or others call you a ‘failed state’. I’ve read all the blogs here, and believe me, you’ve got it in you to change the course of history for the better.

  191. Umar Shah says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:51 am

    Another sad day in Pakistan’s history. May Benazir’s soul rest in peace. I hope the violence and disruption of life that followed her death stops soon.

  192. Jalal says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:55 am

    My condolences to all the bereaved. What more can one say. Inna lillahe wa inna ilayhe rajeyoun.

  193. Eidee Man says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:57 am

    Just heard the news about Al-Qaeda claiming responsibility. I will pause and let those who have voiced sympathy for these murderous, barbaric terrorists slap themselves in the face.

    We let a bunch of foreign terrorists get into the country and kill a great leader. There is plenty of blame to go around: from the U.S. who supported the dictators and created these killing organizations, to us, the so-called “educated” good-for-nothing pontificators who took such pleasure in bashing Benazir and the PPP. Any idiot can criticize, bash, and even kill; but few have the courage to convert devastating loss into such courage.

  194. khan says:
    December 28th, 2007 1:07 am

    This Pakistani politics continue to surpise me, you can’t just predict what’s coming, you can never tell who’s a hero and who’s a traitor, OMG this is so bad, so so bad.

  195. meengla says:
    December 28th, 2007 1:19 am

    There can NEVER be a leader in Pakistan for the foreseable future who will not be tainted badly. But in case of the Bhuttos, the vast machinery has been in used since 1977 to paint them as the absolute evil. Such forces, if arrayed against even M.A.Jinnah now, can damage anyone’s political career too much.
    And so, the establishment, having not content with hanging ZAB in a trial which even Asghar Khan called ‘flawed’, went after his daughter in 1988 and continued to create all kinds of propaganda and political machination to discredit BB. All the while the son of Mard-e-Momin (public hanging/floggin) Zia ul Haq remains untouched and even manage to be a cabinet member in Musharraf’s govt!
    What I say is not an emotional outburst just because BB is killed. I have held seemingly pro BB position in this blogspace for a long time, indeed since I came here. For I have been aware of the implications on Pakistan’s federation if BB is violently removed. And that, my fellows, is coming true: Already NS is called to stay back from the funeral today. It is a shame because I now think NS as a budding symbol of resistance. But things are going out to go of hand in Sindh and if Altaf Hussain joins any resistance then we will have a 3rd front opening in Pakistan.

  196. Faraz says:
    December 28th, 2007 1:20 am

    No, Pakistan is not going to come to an end because of this incident. Pakistan is not going to erupt into a civil war. There won’t be a Sindhi-Punjabi conflict. Pakistan has not turned overnight into a “failed” state. Please don’t be so pessimistic. It’s natural to be emotional but some of the posts are just overreactions.

    Life will go on.

  197. Daktar says:
    December 28th, 2007 1:25 am

    Dear Faraz, I sincerely hope you are wrong. If “life will go on” and nothing will change even after this tragedy then shame on us. I hope that things will change. I hope that we as a people will rise against the evil of extremism and violence and that we will rise for democracy. I really wish that things will change.

  198. Daktar says:
    December 28th, 2007 1:27 am

    Today in Pakistan is really the critical day. In the next many hours we will find out whether Pakistan will come together or whether we will see more bloodshed and destruction. I hope that our society will learn the real lessons from this and rise for democracy and peace and against violence and extremism.

  199. meengla says:
    December 28th, 2007 1:55 am

    Yes, life ‘goes on’ just like it does in Baluchistan where everyday some power pillion or railway tract get blown away. Yes, life goes on like it does in NWFP where…I guess I don’t need to add anything to that.

    Sir: When a whole linguistic group feels alienated then it can only be downhill from there unless drastic measures are taken. ZAB’s execution was wound which is still festering in the hearts of the Sindhi speaking Pakistanis. And this will bound to have huge impact. So, yes, Pakistan will be around–and may it prosper forever–but a Pakistan where there is another anti-center movement picks up to start blowing up stuff is not a healthy Pakistan.

    This is in the mind of even Nawaz Sharif who said today that Pakistan ‘cannot afford another Fall of Dhaka’.

    Let’s hope that we end the involvement of military from Pakistan’s affairs forever by using a national tragedy as an opportunity for change. Are you listening Mr. Musharraf?!

  200. taqel husnain says:
    December 28th, 2007 2:06 am

    listen to the peoples of pakistan to veryfy the really story,, over 116 million peoples dont know whats good for them and one man do!!

  201. Asim Sukhera says:
    December 28th, 2007 2:23 am

    Like all Pakistanis my heart is full of grief and my mind is full of fear. Taking the life of a twice elected PM and the best known Pakistani political figure in this cold blooded manner is absolutely horrific.

    I hope and pary that all Pakistanis shun their differences and stand together in the face of this never ending menace of terrorism. Paksitan has become just like Lebanon and Iraq where fate of the nation is decided with bombs and bullets and not on the ballot box.

    While I remain optimistic that Pakistan will not turn into a failed state I have a feeling that this will be forgotten as one more painful episode in Pakistan history and come New Year eve the Pakistani elite will be singing and dancing again forgetting the misery of this nation. Let see ….

  202. independent Citizen says:
    December 28th, 2007 2:48 am

    A great disaster which will lead our country to further anarchy and chaos. Who will be getting benefit from all this sitution..

    Plz note western media in conjunction with anarchy and chaos which is currently devastating our country and realize where we are heading.

    God Bless Quaid’s Country

  203. benazir bhutoo says:
    December 28th, 2007 2:49 am

    My Dear people of pakistan,

    i am no more, that was the end of me, but remember once again what i said when i came back to pakistan, the only person who is still breathing, who can tell everyone, that what is the deal with the pakistan’s neuk-programe, that is the dear A Q Khan, i would have taken him to the safty and than asked him who where those army generals???? who have taken all the benifit out of your efforts and sold the technology to others, and placed you as the only one to be blamed, now my dear country men please think and tell me why my father my brothers and now i myself have been killed, terminated, where army of pakistan was to give their lives to save east pakistan, they threw down their weapons, and where us tried to save the country are always killed int his fasion. ???? i am no more but my question will remain the same, think my dear country men why is it so that there has not yet been a single audit of any of the army generals but only the polititions and civil society??????? i am no more but you are and pakistan is so please think and give it a thought……. i will be looking down…………its now upto you what you think and what you do your next step will be your test…………….God Bless pakistan and God bless people of pakistan……

  204. RE says:
    December 28th, 2007 2:58 am

    benazir bhutoo about Abdul Qadir
    Somethings are done for the interest of the country. So sorry but you were wrong to go after this issue. If you loved your country then do not sit in a bullet proof car but come out from sunroof. Because you told Pakistan that you care for Pakistan.Should have tried to live for Pakistan.

  205. ali m m khan says:
    December 28th, 2007 3:10 am

    There is has been non stop coverage about BBs’ assassination in the USA, with every politician commenting on her sad demise. All the news channels, cnn/msnbc/fox/, have been beaming file and current footage of her and her background along with news reels from geo/aaj/ary/ptv, full of accolades and praises. Rightly so.

    For the first time i can see some insightful and meaningful questions being asked. of pakistani’s around the world and within pakistan. What a sad day for all of us especially all of us pakistani’s. Maybe BB can accomplish something that she could never do so in life, opening the hearts of us to some, realization that we all need to say ,”enough is enough and we will not stand for this debauchery and rape being committed with our nation and destiny.”

    Allah helps those who help themselves.

  206. Suki says:
    December 28th, 2007 4:20 am

    Great loss to the country but also to the world. One woman that knew exactly what she believed in and had the country believe in her. She will be missed greatly. Rest in peace….

  207. Indian says:
    December 28th, 2007 5:39 am

    It is very sad . It is perhaps darkest hour for Pakistan. One cant but feel sorry. Bhutto, for all her faults was still better of lot, an a friend of India.

    It is time , I think, that paskistanis introspect where their country is heading. Would it become a modern. moderate nation or plunge into chaotic islamic fundamentalist state. And irony is that pakistanis themselves are to be blamed for it by pursuing policies of violence and terrorism for all these decades targeted against others. Now the monster has turned it head on its own master.

  208. December 28th, 2007 6:10 am

    We have lost a great democracy fighter.

  209. Jay says:
    December 28th, 2007 6:21 am

    I am an Indian and I cannot express the anger and disbelief I felt after watching the news coverage of Benazir’s assassination. It would be hard to believe for you guys, but I barely slept last night. I felt deeply saddened and the pictures kept swimming through my head all night. She was a great lady, she had her blemishes but then who doesn’t ? I felt for her 3 kids and I feel for Pakistan. When I look back, I am led to the conclusion that Musharraf has not been good for Pakistan. Since his coming Pakistan has been going through one crisis after another. I hope that peace will return to the subcontinent. May our respective gods tide us through this state of turmoil. I wish all happiness for the people of our 2 countries and one day, I hope, we’ll live like the brothers that we are.

  210. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 28th, 2007 6:29 am

    To all commentators

    I request again to please refrain from igniting
    and inciting religious hatred from comments
    posted on this blog.

  211. faraz says:
    December 28th, 2007 6:34 am

    What I heard that “Lashkar jhangwi” carried out this assisination on behalf of OBL. These were not foreigners but pakistanis.

    Where were you guys when laskar jhnagwi was killing inoocent shias in 1990s. Where was NS, Hamid Gul and Qazi sahib at that time.? My close friend father who was college principal was killed by sapah sabaha in karachi just because he was shia.

    We all have killed benazir.

  212. Arjun says:
    December 28th, 2007 6:51 am

    As an Indian, Benazir Bhutto’s murder brought home for the first time the very real and dangerous possibility of a Pakistan taken over by extremists, hostile to India and other countries with horrific weapons at their disposal. For the first time, I’d say we in India are realizing the crucial importance of a moderate and self-satisfied Pakistan if India is to continue to see stability and economic progress. India cannot afford to be an island any longer.

    I believe Benazir Bhutto was an incredibly brave woman to return to Pakistan and campaign, fully aware of the possibility of death, with utter belief in and submission to God’s Will. I think her murder is sad and unfortunate, but it can become a massive force for positive change in Pakistan if the people in Pakistan wish it and are willing to die for their wish to come true. If more such people like Benazir emerge in Pakistan that refuse to be cowed down by force or to shortchange their values for short-term stability, the country’s future is bright indeed. The price of democracy is the courage to stand up for one’s beliefs, whatever the consequences, and once one is ready to pay that price, no one can suspend or otherwise interfere with the people’s supreme Will (in effect, democracy).

    Today, an Indian is for the first time for a stable, secure and above all, moderate Pakistan. And I know I’m not the only one. One hopes Bhutto did not sacrifice her life for Pakistan in vain. And one hopes that a happy Pakistan will not strive for an unhappy India :).

  213. Laura Femorry says:
    December 28th, 2007 6:57 am

    I pray that this will remind the world and everyone in it to renounce violence and seek peace. We have made our world very very violenct. My own country USA is greatly to blame for this itself as are others. I hope that those of us who want peace will stand up for it and demand it everywhere.

  214. tsedek says:
    December 28th, 2007 7:05 am

    my well meant condolences. i understand the tragedy, i feel the pain. i admire people going the non-violent way while being threatened with violence. my deep respect for Benazir Buttho. May she rest in peace.

  215. Hassan says:
    December 28th, 2007 7:39 am

    Rest in peace.

    Larkana should be re-named Bhutto City.

  216. Kishore says:
    December 28th, 2007 8:22 am

    The prayers of the world are with Pakistan. As an Indian, I know exactly what it means when a poplar leader is assasinated senselessly. We have had such violence ourselves in India. from Gandhi ji, to Indira to Rajiv. The loss is devastating. I hope our sub-continent will eventually come out of this terrible curse. Strength to all of you. Peace.

