Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination: An International Outpouring of Shock

Posted on December 28, 2007
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Whatever her opponents may think of her, Benazir Bhutto was a most recognized and much-loved international figure. An icon in the best sense of the word. The shock of her death – and the manner of her death – was not confined to Pakistan. As comments on our earlier post suggests, in that moment, the entire world stopped in its tracks. It was not just the most tragic of moments, but also a most historic moment.

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These are the pictures of the front pages from just a few newspapers from across the United States and across the world. They are but a fraction of the hundreds, possibly thousands, of newspaper front pages that mourned her death. They make a fitting tribute to a woman who served twice as Pakistan’s Prime Minister, but was also a global citizen in heart and in spirit.

Regular readers of ATP know our fascination with newspaper front pages, which we feature often as pictures in our political posts. But credit for this fine collection goes to the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) who have featured this collection (ATP added a few images) on SAJA Forum. My gratitude to them for this, please do visit the SAJA page where you can click on each of the front pages images for more detail in them. Additional images of international newspapers were found at another wonderful post here.

65 responses to “Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination: An International Outpouring of Shock”

  1. Semal says:

    This is a type of shock I could hardly believe of….I was just shaken and to add more, the people put so much harm to the country in the name of grief..To read abt the adiminstrative failures after Benazir’s death, plz have a look at:

    http://www.chowrangi.com/administrative-failure-af ter-benazir-bhuttos-assassination.html

  2. Musalmaan says:

    So, My derest Maulvi Rafay Kashmiri, if you are right then you are saying that the Mullahs are not targeted because they have all these qualities, which means you are saying that the people who are committing these murders (of Benazir plus other murders in bombings) are actually people who also respect these values… i.e., that these bombings and murders ARE DONE BY MULLAHS THEMSELVES.

    THANK YOU RAFAY KASHMIRI FOR ACCEPTING AND CONFESSING THAT YOUR MULLAHS ARE BEHIND ALL THESE BOMBINGS AND MURDERS. I have never before heard a Mullah confess to his crimes so I am impressed by your honesty. At least there is one honest Mullah. Unfortaunately, only one!

  3. Rafay Kashmiri says:

    @Kaseem Ahmed

    Mullah are not victims of blast because
    a. they don’t belong to colonial class
    b. they are not as corrupt as BB
    c. they are respected not worshipped.
    d. they are faithfull Pakistanis
    e. they speak national languages very good.
    f. they are not corruptible “Roshan Khayal ”
    made in USA or UK.
    g. they are serious simple practicing muslims
    (some of them might be special)
    h. they have the courage get bullets on their chests
    I. they are only afraid of God not Musharraf.
    Lal Masjid case where they were slain in thousands.
    J. they respect religion, moral, family, and others.
    K. THEY ARE BELIEVERS IN ALLAH & RASOOL
    AND HIS RELIGION.

    l. AND THEY BELIEVE IN DEMOCRACY

  4. Steve in NYC says:

    Many comments reflect this sentiment… “Her life and work was more designed to the imagination of the west than being a capable leader to lead Pakistan.”.

    As an outsider, I must ask, did the West orchestrate the outpouring of support for BB? Was the grass-roots response to her return have something to do with the CIA of M15? Curious.

    The 46 front-pages shown in this post reflect a GLOBAL response to her assignation, not just a Western response. The sentiments of free thinkers and free press’, maybe not knowing the true underpinnings of your country’s struggles, but still recognizing BB as a glimmer (if not a beacon) of hope. I would suggest this hope is not only for a safer planet, but hope for the downtrodden and neglected peoples of Pakistan. As a note, I notice Adil is operating this website with a “.com” domain, not a .pk”. Perhaps the free-thinking world would like to see a time where a similar blog can be operated from within Pakistan without the fear of ending up where BB has.

    If anyone seriously thinks the West could orchestrate anything of this magnitude in order to objectify their desires, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.

    My sincere condolences to those of you who mourn the loss, and I express my gratitude to ATP for having such a great forum for the free exchange of ideas. Thanks you Adin.

  5. Meredith says:

    The news that benazir was murdered has shocked and saddened me
    the world has become a darker place with this act.

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