  217. D_a_n says:
    December 28th, 2007 8:23 am

    before I say anything else at how I feel…

    a word on the incident itself as it has been reported…

    the assassin….shoots benazir…assured that he has hit his mark and killed her…

    you would expect him to either flee or at least try to…..no..this man….AFTER he has done what he was supposed to…..just blows himself up….along with 20 innocent bystanders….just like that….no reason….no discrimination…no prejudice….

    for everyone who is blaming whosoever they like….it is time to realise that unless we physically purge ourselves from these bearded bakras…and I mean even those that have any sympathy for these animal mullahs we are doomed…
    how dare they do this?
    how dare they rob her from us?
    how dare they decide who lives and who dies?
    how dare we let this happen?
    how dare we tolerate these animal mullahs that wish to see our kids dead for no reason?

    it is TIME and it will be too late very soon….to realize that who is the real enemy here…..
    it is the bearded animal that must be vanquished or we can kiss our children goodbye…

    a prayer please..for the gallant fauji’s who are fighting and dying for us in swat….waziristan..and elsewhere…they
    are villified….die unthanked and unsung…yet they continue to fight and die…. for you…for me..so that we may live in peace…
    so that no one may just walk up and deprive us of a Benazir…

    Pakistan Zindabad….

  218. S K H says:
    December 28th, 2007 8:29 am

    Even after a full day, I am still in shock at this. From what I hear the killing in the aftermath is now beginning to stop. I hope it does. It is time now to rebuild. First find the terrorists who did this and then also start healing a nation that is clearly in pain. God help us!

  219. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 28th, 2007 8:34 am

    Mourning in a strange fashion !!!

    @ Edhi center attacked by political thugs of Parties

    16 ambulances burned 23 killed 4 of them were
    from police,

    Looting, Rampage, killings, arson and crimes
    this are the realities and the real faces of politics
    played by Political parties in KARACHI.

    Shame on you Benazirians, you are a shame for her
    she must be embarrased in her grave, or clapping ??

    can any one answer ??

  220. M Junaid Khan says:
    December 28th, 2007 8:40 am

    I got a forwarded message containing some numbers regarding the benazir bhutto. It seems her un lucky number is 9 as per the calculations which the number wizards have done. I had to verify it before publishing it on my wizard and did add some more to it as few more unfortunate numbers also turned out to be 9.
    It is just numbers so dont take them too serious!
    Regards
    M J K
    http://thelandofpure.blogspot.com/

  221. Omar says:
    December 28th, 2007 9:46 am

    My condolences to Benazir’s immediate family and friends.

    It was a heineuos crime committed by the religious fanatics in the form of ISI agents. Benazir was the only unifying figure who represented all the provinces of Pakistan!

    It’s about time that we dismantled the criminal ISI which is only killing its own people.

    Shame on chaudry brothers and on the remanent of Zia. They are the major suspects in yesterday’s killing.

    To Rafay Kashmiri:

    Have you got any clue that those who set alight Edhi’s ambulances were Benazirians. They could well have been the supporters of the remanents of Gen. Zia!

  222. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 28th, 2007 9:53 am

    Assassination of BB would have huge repercussions for Pakistan in particular and the whole world in general. I don’t know what they would be, but they would be enormous.

    Just like nothing really happened in the short term on the gruesome shahadat of Imam Hussain, but in the long term it changed the history of Islam. World War I started with the killing of the Austrian Prince. It seems like the politics of Pakistan would revolve around BB for at least a decade or two.

  223. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 28th, 2007 9:56 am

    One thing is for sure, things have gone beyond the Faujis of Pakistan who nothing but to get more money and power. But I just hope that this high profile killing would dent the status quo and the relationship between the people and the Army would never be the same again and the latter would have to be cut to size, i.e. its proper role. Only that would ensure long term stability for Pakistan. But the Pakistani Generals are just too money and power drunk and arrogant to act on their own. They would have to be kicked out of the affairs of the state.

  224. Vasanth M Mohan says:
    December 28th, 2007 10:00 am

    May god console her family and take care of her. Good bye Ms. Bhutto be ni the arms of God…..Farewell with tears

  225. meengla says:
    December 28th, 2007 10:02 am

    I don’t know which ‘Benazirian’ here is defending the burning of ambulances?! No one! TV Commentators are saying that the first wave of protests come in the form of burning and destruction. This is followed by seasoned looters who thrive on the ripe playfields of Pakistan’s political violence.
    But I won’t rule out supporters of BB are involved in burning ambulances: They reflect the society at large and had it been some other party which had faced such trauma then similar scenes could not be ruled out. Heck, when our dear president can beat up lawyers and NGOs then what to expect of others?

  226. December 28th, 2007 10:39 am

    How are you affected by Bhutto

  227. PC says:
    December 28th, 2007 10:39 am

    I am sad ! I being an Indian and an avid Pakistan watcher was quite sure that BB will be able to take Pakistan out of the mess it has created for itself in the past few years.

    Although I remember that Taliban got full support and Terrorism in Indian side of JK was at its peak during her tenure however this time she was invited to speak at India Conclave in New Delhi and she sounded a very different person. She spoke of progress, eradicating poverty and terrorism, She spoke of how Pakistan would like to be in good terms with Afganistan and India (currently which is not !!!). She also gave interviews to some of the private news channels and her body language confirmed whatever she said.

    Now that she is no more, It is time for some introspection for all the Pakistanis. Where would they like their country to be in the next one decade.

    Options are
    A) Ruled by the same people who have looted it for years and be in a similar situation (we call it a failed state).

    B) Taliban and Jihadis taking over Pakistan and even worse its neuclear wepons. God forbid if they use it against US or even against India both being big enough countries might lose a city or so but it can have frightning repurcussions for Pakistan for no fault of most of its population.

    C) Progress towards becoming a Superpower like India and China.

    I don’t want to sound derogatory but when you people say that all the politicians are thugs and scoundrels have you ever thought about where they came from ??? They came from within you people. And unfortunately I can’t see even a single person available in Pakistani politics who can take Pakistan out of this mess…. or maybe it could be Mr Mushraff.

    May BB’s soul rest in peace…

  228. RJ says:
    December 28th, 2007 10:57 am

    @PC:thanks for your comments and concerns, some very valid point. BTW don’t worry about the Pakistan nuclear weapons; emergency and assassination’s happens in any country (India Indra Ghandi, USA kennedy), it has nothing to do with Pakistan nuclear weapon security. You know it better than us, if security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapon would have been weak, India or USA would have destroyed it long long time ago.
    BTW just an advice, go and read the USA news papers, they have a news about 3-4 months ago about two USA pilots carrying live nuclear weapons and flying it all over the USA, that is the ultimate example of weak security and irresponsible behavior of handling nuclear weapons.

  229. TEE BEE says:
    December 28th, 2007 11:19 am
  230. Christian says:
    December 28th, 2007 11:32 am

    I must say, after watching the funeral procession, my heart is again broken and listening to the news I cannot believe they are praising their assassins for killing this woman! I find that just totally inhuman, and completely demonic!!!

  231. Annabel says:
    December 28th, 2007 11:34 am

    Christian, who is “praising their assasins”? I have not heard anyone do that.

  232. Emad says:
    December 28th, 2007 11:39 am

    Why are we looking for scapegoats!!!

    Why are we still playing the blame game?

    It would only be fair to leave aside the topic of if Ms. Bhutto was good or bad. But I don

  233. Christian says:
    December 28th, 2007 11:40 am

    Those horrible Al’Quida?(sp) I just saw that on the news here in the US. This is just too horrible for words. I hope God gives these idiots the punishment they truly deserve!! How little inhumanity these people have, they have killed someone’s mother, wife, leader and they have no remorse. The suicide bomber is serving his sentence in hell right now and it’s too late for him. Mrs Bhutto is in HEAVEN with God and peaceful!

  234. RE says:
    December 28th, 2007 11:41 am

    Challenge for Muslim world today is the people who are trying to spread Islam not with examples and their good behaviors but with violence. Among many Mullahs only handful are credible all others are only hurting the image of Islam. One does not care if they are hurting Islam intentionally or not. Bottom line is Islam has been hijacked by these selfish Mullahs. Now many moderate Muslims believe that these Mullahs are used by non Muslims to destabilized Islamic countries. Basically these mullahs are making it easy for non Muslim countries to humiliate Islam and control many oil rich Islamic countries for their interests.Going back in history British almost ruled all the Muslim countries but we saw no Jihad , what we saw was nationalist movements.Why has Jihad become a routine activity for these extremist since after Russia was kicked out of Afghanistan. I will call it falls impression was given of Jihad to Muslims reviving Jihad in the hearts of many Muslims when USA used Mujahdeens to kick Russia out of Afghanistan. At that time many Muslims started to believe if they can kick Russia then they can kick any super power. Then USA left Afghanistan leaving all the headaches behind for Pakistan. We all know creation of Talibans and al-Qaida was proudly done by USA . Many Mullahs were encouraged by departure of Russia by Mujahdeens crediting only Jihad. Truth is Mujahdeens won over Russians because they were fully armed by USA via Pakistan. And Mujahdeens knew the area well and I am sure the jihad passion also helped. But only with Jihad in mind with out any help from USA there is no way these Mujahdeens would have kicked Russia out of Afghanistan.For same reason now if Russia starts supporting Talibans like USA did. Yes they will kick USA out from Afghanistan too. All Pakistanis must protest USA anytime USA tells Pakistan that Pakistan has not done enough to eliminate extremists inside Pakistan. USA has given Pakistan few billion dollars to fight these extremists and Pakistan is providing services for that money. USA should not forget that in Iraq USA has spent 100 time more billions of dollars and still has not secceded in fight with extremist Muslims. Infect USA should reimburse all the money for all the headaches left behind for Pakistan after USA left Afghanistan in 1980

  235. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 28th, 2007 11:45 am

    How much one can be sure that what the government is saying regarding Baitullah Mahsood is in fact correct and not another distortion of facts?

  236. legaleagle says:
    December 28th, 2007 11:50 am

    BB died because of banging her head against a metal lock as she was either thrown forward by the blast shock-wave or she herself ducked forward as a reaction to the blast behind her. No bullet or any shrapnel was found in her. Her face only had one wound on the right temple. She died probably of the internal skull fracture and the consequent brain hemorrhage.

    doctors report from Rawalpindi General Hospital (12 docs team) along with X-Rays and photos of the damaged vehicle have been shown on TV.

    Simple fact of the matter, had she kept herself inside the vehicle, like her party leaders who were sitting inside and were not even scratched, she would have been alive today. These damn politicians should start listening to security professionals then to think that they are the master of the universe. Had BB listened, this would have not happened!

  237. meengla says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:02 pm

    I want to thank again all non-Pakistanis who have expressed their condolences and warm words in this blog. I especially want to thank bloggers from India: In my opinion a lot of what is happening in Pakistan is because of the fact that Pakistan is a ‘security State’ constantly in fear of Indian hegemony and that gives undue share to the military in Pakistan’s affairs. In this sense there cannot a ‘normal’ Pakistan unless peace or at least a credible detente is established with India.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071228/ap_on_re_as/pakistan_bhutto_world

    has a few good videos (Bhutto’s Brave Stand) linked from the bottom of above link. One of the main reasons she wins hearts is her courage: Watch how she reaches out to the people in public places disregarding her own security.

    As for Al-Qaida, may be they did it. May be not. One thing is sure that this govt. has no credibility left and whatever it says has to be taken with a bucket of salt.

  238. R. Kibriya says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:04 pm

    Just got sent a link to this op-ed article by Adil Najam and I think he is exactly right.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2007/12/28/2007-12-28_saving_pakistan_from_itself.html

  239. Sridhar says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:09 pm

    Reg. the claim that she died due to head injuries sustained by hitting her head against the car…

    There was no autopsy conducted on her. And the site of her assassination was quickly washed away using fire engines. Why? Do we really believe the claim that no bullet or shrapnel was found inside her? Or was it the case that the bullet would provide uncomfortable evidence against certain people or entities? What evidence at the site needed to be quickly washed away? These questions will perhaps never be answered, just like the questions about Liaqat’s assassination remain unanswered more than 50 years after his death.

  240. RE says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:12 pm

    meengla you said
    As for Al-Qaida, may be they did it. May be not. One thing is sure that this govt. has no credibility left and whatever it says has to be taken with a bucket of salt.
    I say:
    This government is here to stay. Because Mushraf loves Pakistan and he takes steps to stay alive for the love of Pakistan. He is not running around looking out from sunroof of his car. Mushraf will not let Foreign army enter Pakistan territory but BB said she will.
    Frontier areas has long loyal history with Pakistan. All the problems in those area need to be resolved with brain not with emotions. Mushraf is smart and has caused some frustration to the people who were investing in Bhutto.
    Mushraf is best for Pakistan right now. Yes I want elections to be fair no matter what.Mushraf must put end to extremism in Pakistan.Yes day to day living is expensive in Pakistan for poors I want Mushraf to do something about it. Crises like shortage of Aataa should never happen again under his rule. Electricity problems in summer should be taken care.Mushraf must provide clean water to the poor people of Pakistan. Education for all. Health for all.Mushraf also slowly take out corrupted people working under him. lets talk about real issues

  241. Abid says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:34 pm

    Even before the dust has settled from the blast

  242. meengla says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:51 pm

    @RE,
    I don’t know if you realize it or not but you sound like a mouthpiece of the Pakistani establishment!
    1) Why should this govt. ‘stay’? Who the hell gave Mush the right to decide what is good for Pakistan?
    2) BB may have said that as the ‘last resort’ she may seek American help in the tribal areas. Well, Musharraf has actually done that repeatedly, secretly already. No use trying to be too pure about it.
    3) You want fair elections? Then why couldn’t Musharraf find a few dozen neutral Pakistanis to form the caretaker setup?
    4) By cracking down on the judiciary, media, human right activists, political workers and lawyers–all essential part of the Pakistani society, frankly Musharraf sounds more like Mullah Umar than the ‘liberal’ I mistook him for too long. Musharraf’s ‘liberalism’ is only social: Allow music etc. But when it comes to the real issues–the future of Pakistan–he is a tinpot dictator whose days are numbered.
    5) Finally, tell us: Under whose absolute rule Pakistan has burned for past 5-6 years? Tell us: Who bred these bearded fundos to wage ‘jihad’ against the Soviets and India? I am not going to absolve American role but post 1989 it was the Pakistani military who were the real culprit. Now, there is a change of heart forced by internal/external circumstances but putting the blame on the politicians is a very ignorant and cruel.
    6) Musharraf had marginalized the mainstream parties to the extent that the fundos filled the vacuum in the Frontier.
    7) The war in Frontier cannot be won by military action alone. While your coward general hides in the Presidency Pakistani soldiers are being slaughtered there. While your coward general lives like a hermit the heroes of Pakistani people like the judges and now BB come out exposed and confront problems.

  243. RE says:
    December 28th, 2007 12:56 pm

    Paksitan would not survive if there was no God. God does things for reasons. After hearing American TV coverage yesterday many questions come in mind. Many people in the streets do not understand things going on international level.
    But the one understands find things are happening based on circumstances surrounded around Pakistan.Rulers are given Job to do by God and if they truly understand their duty some times they have to make decisions which are not popular but they know better. All we have to do is trust them.
    One thing is very clear that enemy of Pakistan wants to see Pakistan destabilized and they are happy to see that happening. I am afraid If we do not put our acts together and do not understand International politics , we will be history soon.Every word spoken on this board by a Pakistani Citizen should be in the lines with the interest of Pakistan.
    Once we reach to this level we will be fine.

  244. Malique says:
    December 28th, 2007 1:02 pm

    I really don’t know how to put all this in words.Its such a tragic and testing time for us.I hope all the politicians lay stress on peace and harmony instead of pointing fingers.

  245. Adnan says:
    December 28th, 2007 2:00 pm

    I was watching BBC few hours back, the angrez analyst was pretty amazed on statement of Brig.Cheema that Al-Qaeda was involved in killing and they said they intercepted a tape about bhutto between Mehsood and some other person. According to that guy, West is surprised about this too early conclusion. US said they would do their own investigation(which would ultimately not different than what Cheema said). Those names which were mentioned by Mohtarma are still free and roaming around were not even thought to take her letter seriously and got rejected at first place. I personally believe that situation is in favor of govt and Gujrat brothers since election could be posponded and they have gotrid of biggest threat in upcoming election. as usual things will not be declassified and we would just making personal guesses about her death.

    Dil ko behlana ko ghalib ye khyal acha hay

    p.s: Internet in Karachi was down for hours due to recent mob activities.

  246. RE says:
    December 28th, 2007 2:06 pm

    This would be nice if Mahdoom Fahim ask Pakistan to show strength and ask for calm. This will only show that PPP does not want to see Pakistan burning.
    Now it seems her death is totally accidental. Yes there was an explosion but everyone in her car survived but her. She is not hit with bullet. She was in bullet proof and bomb proof car.She had the habit to cheer the crowed. That is what has killed her. Yes this shows she was brave and this shows her true feeling towards her supporters. This is also true if she had stayed inside the car she would have been among us today. I pray she rests in peace and Allah gives her place in Heaven.

  247. meengla says:
    December 28th, 2007 2:08 pm

    It is not uncommon to find good once a person dies. But http://jang.com.pk/jang/dec2007-daily/28-12-2007/col9.htm

    is a rather uncommon praise for BB while she was still alive.

  248. Owais Mughal says:
    December 28th, 2007 2:23 pm

    It is high time for politicians, government and media to help stop the violence before it goes out of control. Burning private and public property is not going to help anyone. The infrastructure getting destroyed is people’s own.

  249. zia m says:
    December 28th, 2007 2:24 pm

    We must demand for an independent agency to determine the cause of BB’s death.Mush has lost all credibilityHe must resign and if he wants to participate in elections must do so like every body else.
    Government spokes people are saying she died of injuries when she hit her head against something in the vehicle. They are so stupid they refuse to look at vid clips.They must have people like RE here who just want to live in la la land
    Let us not turn it into fight against punjabis or sindhis.We must focus on the real enemy the dictator.

  250. Adnan says:
    December 28th, 2007 2:26 pm
  251. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 28th, 2007 2:28 pm

    @Zia M

    Surely one root cause of the entire problem is Musharraf and his cronies who must now be shown the door.

  252. illiterate peasant says:
    December 28th, 2007 2:45 pm

    I find it laughable that some people on this site are demanding that mush give up power as a result of BBs death and associated violence. if anything, these events support the argument that mush should stay in power. We can now see first hand what the PPP thugs are capable of – destroying public property and infrastructure.

    Anyone who is honest and loves Pakistan needs to be clear: Bhutto, like her husband and her party, was a crook. She was not the “best hope for Pakistan” or anything close to it. It is unfortunate that she was killed and not defeated electorally but Pakistan is better off in either case.

  253. meengla says:
    December 28th, 2007 2:46 pm

    1) I can hardly classify her death as an ‘accident’ even if she was killed by the lever of the car: She was attacked then! That’s plain murder. Not accident.
    2) The $1.5 BILLION corruption remain unproved. There was a $13 million conviction in a Swiss court which was taken back after BB contested.
    3) NS himself has said that there were a lot of politically-motivated cases between BB/NS in the 90s.
    4) In today’s ‘AAJ TV’ show all 4 participants (one was Talat Hussain, one a certain Paracha), incidentally all non-Sindhis, gave me great heart: They addressed the issues of BB’s corruption (many others have made billions since 1977) and her rejection by the Establishment. According to them, even before BB came to power in 1988 (and had chance to do her alleged loot), all kinds forces were assembled against her (formation of IJI etc). Then she was systematically hounded between 1988-1990 to the point that it was more for survival of her govt. then to have a functioning govt.
    5) Yes, Altaf Hussain is wise enough to never go back. Pakistani politics is steeped with bloodshed and unsolved murders starting from Liaqat Ali’s murder. So A.Hussain too be will be taken care of. But I also think that there is a strong realization in MQM that their fate lies with Sindh and Sindhis and even the events of May 12 have not changed that stance. MQM, ANP, and PPP remain the 3 prominent anti-Establishment parties of Pakistan. I would like to include PML-N in that but it is a bit premature for that.

  254. Sad American says:
    December 28th, 2007 3:16 pm

    I am saddend by the loss of a human being who was a major player in pushing for a democratic process in Pakistan. I have no opinion on who hould have won the election, only that a fair election took place. What now? In 1967, Robert F. Kennedy was shot down while running for President in the US. Although the assassination was not by a terrorist group, it affected the outcome of our democratic process. We ended up with Richard Nixon – not so good. No one in the Democrat Party really filled in the void for Kennedy. I hope and pray that all of the people in Pakistan learn from the mistake of others. Despite allegations of corrupt security, you must move on … so I think the violence should stop. And, despite what I read that no one in Ms. Bhutto’s party, the PPP, can rise up to take her place, some one must. The democratic process must survive and defeat the facists or Pakistan will surely end up like other states lead by dictators. Pakistan is better than that.

  255. Heather says:
    December 28th, 2007 3:35 pm

    Not since 9-11 has any news moved me like the death of Benazir Bhutto. On 9-11 I had cried out loud, “Oh, God, NOOOOOOOO”. Again yesterday I cried out the same thing. I cry for her family and children.

  256. Moez says:
    December 28th, 2007 3:41 pm

    What happened to Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is a shock to all Pakistanis around the world. My sympathy goes to her family. I pray that in this time of turmoil and deep sadness, our nation and people stay united.

    While I was not a fan of Benazir’s policies in her two stints as Prime Minister, no person, much less a national leader deserved such an end. This dastardly deed should not go unpunished, but I hope that the leaders of the PPP will urge their supporters to exercise restraint as they grieve. We are all saddened by this great loss for our nation, but we should not destroy property that belongs to our fellow citizens or the government.

    Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had pledged to take on the terrorists and I hope that her party’s supporters realize that by destroying property and scaring their fellow citizens they are descending to the level of the very people who she wanted to eradicate.

    I hope and pray that saner heads prevail and that the nation grieves this great loss by respecting her work, her courage, and by resolving to not let her death be in vain. Let us hope for a better tomorrow. May Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s soul rest in eternal peace.

  257. Bormest says:
    December 28th, 2007 3:51 pm

    Pakistan! PEACE!

  258. Chuck says:
    December 28th, 2007 3:59 pm

    These are dark days for Pakistan and the world. Prayers of strength for all Pakistanis. Peace will ultimately prevail.

  259. DA says:
    December 28th, 2007 3:59 pm

    What a brave woman. She was a better person than I am, at least more courageous. I don’t think she died in vain. If God had preserved her until now, then He had to have a purpose for allowing her to die at this time. Those who killed her were deluded and mentally ill, unlike her. She was not seeking her own death and the death of others, but willing to face it for a good cause. That was the difference between her and “them.” May people have the wisdom to see the difference between what she stood for and what her enemies stood for, and then realize what side the lies are coming from.

  260. Akif Nizam says:
    December 28th, 2007 5:03 pm

    I’m a first generation Pakistani American and I appreciate all the kind comments from fellow (non-Pakistani) Americans on this post. However, I’m perplexed as to where all these emotions are coming from. Benazir was not part of the American consciousness at all until only a couple of months ago. She was not part of any political discourse, not was she hailed around as the savior she is now being made out to be. I understand the individual human tragedy in her story but until late this very summer, Pakistanis as well as Americans had pretty much accepted that both her and Nawaz Sharif will never be part of the political process again. I guess Americans are second only to Pakistanis when it comes to short political attention-spans.

  261. meengla says:
    December 28th, 2007 5:29 pm

    Akif,
    The blogspace is evidently very anti-Bhutto in general. I don’t know why. May it is the demographic of middle/upper middle class bloggers? This blog, while balanced and more mature (compared with our younger kins at http://www.pakistanidefenceforum.com) is not an exception as far as anti-Bhutto is concerned. And if you see there is a some sympathy for BB now then it may well be because of a natural human sympathy for dead people/tragedy. However, it would be wrong to say that the larger (and poorer) people of Pakistan had abandoned BB. Even in BB’s absence and with zero chance of forming a govt. the PPP bagged the highest votes polled in 2002 elections. So let’s keep that it mind.
    As for our western visitors to this blog, I don’t think BB’s image managed to get quite as distorted. She may have faded into background–it was in 1996 when she last held any office in Pakistan–but she was nonethelesss always a very appealing choice should she ever blips on news’ radar.

    Her tragic death–something which will surely live for a long time in human memory and may well make ‘Pakistan’ a recognized name generations down the road–has caused the blip to appear on the radar of the Information Age.

    Her courage (to some, sure, stupidity) is already compared with that of Tipu Sultan by a blogger above. Combine that with her struggles since 1977–and there have been many, many for sure–AND combine that with the lackluster leaders we have all across the board–it should not be too suprising to see BB is admired, eulogized, and lamented…

    May you rest in peace: A Eulogy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elEwEzNWZ2E

  262. Stacy says:
    December 28th, 2007 6:35 pm

    My heart goes out to all Pakistani friends on this your day of sadness and grief. May your future have peace and prosperity.

  263. sharp says:
    December 28th, 2007 8:50 pm

    I am shocked. She is alive forever after she was gunned down. She is national hero. She do things for her people. Bullshit politics! People want justice\fair, democratic,freedom, happiness, safety. What are terroriest doing there? Bad guy.

  264. zaid says:
    December 28th, 2007 9:21 pm

    Benazir Bhutto is a brave woman .she is the sign of courage and determination .i am very sad about her.Every pakistani
    pray for her and condemn who did this active

  265. Morgan says:
    December 28th, 2007 10:32 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Pakistan.

  266. Zoe Hoffman says:
    December 28th, 2007 11:23 pm

    I found this site after hearing you talk about Pakistan and your blog on NPR today. You were very articulate there and this is an excellent site for anyone interested in Pakistan. Most importantly, your very humane and heartfelt thoughts on Ms. Bhotto are inspiring.

  267. meengla says:
    December 28th, 2007 11:56 pm

    Dawn’s Editorial sums up the situation following Benazir’s death quite adequately.

    http://www.dawn.com/2007/12/29/ed.htm


    Benazir Bhutto

  268. M Yousuf says:
    December 29th, 2007 1:58 am

    It is a sad moment for the Bhutto family and the nation as a whole.

    Bhutto erred in her moments of triumph to greet the people and exposed herself to the risk and paid the ultimate price. She was fully aware of the risks of holding rallies rather than using the elextronic media to explain to the voters what she stood for and how it would be different to her previous government. She had twice been deposed as a result of corruption something Bhutto denied. The Swiss Courts after her demise have dropped charges against her but have announced that charges against her husband would stand.

    The opposition have quickly taken to the streets and announced boycot of the elections. The statements made by these irresponsible leaders include that better protection shold have been provided to her. Are they thick and do not understand that one can be protected to some extent but to guarantee 100% protection is impossible especially when there are such large gatherings. There were others in the same car including Mr Makhdoom Amin Faheem but none including the driver was injured. It proves that that Bhutto erred in exposing herself to become an easy target to a suicide bomber.

    Before the thick politicians of Pakistan including the thick Sharifs that even the Americans have failed to provide 100 percent protection in Iraq or Afghanistan or the British failed to protect their citizens in the underground suicide bombing. All of them rely on intelligence and sometimes it is not clear or the politicians dismiss it as pure government interference.

    To all the thick politicians I will say take part in the elections as it achieves nothing and secondly stop these stupid rallies, it causes disruption to the common man and use the electronic media. The political parties could and should demand of the election commissioner equal time on television for each stake holder to explain their political manifesto and how the plan to achieve their targets followed by a live presidential style debate before the election.

  269. Daniela Oren says:
    December 29th, 2007 3:03 am

    Yes , where was the security ?

  270. Ali says:
    December 29th, 2007 3:31 am

    Har Ghar sey Bhutto Nikley Ga Tum Kitney Bhutto Maro Gey??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  271. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 29th, 2007 4:33 am

    Subconti’s Taghoots

    @ Even Mourning style is of 16th century Moghal
    Darbari manners and its regrettable how Icons
    are carved out of mud and worshipped to arrive
    at nothing except creating rival Taghoots, father
    brothers, daughters, grand daughters, sons etc.
    They should stop this Shakespearine Drama.

    @ Sherry Rehman, Naheed Khan who were critically
    injured ” Nehayat Nazuk ” Halat, have recovered
    so quickly and survived, why the journalists have
    to lie. ?? Geo has become Politicised, its now third
    day Geo is rediffusing constantly 24 hrs the same
    pictures and news and propaganda.

  272. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 29th, 2007 5:25 am

    RE,

    Lies, frauds. tricks propaganda against Islamists

    @ Al Qaidah and Taliban have catagorically denied
    their involvement in the murder of Benazir, now,
    the responsibility is on your Mushy and his Godfathers
    where ever they are, they will be hunted down even have
    to look for them in USA.
    Your jokers and buffoons of Ministry of Defence,
    we have enough of them.

  273. donald charlson says:
    December 29th, 2007 8:15 am

    i am mad as heard the teorrble news i can not thick why awful thing to happan pakstans only hope now a contry is starting go to trotring to i hope that bin ldin happy who ever will rot in hell

  274. meengla says:
    December 29th, 2007 9:34 am

    Jang’s Irshad Ahmad Haqqani, arguably, one of the best Pakistani journalists, says thus:

    http://jang.com.pk/jang/dec2007-daily/29-12-2007/col1.htm

  275. Ajmal Hudda Bhutto says:
    December 29th, 2007 11:59 am

    HOW POORMENS EYES WILL DREAM ABOUT PROSPERITY AFTER DEATH OF BENAZIR BHUTTO, HOW ROSES OF RAWALPIDI PARKS WILL SMEL AFTER HER BLOOD SHED IN THAT LAND AND HOW STARS WILL TWINKLE ON THE SKY OF COUNTREY WHICH IS MADE FOR ARMY PEOPLE ???
    WE POOR PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN SLUTE U ALL.

  276. Kaseem Ahmad says:
    December 29th, 2007 12:07 pm

    That Nawaz Sharif is milking this for all he can, has he no shame!

    The Mullahs of Pakistan are responsible for the death of Benazir and the deaths and hurt of Pakistan, these Mullahs need to be dealt with firmly and without mercy – they will destroy Pakistan…

    We Pakistanis must awake and fight back against those who want to destroy Pakistan.

    And I was a supporter of Nawaz until I saw him use Benazirs martyrdom as his political stool.

  277. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 29th, 2007 12:55 pm

    Anti-mullah elements, get some senses now !!
    stop inciting hatred.

    @ The non-mullahs are directly responsible for
    this stupid murder, the PPP ‘s communists
    know even the names and addresses of the
    murderers.
    Islamists have nothing to polish there, OK?
    have any foggiest clue, then come out with it !!

  278. izaz Haque says:
    December 29th, 2007 1:10 pm

    Ms. Bhutto was Pakistan’s JFK and Lady Diana rolled up in a single personality. She was Camelot incarnate to Pakistani’s in her first term in office. This time around she brought a mature and healing personality to bear on the dying nation. Even Gen. Musharraf must be wondering on the cancerous legacy he brings to his country.

  279. MQ says:
    December 29th, 2007 1:58 pm

    Sometime back we had a post on Munir Niazi by Adil Najam. Benazir’s assassination reminds me of Niazi’s famous lines quoted in that post. I copy them below with a minor change by me in the translation:

    kujh unj we raahwaN aukhiaN san
    kujh gall icch gham da tauq ve see
    kujh shehr dey louk ve zalim sann
    kujh sanouN marran da souq ve see

    Yes, the path I chose was hard
    Yes, there was the noose of grief around my neck
    Yes, the people of this land were also cruel
    But, then, I too wanted to get killed

  280. Muhammad says:
    December 29th, 2007 2:06 pm

    Tragedy indeed, but to wail like that…..pathetic. I feel not a bit sorry for what has happend but my heart aches what people are doing to themselves. It’s nobody’s loss except for your own. Burning the stores/banks/shops/homes, what good will it do.
    All those idiots living under the regime(whether it was BB’s, Nawaz, or Millatary) nothing better happend. Only corruption prospered. If people want to catch the culprit then they need to educate their future generations and stop acting like wild animals let loose in the urban jungle.
    And for the students or the jiala’s of either party PPP or Muslim League or for that matter any party, Stop kissing the leaders ASSES, They are not going to do anything and you can learn it from their past ruling time. They just keep promising and promising. Ask them to become philanthropist. I bet they’ll prefer to be self exiled then to give away that wealth.
    Anyways, One advice for Musharraf. If i were in your place, i would instead of ordering shoot on sight i would round up all the miscreants and have them do community service. You can make new roads, build or correct the sewer system. and i’m pretty sure, by the time these miscreants have paid their debt to society they would wish they had not been a part of that activity. On the other hand they have contributed to the betterness of the country.
    I don’t see any future except the People Of Pakistan Suffer and Suffer. God Bless them. They deserve all of it including myself being from there.

  281. Kaseem Ahmad says:
    December 29th, 2007 5:13 pm

    suicide bombing = mullahs
    inciting hatred = mullahs
    madrassa factories producing unproductive kids = mullahs
    antipakistan = mullahs

    i am not the one inciting anyone, i am just defending, anything happens it usually has a direct line heading back to the political mullahs, they are the enemy of pakistan and hate pakistan and pakistanis – they only want power, AQ and talibanism are simply an expression of pure mullahism,

    mullahs are the one who are responsible not only for the murder of shaheed benazir bhutto but countless deaths right across pakistan.

    this is the real enemy of peace, pakistan and islam

    we should all declare jihad against mullahs and mullahism whether in madrassas, provinces ofr our army that that evil man ziaulhaq (may he rot accursed in hell infested)

  282. meengla says:
    December 29th, 2007 9:26 pm

    I said before that Pakistan seems to have a pretty healthy supply of suicide-bombers-for-hire. They were introduced and nurtured during the days of the so-called Afghan jihad. But it took the motivation of the US invasion of Afghanistan post 9/11 with its subsequent destruction AND the introduction of suicide-for-heaven robots to come to the stage where we are now.
    I found and posted a link (in this blog) from one of Hoodbhoy’s articles from the mid-80s (the height of the anti-Soviet Jihad) where he correctly predicts that the generation of Jihadis raised in Pakistan then will come to their own destructive selves by the turn of the century (year 2000!!!). But I don’t find much other material where Hoodbhoy’s concerns were shared by many others in Pakistan.
    We were lead into the destructive path of Jihad by Uncle and we spinelessly allowed us to be the conduit for Uncle’s revenge against the Soviets for Vietnam. Yes, we were and we ARE a ‘client State’.
    And Pakistani military, starting in the 50s, has always been a very pliant tool for the United States’ regional goals. So any discussion of the internal events of Pakistan, including BB’s murder, cannot be adequately made until the external forces are also factored in.
    In this sense, the ‘political mullahs’ cannot be neutralized until we sort of repent for our sins during the dark years of Zia and realize that we stood mostly silent as our proto-Taliban Zia ul Haq implemented American agenda and ruined Pakistan. Who else bled then except the Bhuttos and their followers?!!

  283. meengla says:
    December 29th, 2007 11:29 pm

    This blog and especially this particular ‘thread’ may bear witness to how we Pakistanis coped with the death of an icon. And I am not going to say that I am being just emotional to call her an icon, glossing over BB’s faults, just because she is dead. Our messages post Oct. 18th attack bear witness to my admiration of BB when many, if not most, were actually accusing HER for the procession through the streets of Karachi. We recorded our voice then and we are going to record our voices again. Hopefully, somewhere, someone, some giant database, records these rants and wailings and so, may in year 2300 AD or so, someone will read the flow of energy through our grey matter. Let us be recorded then!

    In this vein, I’d like to paste a link to an article by Dr. Safdar Mehmood who, I think, is the same person who was the Speaker of ‘Majlis e Shoora’ (‘Iblis ki Shoora’ ‘The parliament of Lucifer’ would be proper, actually) of Gen. Zia ul Haq (the proto-Taliban of Pakistan). Quite a change of heart, if it is the same Dr. Mehmood!

    http://jang.com.pk/jang/dec2007-daily/30-12-2007/col3.htm

  284. Shakil says:
    December 30th, 2007 5:13 am

    27 December is undoubtly the saddest days in the history of Pakistani Politics. She will always be missed.
    Pakistan will never change until a revolutionery mindset emerges from within Pakistani establishment. Until then it is all a battle of titans where poor people will die for nothing.

  285. Fatima Kunduklija, Native Bosnian says:
    December 30th, 2007 9:01 am

    Dear friends – people of Pakistan,

    My heart goes out to you all pakistanis friends on this your- my day of sadness and grief may your future have peace and procperity .

    I am shacked, I cannot beleive that our beloved Benazir Bhutto has gone.

    Benazir Bhutto is national hero, she is Bosnian (Bosnia & Hezegovina) hero. Benazir Bhutto was a mother, a wife, and more than that love of milions of pakistanis, she was mother of all Bosnian children, she was my sister, and Benazir Bhutto was admired, recpected and more than that beloved of all Bosnians.

    When war was boiled in Bosnia , during 1992-1995) and Bosnians were “floating” in the bloodshed, Benazir Bhutto, ONLY, Benazir Bhutto with Tansu Chiller- former and first vomen prime minister of Turkey, was brave and visited Sarajevo- Bosnia. What a brave women.

    I worry for the future of Pakistan for the region and than the world.

    I am sad. I am scared. I am crying.

    Inna-lillahi wa-inna ilahi rajeyown.

    Peace on the EARTH.

  286. Muhammad Ali says:
    December 30th, 2007 9:33 am

    Kisi ki aankh se aanso churak kuch nahen milta munderon se charaghon ko bujho k kuch nahen milta koi aik aadh sapna ho to phir b acha hai hazaron kwabaankon man saja kar kuch nehen milta

  287. Adnan says:
    December 30th, 2007 10:41 am


    Our messages post Oct. 18th attack bear witness to my admiration of BB when many, if not most, were actually accusing

    and your _brave_ BB’s PPP *begged* only Rs.5,000 to family of those KARKUns aka Jiyalays who lost their for your BB.

    reading comments like above, I find no difference between an illetrate and ignorant villager who is ready to give his life for “daughter of Bhutto” and a learned man who earns education in good institute.

  288. KHAN says:
    December 30th, 2007 3:49 pm

    Adnan is actually right about the Army and so-called “religious scholars”… I would just add the name of behroopias like Taqi Usmani and Bin Ladin and Mullah Umar to his list of people who feel comfortable telling otehrs what the religion is about without having any clue… even some posters here (especially Adnan) seems very comfortable pontificating and preaching about their own piety as if they are the new prohets of God. Allah help us from all of them.

  289. Adnan says:
    December 31st, 2007 12:42 am

    @khan saab: i enjoyed how much your mind got stirred. *smirk*-

  290. December 31st, 2007 1:59 am

    initially reported BB as injured, then seriously injured & dead half an hour later. While the government once again called it suicide bombing ( easiest way to forget everything) the fact that there was firing on her first shows there is more to it then what the authorities say. I personally i think its again a Chaudhry planned, ISI sponsored drama as she was becoming too heavy for establishment. One due to her hardcore anti-Taliban views, secondly her animosity towards the Chaudhries of Punjab (who by the way do have some sympathy towards Taliban & were quite prominent in helping Madrassah’s in past, Ejazul-Haq being prominent. It helps them keep the rural Punjab in darkness disallowing education especially for girls). Her trust on USA led her down again. In the end it will be the people of Pakistan paying the price as our leaders continue to repeat history.

    But these are all rants & i am quite confident in assuming they will remain so just like all establishment sponsored acts remained hidden.

    The emergency was recently (at least on paper) removed but from the outlook i smell Martial Law as other reports coming from Karachi & elsewhere are not good. Where we heading for heaven’s sake.

  291. saba benazir says:
    December 31st, 2007 6:10 am

    The mother of nation BENAZIR BHUTTO is still alive in our hearts….

    “HOW MANY BHUTTOS YOU WILL KILL
    BHUTTO WILL BORN IN EVERY HOME”

    “ZINDA HAI BHUTTO ZINDA HAI”

  292. Kamran H. says:
    December 31st, 2007 11:02 am

    Thsi entire debate that has been created about when the shot was fired or the sunroof or whatever is a great bog distratction but what is disturbing is how many people have fallen for it. I am glad this blog is not (like all the others) falling for this silly debate. It is clear that she was killed. It is clear that there was a blast. It is clear that there were shots. It is clear that she is dead. It is clear that the religious terrorists had been threatening to do this. It is clear that the religious terrorists had tried to do this to her and to others (Musharraf, Shaukat Aziz, Sherpao) before. By muddying the question of what actually happened the media is only distracting us from the real issue which is what to do about extremism and violence.

  293. malik says:
    December 31st, 2007 12:40 pm

    Here are few facts.

    1. Every thing living has to taste death.

    2. Date, time and place of death is fixed. It cannot be changed.

    3. After the World war II, UK handed over the reins of global political/terror games to US of A.
    Because the Empire ran out of money.

    4. If you look at the history of the world, you will see US of A behind almost every crisis, in one form or the other, from South America, Asia, Middle east, ….

    5.The leaders of the third world countries are slaves of the rich countries of the world. The North Africans are slaves of France, while many are slaves of US and UK and some of Russia.

    6. These leaders are pawns used and replaced.

    7. Majority of the population is naive and they do not know the games played at global level.

    8. The global strategies are made years in advance and are implemented in years.

    9. A 1998 (the year when the new king of PPP born) BBC documentary, The Quran and the Klashnikov, predicted that Islam will be demonized as there has to be “global threat” to continue the status quo.

    10. The leaders and their supporters/relatives plunder the wealth of the nations. This is a global phenomenon where there is dictators/feudals/kings. They do not remember their death.

  294. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 31st, 2007 12:59 pm

    Malik,

    @ your ten points are so real, with your permission
    I might add 11th point which is :

    11, And USA can find millions of clients for its
    disterous plans to enslave world’s population,
    and all the Pakistani Politicians KNOW THAT.

  295. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 31st, 2007 1:04 pm

    Saba Benazir,

    @ I am sorry, you are absolutely wrong, BB was
    never ” mother of the nation “, there was only one
    Mother of Pakistani Nation and that was

    MOHTAREMA FATIMAH JINNAH

    NO ONE ON EARTH CAN BE GIVEN THIS TITLE.

    No, thank God, not in every home Bhutto will be born,
    No way, Inshallah.

  296. Fan on this blog says:
    December 31st, 2007 10:16 pm

    The power of this blog always amazes me. Today’s THE NEWS reprints tow comments from this blog in its BLOGWATCH section. Comments by S Nasir and by Meengla.

  297. anee says:
    January 1st, 2008 1:57 pm

    aaaaaaaaaaaahhh!!!ms bhutoo”s death..a mere trauma indeed!shatterd our nerves…its da bigest catastrophe dat pakistan had ever seen…she vz a symbol ov pakisatn..
    may her soul rest n peace!!

  298. frooq butt says:
    January 1st, 2008 3:38 pm

    un baliveable.may ALLAH bless her

  299. zia m says:
    January 1st, 2008 5:52 pm

    Rafay,
    You are right about Madr-e-Millat.
    I am sure you won’t have a problem calling BB Dukhtr millat:)

  300. NUDMA says:
    January 3rd, 2008 1:39 am

    ASLAM-O-ALIKUM
    i cant express how much this incident has affected my soul. i really have no idea about the her political issues but one thing i can really admire is that every step taken by her was PAKISTAN building.
    these people who are doing suicide bombing are not even humans and considering them MUSLIMS is a greatest sin. what i think some anti PAKISTAN forces are doing all this to create instability among us . i really wish that all PAKISTANIS again become united as they did 60 years before. try to preach love and humanity and please please condem hatred. inshallah “MUSHKALKHUSHA” will bless us. long live PAKISTAN.

  301. Rai Riaz Hussain says:
    January 3rd, 2008 3:10 am

    biggest tragedy for pakistan after separation of east pakistan

  302. raishal says:
    January 3rd, 2008 5:42 am

    its really very heartrending to think that bb is no more with us .its a great loss of UMAT-E-ISLAM .she was a keen supporter of the muslim world unity like her father . there can be no rainbow without a rain or storm. this murder though it has no tounge will inshalah speak with most miraculous organ. plz pray for the prosperity of pakistan

  303. nida says:
    January 3rd, 2008 5:57 am

    aslam-o-alykum
    though its really hard but we have to believe that this tragedy has been done. now its time to unite coz already many outside forces are successful in their planning to inculcate hatred among us by using our own people. though military hold is not healthy for country but we all can see that only musharaf is the one who has taken the resposibility to fight against these anti peace or ant pakistani people forces in sawat , waziristan, and even in lal masjid.
    which type of ISLAM is this that masajids keep so much rifles, bombs , machine guns etc. our religion is based on dialogue neither on bullet. these tallibans were flourished in zia’s period and were since blackmailing our previous govts for their terrorist activities. but musharaf stood agaist them. may GOD bless him and MOLA help him in achieving his goals for the betterment of PAKISTAN and destroying these choas creating people throughout PAKISTAN. AMEN.

  304. Masroor says:
    January 3rd, 2008 9:43 am

    In Benazir Bhutto

  305. Khosa says:
    January 6th, 2008 12:12 am

    In the words of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

    nisaar mai.n terii galiyo.n ke ae watan, ki jahaa.N
    chalii hai rasm ki koii na sar uThaa ke chale
    jo koii chaahanewaalaa tawaaf ko nikale
    nazar churaa ke chale, jism-o-jaa.N bachaa ke chale

    hai ahl-e-dil ke liye ab ye nazm-e-bast-o-kushaad
    ki sang-o-Khisht muqayyad hai.n aur sag aazaad

    bahot hai.n zulm ke dast-e-bahaanaa-juu ke liye
    jo cha.nd ahl-e-junuu.N tere naam levaa hai.n
    bane hai.n ahl-e-hawas muddaii bhii, mu.nsif bhii
    kise wakiil kare.n, kis se mu.nsifii chaahe.n

    magar guzaranewaalo.n ke din guzarate hai.n
    tere firaaq me.n yuu.N subh-o-shaam karate hai.n

    bujhaa jo rauzan-e-zi.ndaa.N to dil ye samajhaa hai
    ki terii maa.ng sitaaro.n se bhar gaii hogii
    chamak uThe hai.n salaasil to hamane jaanaa hai
    ki ab sahar tere ruKh par bikhar gaii hogii

    Garaz tasavvur-e-shaam-o-sahar me.n jiite hai.n
    giraft-e-saayaa-e-diwaar-o-dar me.n jiite hai.n

    yuu.N hii hameshaa ulajhatii rahii hai zulm se Khalq
    na unakii rasm naii hai, na apanii riit naii
    yuu.N hii hameshaa khilaaye hai.n hamane aag me.n phuul
    na unakii haar naii hai na apanii jiit naii

    isii sabab se falak kaa gilaa nahii.n karate
    tere firaaq men ham dil buraa nahii.n karate

    Gar aaj tujhase judaa hai.n to kal baham ho.nge
    ye raat bhar kii judaaii to koii baat nahii.n
    Gar aaj auj pe hai taala-e-raqiib to kyaa
    ye chaar din kii Khudaaii to koii baat nahii.n

    jo tujhase ahd-e-wafaa ustavaar rakhate hai.n
    ilaaj-e-gardish-e-lail-o-nihaar rakhate hai.n

    Benazir may have been shot: Musharraf WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (AFP) – President Pervez Musharraf has admitted for the first time that opposition leader Benazir Bhutto may have been shot by a gunman, but said she bore responsibility for her death. Musharraf told the US television network CBS in an interview that the former prime minister should not have stood up in her car as she left a rally.

  306. Aik Dewana says:
    January 6th, 2008 3:57 am
  307. ALI says:
    January 11th, 2008 2:25 am

    i think it will come out to be the new and successful age for pakistan as “the most corrupt woman in the world titled by medeline albright has been elemintated”.
    i think it very strange to discuss a woman as leader as we people are fanatic about wicked People and dont care about UMAHAT-UL-MOMINEEN

    curse on muslims of pakistan who are still backing Bhutto as she is a renowned corrupt polititian in the world.

  308. meengla says:
    January 16th, 2008 7:09 pm

    http://www.alternet.org/story/71765/

    is how at least a part of American ‘Left’ (whatever is left of it anyway) reacted to the news of BB’s murder. Please see the Comments in above link.

  309. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    January 19th, 2008 8:08 pm

    @ They have arrested 5 people involved in BB murders
    the one who shoot at her, but to me he was blasted with
    bomb himself, whats now ?? and they known to have admitted but ” not officially confirmed by IG ”

    Ik muamma hon, ne samajhnay ka na samjhanay ka

  310. January 20th, 2008 1:14 pm

    Ye bazi khoon ki bazi hai,
    wo kitni bazi haarein ge,
    har ghar se BHUTTO nikle ga,
    wo kitne BHUTTO maarein ge.

  311. sardar khalid ahmed rajpot says:
    January 21st, 2008 3:44 am

    pakistan government is involve in kill the benazer bhutto..
    i have sad of pppp…i will be voter of pppp till death

  312. sardar khalid ahmed rajpot says:
    January 21st, 2008 3:47 am

    in the end benazer wrote letter to her friend that president want to kill me…why pakistan president refusing inquiry from UNO?its means government involve…..

  313. meengla says:
    January 29th, 2008 4:44 pm

    At last, an article from Aitzaz Ahsan about Benazir Bhutto.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=93477
    —————————————————————–
    The Benazir I know: gone but living

    Tuesday, January 29, 2008
    Aitzaz Ahsan

    The writer is a former interior minister and president of the Supreme Court Bar Association

    “The first thing I want to do is to release all political prisoners” she announced as our meeting on November 30, 1988 began at Dr Zafar Niazi’s house in Islamabad. In the elections held after the death of General Zia, the PPP, despite all efforts of the agencies, had succeeded in the elections. After failing to prop up any rival, President Ghulam Ishaq had finally agreed that very day to accept her as Prime Minister of Pakistan.

    The historic meeting of PPP leadership was being held to set top priorities of Bibi’s first government. It was here as the Prime Minister designate that she showed her metal. So far her life and emotions had been premised on the bitter fact that her dearest father had been deposed, imprisoned, humiliated, falsely charged, hanged and then buried without due ceremony. But she brought to that meeting only her winning smile and the undiluted optimism of a political idealist.

    Zia had left behind a large number of political prisoners and convicts of military courts. Each had been denied due process. Releasing them, she said, was going to be her number one priority.

    What pledge should we make to ourselves? she asked. “That we must ensure press freedom”, I suggested. “For anything that it may print?” she asked. “Yes, for anything. We must set a precedent,” I said. And she agreed at once, excited that it was a good idea.

    Next day I was sworn in as her Interior Minister. In that capacity, I received countless recommendations to prosecute this or that publication. I turned down each of these even when our government was brutally and deliberately slandered.

    Once a cabinet colleague complained to her that I was not prosecuting publications for false propaganda against her husband Asif Zardari. “But Malik Sahib,” she retorted, “we have pledged to allow full freedom to the media. We will have to bear with it.” Then she turned to me and asked: “Is there anything that can be done without the government getting involved?” “Yes,” I replied. “Asif should file a civil suit for damages in his personal capacity.” And so it was that Mr Asif Zardari, husband of a serving Prime Minister had the grace to file a private civil suit for damages as an ordinary litigant.

    That is what she was. At once humane and proper. How can I recount in such as short piece, all aspects of a life lived to such fullness particularly when I have worked so close to her during her life? Even books will fail to do justice. Presently only a few instances establishing her more prominent qualities must suffice. One was fortitude.

    Between 1990 and 1993 there were as many as 18 prosecutions against her and her husband Asif Zardari. Both were also slandered and defamed. I had publicly promised to turn these prosecutions “from the trial of Mohtrama into the trial of Ishaq Khan”. In the end, they were both acquitted in all those cases, with her husband bravely facing adversity and she standing by him like a rock. She had the fortitude to bear the designed torment aimed at her by the notorious regime of Jam Sadiq Ali in Sindh.

    Never will I forget that one day in 1992 when I entered the outer gate of Landhi Jail to defend Asif in a trial being conducted inside the jail itself. There she was, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, carrying two young infants, Bilawal and Bakhtawar, in her arms, and sitting on a pile of bricks. I was furious and immediately went to the Jail Superintendent. But she calmed me down saying that she had learnt not to expect any decency from the jail staff. After all, she herself had remained imprisoned for five years as a young girl.

    Through all her trials and tribulations, she demonstrated amazing charm and stamina. When she came to stay with us in Gujrat in December 1986, she arrived at 3 am on that freezing December night having traveled a full 10 hours from Lahore, but she sat up chatting with Bushra for another one hour with Zaynab, our youngest, in her lap. Early in the morning she was up, fresh as a flower, all ready to meet local party officials.

    She kept punishing schedules and was the only politician who had toured the entire Pakistan, city by city, town by town, village by village and hamlet by hamlet at least five times. She knew the party workers by face and the towns by the streets.

    And through it all she remained a model of womanhood at its most sublime. While being the most hardworking, hands-on, leading politician of the country, she was unabashedly feminine at the same time. In this intolerant and male dominated country, she refused to be uncomfortable about her womanhood. She gave birth to her first child in the middle of 1988 election campaign and another child while she was the first woman Prime Minister of Muslim Pakistan.

    Then there was her courage. She was afraid of nothing. I was on her truck at the time of the blast of 18 October. Next morning when I met her she was in her normal routine. I did not know that I was seeing her for the last time. When I sought her leave to return to Lahore for my Supreme Court Bar elections, she said “It will be a landslide in your favour. Good luck. And thanks for being here.” When I was withdrawing from the parliamentary contest I sent word to her and she consulted me, through Senator Safdar Abbasi on my choice for my substitute. She accepted the choice. But I was arrested the day after my election as President SCBA and denied permission even to attend the funeral or soyem of the one who believed in freeing political prisoners and the media, and in politics of non-violence.

    As a political leader she could organize and mobilize the biggest political organization in Pakistan, set the political agenda, make millions of ordinary people dream the greatest dreams for this land and yes, in fair elections, win elections too. She could do all that. But what she could not tackle were certain self-appointed guardians of the state, who refused to allow people the right to solve their problems themselves and who harassed, hounded, threatened and conspired against her. They did not permit her a fair shot at the democratic game because they knew that she would win, not by breaking the constitution or at gun point but through the sheer will of ordinary people who are supposed to be sovereign. Even on the last day of her life, her foremost concern was not how to win the elections but how to prevent them from being rigged. I wonder if people understand that in this lies a tragedy, not only for Bibi, but for this nation.

    Many sincere analysts questioned the integrity of her politics. They did not understand that after facing conspiracy after conspiracy, Bibi was forced to factor painful ground realities in her decision-making, always striving to achieve one day her true political ideals.

    This fundamental question may indeed be addressed through another question: Why, during the 30 years from 1977, when an elected and popular Prime Minister was ousted at gun point to the date when Bibi lost her life to another gun, the total period for which she, the most popular political leader, was allowed to govern the country was three times less than the time that Chaudhry Shujaat’s party remained in power? The real source of this country’s problems may be revealed by the answer. In kowtowing to the civil and military bureaucracy there is a premium. He and his ilk can do it. She could not. They survive. She had to be eliminated.

    One cannot help wondering why our establishment that claims to be obsessed with maintaining the federation, could not bring itself to see in Bibi that glorious human chain that kept all four provinces together, and as an asset and an ally instead of a foe.

    Above all else I will remember her for three qualities: a constant urge to reach out to her people, a willingness to take on Herculean challenges, and for her ability to forgive, even embrace, her enemies. These three qualities made her superhuman. And all three took her to her tragic, yet heroic death.

    All I can now say is: ‘Bibi it is an honour to have worked for you and with you. The Himalayas wept the death of your father. The world weeps for you.’

  314. azfar says:
    January 30th, 2008 5:47 am

    the sad and tragic death of ms bhutto is a great loss to pakistani people,politics and to the whole world.she was a great woman and leader.her killers are the most worse people of the world.we will miss her alot.

  315. January 31st, 2008 12:54 am

    I am from Rawalpindi, and visited the place where you was assassinated, that place pictures a tomb, with flowers, portraits and banners of her, people praying in front of her photo.and strangely, the place is in fornt of Stage hall.
    She was really a Peoples Leader.

  316. meengla says:
    January 31st, 2008 8:25 pm

    @Political Blog,
    Thanks for sharing your first hand account.

    In contrast, I (and probably most other in this Blogspace) remember the funeral of Zia ul Haq. To gain the maximum political milageage (but ostensibly to have a ‘proper State Funeral’), Zia’s burial was postponed against Islamic rules. Many came. Some say 500,000. Many did out of grief, no doubt. But it was also a well orchestrated event where our would be Amir -ul-Mominoon (Nawaz Sharif) vowed to continue Zia’s ‘mission’ (whipping and hanging in public, I hope not!). But I digress.
    In contrast remember the funeral of ZAB. In the dead of night. There is only one picture of that ‘Namaz e Janaza’ that I am aware of.
    In contrast the funeral Benazir Bhutto. The State of Pakistan was absent. But the people of Pakistan were present, from Karachi to Khyber.
    Truly, the people of Pakistan are not so easy to be fooled, contrary to the elitist leanings of the expat and the so-called educated communities of Pakistan. The people of would want their real leaders, however flawed, versus the hoisted ‘leaders’. Today Zia’s son can best hope to win 1-2 seats. Musharraf’s son will probably never settle down in Pakistan (no fault of Bilal Musharraf though), and who speaks of Gen. Yahya anyway? Ayub Khan’s son is a hanger-on for semi-elected regimes. But ‘Bhuttos’ live on because they let themselves to die and that, in the Information Age, gets noticed pretty quickly.

  317. ENGR MOHSIN ALI WARAR GHOTKI says:
    February 13th, 2008 3:25 am

    I M BROADCAST ENGR IN PRIVATE TV CHANNEL..I AM IN MEDIA I AM REQUESTING U THAT PLEASE VOTE TO PPPP OTHERWISE PAKISTAN WILL DISTRIBUTE IN 4 PART SO PLZ VOTE TO PPPP..AND SUCCESS TO SARDAR FIAZ AHMED KHAN LUND,BABER KHAN LUND AND ALL PPPP MEMBERS IN PAKISTAN

  318. aroosa says:
    February 19th, 2008 8:21 am

    Benazir Bhutto your the best why did you die for i am still rememdering

  319. AROOSA says:
    February 19th, 2008 8:28 am

    ASLAMUALEYKUM MIS BHUTTO I THINK U WERE A REALY NICE PRIMINSTER AND I HOPE ALLAH (SWT) GIVES U A PLACE IN JANAAT. AMEN

    ALLAH HAFIZ JANAAT AAP KI KISMAT MEIN HO!

  320. aruj says:
    February 19th, 2008 1:12 pm

    i feel so sad for what has happened and hopefully the guy who shot benzir will burn in hell. may she rest in peace.

  321. nudma says:
    February 26th, 2008 11:32 am

    though PPP has got majority but my eyes drop a continuous
    chain of tears when i realize that the great leader has gone. what is party without a leader!!!! i know that PPP cant do that bibi could but i can only pray at this moment that may Allah give us strength to bear this tragedy and PPP members an urge to be the actual followers of their superb leader.
    i know she is in heaven coz such people that are praised even by their enemies are the blessed ones . what i can for u BIBI is that i’ll soon compile a book in your name to show this nation a real picture of you. inshallah.

  322. zia m says:
    February 26th, 2008 12:57 pm

    She must be smiling down on Pakistanis from heaven.She sacrificed her life to accomplish her mission.
    Her legacy is …Benazir

  323. aroosa says:
    March 5th, 2008 8:27 am

    the sad and tragic death of ms bhutto is a great loss to pakistani people,politics and to the whole world.she was a great woman and leader.her killers are the most worse people of the world.we will miss her alot.
    and i know that the dog haram khore mushraff killed you i wish he rots in hell ….

  324. March 11th, 2008 7:24 am

    One may differ with her approach to politics, her dealing with the ‘establishment’ and US (one and the same thing, wrong?) but one has to admit that she was a leader in her own right, Was! just not feel like saying this for such a vibrant leader, seen living all around just the other day! Tragic. Most unfortunate is the fact that none of the politically motivated assassinations were ever resolved, be it Liaqat Ali Khan or JFK. One person doesn’t seem to be missing her much rather looks happy if one notices his smile showing all 32 teeth.

  325. April 18th, 2008 9:15 pm

    asak,

    I live in the US but was in Karachi the day this happened. In fact, I had flown in that day after 11 years. It was a tragic event but very eye opening for me as I listened to my family debate the politics of the Bhutto family. I was quite surprised to see such a diversity in ideas, since it had been clear to me that Bhutto was not indeed good for the country as shown by her previous reign and her actions during that time. It is interesting how it is ALWAYS difficult to really learn the truth about any political leader as there is never a most “reliable” source.

  326. Muzammil says:
    May 11th, 2008 10:33 am

    Benazir Bhutto was outstanding personalty

  327. Muzammil Sami Brohi says:
    May 11th, 2008 10:41 am

    Pakistan miss the Benzir Bhutto very very much
    Ladies like her are pride of the nation.

  328. May 14th, 2008 6:06 pm

    oh she was great, from her face it shoes that she will change the fortune of pakistan, but unfortunatly she is not with us. she was the only brave leader she didn’t care her self and came pakistan so save it, no one leader can do like her, she will always be live like her father zulfi bhutto, my God bless them.Oh really were great leaders of all times.

  329. May 24th, 2008 3:17 pm

    Miss BENAZIR BHUTTO was a magneficent lady .she was the symbol of DEMOCRACY as many of her lover’s say’s seems to be true . daughter of a hero died like hero’s leaving the nation mourning in grief .the great leaders like her are born in centuries it is the biggest un fortunate of pakistan to lose her .

  330. aroosa says:
    June 9th, 2008 5:39 am

    to mrs bhutto

    In contrast, I (and probably most other in this Blogspace) remember the funeral of Zia ul Haq. To gain the maximum political milageage (but ostensibly to have a

  331. meengla says:
    June 12th, 2008 11:53 am

    Hey Aroosa,
    I think at ‘June 9th, 2008 5:39 am ‘ you have a long quote from me! Anyway, I appreciate your appreciation of Benazir Bhutto.
    Meengla

  332. nda says:
    June 16th, 2008 5:01 am

    sad. very sad , bad for her good for others , rest in heavens………

  333. Bunda says:
    June 16th, 2008 5:04 am

    ALLAH IS GREAT

  334. Action Queen says:
    June 24th, 2008 6:09 am

    Mr Bilawal , I hope and I pray that you will be a different leader. The leader who is endued with the qualities which Pakistan need, the people of Pakistan need, our freedom, our land and even our souls need. Please do think of poor people before taking any decision. Always do good and inshallah you will have good. Take care of yourself and Good Luck

  335. arusa says:
    October 7th, 2008 4:40 am

    hi mis bhutto i hope you rest in peace. your husband is taking you place in politics and in a few years it will be misharuff taking your place but i wish he expires before that day comes so then i will take your place so chill and rest in peace also i wont die so early like you did hahhaha i will rule pakistan … your best friend aroosa ahmed

  336. Dr Zammad Chishti says:
    October 13th, 2008 11:53 pm

    Another great loss to Pakistan. We lost another Bhutto. Benazir Bhutto, the symbol of Democracy is not among us anymore. May her soul rest in Peace. We are an unfortunate nation to lose Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and then Benazir Bhuttto. Quote of Benazir few months before she was killed….”Whether or not the rulers allow me to take part in the elections, I will return home at any cost, not for the reason that I want to become prime minister…. (but because) I owe to the nation to fulfil my pledge I have made to it.

  337. meengla says:
    December 27th, 2008 6:11 pm

    One year later, I can still get angry at her: Why the hell did you even want to go back to the hellhole of Pakistani security situation when you could have just enjoyed your supposed $1.5 BILLION(!!) in any other place in the world? Wasn’t 18th October 2008 carnage enough, in case you thought of otherwise before landing in Pakistan?

    And now, Asif Ali Zardari is on a death row. Leave that country. Let those, who have championed ‘patriotism’ since 1977, take care of this country. Haven’t they done a great job? In 1977 Pakistanis would have killed each other with knives or occasional pistols. But thanks to the patriotic untouchable khakis, by 1988 they were using AK-47. And thanks to another patriotic khaki today they kill each other using RDX, suicide-bombers-for-rent, IEDs….

    So Mr. Zardari. You and your party will always be a ‘security risk’ to these khakis and their patriotic elite supporters. Better enjoy your supposed $1.5 BILLION in NYC/London than to leave your young kids without any parents.

    Already there are rumblings for a ‘coup’ by General Kyani; he is the actual final arbitrator in Pakistan anyway. So it is better for the ‘corrupt Mr. 10%’ to just leave while he can so that these khakis and their ‘patriotic’ urban Punjab supporters can take Pakistan to new heights.

  338. June 3rd, 2009 11:13 am

    Date : June 3, 2009, Wednesday.

    UNO investigations of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination

    United Nation Organization is holding inquiry of the assassination case of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. This topic is under discussion by the political persons in Pakistan nowadays.
    They are trying to lodge FIR at police station. The FIR (First Information Report) of the assassination has not yet been lodged by any person of the Bhutto family at the concerned police station in Islamabad even passing about 18 months. Mumtaz Ali Bhutto, the uncle of Benazir Bhutto released a press statement in media a few days ago that he would lodge the FIR of the case soon. But he still has not been lodged the police report. Yesterday, another press release was issued by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz group’s office that PML-N would lodge the FIR of this case. An FIR from the State (Government of Pakistan) was lodged against unknown persons within a couple of weeks after the date of the incident i.e; December 27, 2007. Although in my opinion there is no need to lodge FIR in this case after passing a very long time of 523 days exactly from the date of the incident. The Scotland Yard police team had already investigated the case and published its detailed report in this regard. This Investigation or Inquiry Report can be helpful for assisting the UNO inquiry in the case.
    The husband or the son of Benazir Bhutto has also not yet registered case against the offender or the guilty party. United Nation Organization had accepted the application of the Government of Pakistan for holding inquiry of the case. The Secretary General UNO Banki_moon himself announced to complete the inquiry of the case within six months when he visited Pakistan this year. Six months are about to be passed and it is being hoped that within a couple of months the inquiry report of UNO will be released and published. Actually in my opinion, the assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was also associated with the inaccurate planning of the Election Campaign of Pakistan Peoples Party and the incident was taken place because of the security lapse by police and the other security agencies. Karsaz bomb blasts incident was already occurred in the welcome ceremony of Benazir Bhutto in Karachi where hundreds of PPP workers were killed (assassinated) in October 2007. Realizing the worst situation of law and order, the party leadership of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) would become conscious but they did not care of the lawlessness in the country. They aired, released and got published the twelve days advanced schedule of the Election Campaign Public Meetings from December 16 to December 27, 2007 for different cities at different dates starting from Larkana, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Nawabshah. I was then working as the Sub-Editor/Reporter in Associated Press of Pakistan and was based at Nawbshah by our Government News Agency APP. Benazir Bhutto came to Nawabshah for addressing the Election Campaign’s Public Gathering on December 19, 2007. There was a strict security system was developed by the PPP workers and by the police officials at Nawabshah which I saw when I went to get press coverage of that public meeting. But on the eighth day after her visit to Nawabshah I became very sad and mentally shocked to listen the heartbreaking news on electronic media on December 27, 2009 evening that Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had been assassinated after holding the public meeting at Liaqat Park Rawalpindi. I became much mentally disturbed and could not sleep for many days and nights after her assassination. Even I could not work properly in the reporting section during my duty hours. I started to think regularly for the Bhutto family’s assassinations. The judicial killing of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1979, the extra judicial killing of Shaheed Murtaza Bhutto (the son of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto) in Karachi and now the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. That was the reason that I was terminated from my job on April 22, 2008. I got my treatment from psychiatrist. I felt myself as a completely fit person when I passed the Web and Internet based test for the post of High School Teacher (HST) held on April 24, 2009 in my district. It was a very tough and difficult test that among thousands of the male and female candidates in my district only six males including me and five females had been secured 60% or more marks and announced as qualified for the post of HST. I secured 64% marks in the test and was on top second position on the test result list on the University Testing Centre Website. I prayed to God that I would be again now join the government job after much mental and economic disturbance due to the assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

    By Masood Ahmed Bazmi Malik Qadri,
    M.A Economics, B.Sc, B.Ed, LLB-I, Associate Engineer in Electrical, Postgraduate Degrees holder in Islamic Law, Islamic Jurisprudence, Hadith and Tafseer Quran.
    ?A free lance web journalist from House No.2107/59, Budhal Shah Colony, Taluka Nawabshah, Shaheed Benazeerabad District, Province of Sindh, Pakistan.

  339. June 4th, 2009 9:15 am

    Date : June 4, 2009, Thursday

    Benazir Bhutto’s inquiry by UNO

    The Inquiry Commission of United Nation Organization constituted by the Secretary General UNO Ban Ki Moon is investigating the assassination case of Benazir Bhutto nowadays. The officials of the commission are authorized to collect the evidence and related records from anywhere in the world. France is also taking interest in the case. Shahnawaz Bhutto, the one of the brothers of Martyred Benazir Bhutto was also slain in France. Hence France is also involved in the case. The father of Benazir Bhutto, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was killed to hang by the military dictator General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq the then Chief Marshal Law Administrator Pakistan. All the political parties declare this killing as Judicial killing because the orders were passed unjustifiably and indefensibly by a Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on some pressure by the Marshal Law authorities. Other brother Murtaza Bhutto was killed in
    Karachi Pakistan when Benazir Bhutto was herself working as the Prime Minister Pakistan. These two major killings are said to be the “State Killings” and prove that there is no security or no law in Pakistan for the persons of Bhutto family or for the high level leadership of Pakistan Peoples Party. Pakistan’s Army was directly involved in the case of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto because it was the Marshal Law tenure of the government. Pakistan army is taking military actions against the terrorists in Tribal areas, FATA, PATA and NWFP province for the arrest of local Taliban leaders. The innocent millions of people of these areas have left their homes and have been shifted in refugee camps. They were experiencing the hours of curfew by army to stay in their homes continuously for several weeks because these areas were completely in control of Pakistan Army. When they finished their food items they left the areas and shifted into refugee camps set up by the government in different peaceful cities in the country. Inter Services Public Relation Department of Pakistan Army has issued a press release recently that the military operation will be continued further for two months at least in these areas. This current scenario is actually related to the Mega Terrorism Activity of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. 67 suicidal attacks were made in different parts of Pakistan during 2008. More than 1000 innocent people were killed and 2400 were injured in these bomb blast and suicidal attack incidents. 540 incidents of kidnap for ransom were observed in the country. 1016 suicidal attacks were took place in NWFP province in 2008 out of those 37 were proved suicidal attacks. 961 people were killed in these attacks and 1698 were injured. 186 persons were got released from illegal police custody in Pakistan in 2008 out of them 119 persons were got released from Lahore only. 237 persons were sentenced to capital punishment and 36 were hanged in 2008. Last week Iran has hanged three persons in public within three days after the incident of bomb blast terrorism in a mosque where 15 innocent persons were killed. But in Pakistan even after passing several years no offender of the terrorism activities have been hanged publicly. There is very terrible and shocking condition of Human Rights in Pakistan on account of terrorism activities. In my opinion, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated due to security lapse, lawlessness and the presence of foreign Taliban leaders in the country.

    By Masood Ahmed Bazmi Malik Qadri,
    M.A Economics, B.Sc, B.Ed, LLB-I, Associate Engineer in Electrical, Postgraduate Degrees holder in Islamic Law, Islamic Jurisprudence, Hadith and Tafseer Quran.
    ?A free lance web journalist from House No.2107/59, Budhal Shah Colony, Taluka Nawabshah, Shaheed Benazeerabad District, Province of Sindh, Pakistan.

  340. June 4th, 2009 9:17 am

    June 4, 2009, Thursday

    Bin Laden’s new audio message on Obama’s Middle East visit

    Al-Qaida has released new audio message of Osama Bin Laden to the Muslim world on the occasion of the start of President Obama’s visit to Middle East. Saudi King Shah Abdullah Bib Abdul Aziz has rejected and condemned this audio message. Muslim world also rejected this audio message released with the old file video footage. Most of the Muslim world people think that this is a fake and false message. The slain former Prime Minister Pakistan Benazir Bhutto said in her interview that Osama was killed in an attack of coalition forces. I think that it was a true statement of Benazir Bhutto. The latest audio voice of Osama Bin Laden might be recorded by any other person or an audio cassette may be recorded containing various general messages to be used at different times after the death of a leader. The party workers of Benazir Bhutto also recorded her speeches and addresses made at different occasions in public meetings. They often use to hear these messages for getting guidance. If most famous and prestigious leader of the Muslim world King Abdullah has rejected this audio with file footage video drama released for threatening the world means the whole of Muslim world or the majority of Muslim world do not believe such intimidating and frightening recordings. This activity of Al-Qaida proves that the Al-Qaida leadership is very depressed especially on the occasion of Obama’s visit to Middle East. They know that Obama wishes and determines to resolves the issues of the Muslim world in this region sincerely. Al-Qaida has released the Bin Laden message to create disturbance during this process and to motivate the attention of the Muslim world towards them. But now Muslims want peace and harmony not only in the region but in whole of the world. I request the people of the world to not believe such fake and false threatening video or audio messages released by Al-Qaida or by any other extremist group.

    By Masood Ahmed Bazmi Malik Qadri,
    M.A Economics, B.Sc, B.Ed, LLB-I, Associate Engineer in Electrical, Postgraduate Degrees holder in Islamic Law, Islamic Jurisprudence, Hadith and Tafseer Quran.
    ?A free lance web journalist from House No.2107/59, Budhal Shah Colony, Taluka Nawabshah, Shaheed Benazeerabad District, Province of Sindh, Pakistan.

  341. June 5th, 2009 8:38 am

    Indian President’s Address to Parliament

    Indian President Pratibha Patil offered to reshape ties with Pakistan. She decided this at very right time and replied to the Pakistani Foreign Minister to hold talks again with India. Pakistan also wishes to establish peace in the region and is taking action against the militants and extremists in Pakistan. Indian President addressing to the joint sitting of the parliament’s two houses etched out a plan to improve connectivity between Kashmir and rest of India. She offered to hold talks with any group in Kashmir. She also said, “India has a vital interest in the stability and prosperity of our neighbors.” She said, “The highest priority will be accorded to working with our friends in SAARC to promote stability, development and prosperity in the region. Government will sincerely work with our neighbors to ensure that outstanding issues are addressed and the full potential of our region is realized.” Indian President is looking serious in solving Kashmir problem with Pakistan. Pakistan should get benefit of her these words said in the joint parliament sitting of the newly established Indian government.

    By Masood Ahmed Bazmi Malik Qadri,
    M.A Economics, B.Sc, B.Ed, LLB-I, Associate Engineer in Electrical, Postgraduate Degrees holder in Islamic Law, Islamic Jurisprudence, Hadith and Tafseer Quran.
    ?A free lance web journalist from House No.2107/59, Budhal Shah Colony, Taluka Nawabshah, Shaheed Benazeerabad District, Province of Sindh, Pakistan.

  342. June 5th, 2009 8:39 am

    June 5, 2009, Friday

    Extremism in Pakistan and India

    Pakistan and India both have been facing the terrorism and extremism from their first day of the Independence. Mahatma Gandhi was slain after one year of the existence of India. The extremism activities after 9/11 open another chapter of the world history. But the first Prime Minister Pakistan Liaqat Ali Khan was also martyred at the same Liaqat Park Islamabad before 9/11 2001, where the former Prime Minister and Chairperson Pakistan Peoples Party Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. Indian Prime Ministers Indra Gandhi and Rajev Gandhi were also slain before 9/11 incident. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, his sons Murtaza Bhutto and Shahnawaz Bhutto were also slain before 9/11. Muslims were started to be blamed as terrorists and extremists globally after September 11, 2001. Pakistan is very much determined to nip the evil of extremism and terrorism from the bud and taking keen interest. In the start, Pakistan was agreed to provide help to the invading coalition forces in Afghanistan to get rid of Taliban government from Afghanistan. Taliban government was removed from Afghanistan and Hamid Karzai was elected as the President. Karzai has completed his first tenure and is now ready to be elected again in upcoming Afghan elections in August 2009. Pakistan government even after completing its 16 months continued the Military operations in NWFP province and Tribal areas. Millions of refugees internally displaced their homes and were shifted to refugee camps as a result of fight between extremists and army. Hundreds of militants and dozens of army officials have lost their lives in this fight. Washington strongly supported the military action in Pakistan. Many Islamic extremist organizations were banned in Pakistan during a few last years. Jamat-u-Dawah was banned by Pakistan government on the request of UNO. Operation Ghazi was carried out against the Islamic extremists and militants in Lal Masjid and Jamea-Hifsa in Islamabad. The officials of rangers, police and army were killed while on the other side 94 Islamic extremists were killed including Ghazi Abdul Rasheed and his family. Today’s latest news is the arrest of Sufi Muhammad with his two sons. I salute Pakistan Army and wish that it will be succeeded to maintain peace and eliminate extremist militants from Pakistan this year. I pray, may God bless Pakistan Army His support!

    By Masood Ahmed Bazmi Malik Qadri,
    M.A Economics, B.Sc, B.Ed, LLB-I, Associate Engineer in Electrical, Postgraduate Degrees holder in Islamic Law, Islamic Jurisprudence, Hadith and Tafseer Quran.
    ?A free lance web journalist from House No.2107/59, Budhal Shah Colony, Taluka Nawabshah, Shaheed Benazeerabad District, Province of Sindh, Pakistan.

  343. June 8th, 2009 9:03 am

    June 8, 2009, Monday
    26 political workers have been killed during last 48 hours in Karachi and other parts of Sindh. 7 were from MQM Altaf Hussain’s group. Prime Minister Pakistan has taken serious notice. List of 10 terrorists and extremists have been handed over to the security agencies to arrest them alive or killed.

  344. July 6th, 2009 9:00 am

    July 06, 2009, Monday

    PML-Q would soon be merged with PML-N

    Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) group is nowadays in crisis. Before October 12, 1999, all the present leaders of PML-Q were with the former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and were the key leaders of PML-N. Now without merging to each other the both political parties PML-Q and PML-N are working as the provincial parties of Punjab Province. Both parties have lost their majority in all the four provinces and in Azad Kashmir too. In this situation, the parliament has no balanced opposition in National Assembly and in the Senate of Pakistan. It is why that there is a slow process of law making in the parliament’s both houses. Strong opposition always makes strong policies and laws. So it is my personal opinion that soon both major groups of Pakistan Muslim League would think to emerge again for the restoration of original and actual democracy in Pakistan. The name of PML-N and PML-Q should also be changed to Muttahida Muslim League (MML) so that the other all groups of PML would be able to join this MML to strengthen Muslim League.

    By Masood Ahmed Bazmi Malik Qadri,
    M.A Economics, B.Sc, B.Ed, LLB-I, Associate Engineer in Electrical, Postgraduate Degrees holder in Islamic Law, Islamic Jurisprudence, Hadith and Tafseer Quran.
    ?A Free Lance Web (Internet) Journalist from House No.2107/59, Budhal Shah Colony, Taluka Nawabshah, Shaheed Benazeerabad District, Province of Sindh, Pakistan.

  345. Irfan Johri says:
    October 20th, 2009 10:42 pm

    WHAT’S WRONG WITH PAKISTANI SYSTEM, A LEADER WAS MURDERED AND TILL TO DATE NO CASE REGISTERED, NO INQUIRY HELD EVEN THE GOVERNMENT POSITIONS ARE HELD BY PPP, MAY BE PEOPLE IN POWER ARE INVOLVED. I FEEL SORRY FOR PAKISTANI PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO ONE TO LISTEN EXCEPT ALLAH.

  346. Jamshed says:
    March 7th, 2010 12:06 am

    Yes,it was a tragedy.But the violence that erupted in the immediate aftermath was equally shocking.So many lives were lost and private property worth billions was destroyed.What was the crime of the people who lost so much in the violence ?

  347. April 12th, 2010 12:48 am

    we always love to the great leader and remember her in our soul…..
    EVENT MANAGER

  348. javid says:
    May 7th, 2010 7:08 am

    Mush is 100 times to be blamed he was in power

  349. Asim says:
    March 14th, 2011 6:06 pm

    I wonder what BB will make of her party and what it is doing today!

  350. JAWAD says:
    April 23rd, 2011 11:23 pm

    I AM VERY IMPESS THE PARSNALITY OF BIBI.HE WAS VERY GOOD POLITITION WOMAN.MUJAY AJ BE UN KA WORD YAAD HAI.JAWAD U KEEP IT.I LIKE

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