Benazir Bhutto Killed

Benazir Bhutto Killed


What an extremely sad day.

From CNN:

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (CNN) — Pakistan former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has died after a suicide bombing that killed at least 14 of her supporters, ex-government spokesman Tariq Azim Khan and Pakistan’s primary television networks said.

Bhutto suffered bullet wounds in the aftermath of the bomb attack, TV networks report.

Video of the scene just moments before the explosion showed Bhutto stepping into a heavily-guarded vehicle to leave the rally.

Khan said while it appeared Bhutto was shot, it was unclear if her bullet wounds were caused by a shooting or shrapnel from the bomb.

The suicide attack left at least 14 dead and 40 injured, Khan told CNN in a telephone interview.

This attack and death of the opposition might make Musharaff crack down on extremists within his own borders more, but somehow I doubt it. They seem to be doing his bidding now. That’s not to say he wanted this by any stretch of the imagination, but since he has been running the country like he’s a dictator it’s certainly not inconceivable.

Well Pakistan, this is your chance. You can see what people will do to stop a more democratic government from gaining a foothold. Will you let this deter you or will you push towards a more just and fair republic?

  • nykrindc

    That’s part of the problem right now. If people indeed blame Musharraf for Bhutto’s death, they will likely take to the streets to demand his ouster. If he either declares another state of emergency or cracks down on them violently, the crisis will get worst and would leave us in a very difficult position.

    The elections in January are just 12 days away, without Bhutto, Musharraf’s plan to use the elections as a means to gain some legitimacy is hanging by a very thin thread. If Nawaz Sharif wins, given that without Bhutto, her party will be disorganized and leaderless, Musharraf will have a harder time achieving his objective. Sharif, having been deposed by Musharraf will likely not have much of an incentive to cooperate with him and indeed will seek to undermine his rule. This is very troubling, and much still remains to be seen.

    Al Qaeda or its offshoots, with two shots and a suicide belt have brought Pakistan’s government to its knees.

  • Jimmy the Dhimmi

    Nobody seems to be asking, “what are the root causes of this terrorist act?” What did Bhutto do to the Muslim world to inspire such frustration and despair? Is Karl Rove somehow involved? If Israel wasn’t oppressing Palestinians, this never would have happenned.

  • Freedom Lover

    All the more reason to vote Dr. Ron Paul for President. VOTE RON PAUL!

  • Togakangaroo

    Jimmy – well there’s the two obvious ones:
    1) She’s a woman
    2) She’s the pro-democracy candidate

    And yes, those are enough to inspire many, many people to this.
    But if that’s not enough – and not that I’m by any means well schooled on the issue – she certainly had plenty of enemies left over from her previous two stints as PM

  • Togakangaroo

    On further reading, you were probably being sarcastic. Consider my condescending tone revoked.

  • Rob

    To be fair, bhutto wasn’t the white knight she made herself out to be, not by a long shot.

    Nonetheless she didn’t deserve that, but it’s pretty much par for the course in the middle-east.

  • nykrindc


    Indeed. She, much like Nawaz Sharif have very checkered pasts. The trouble now is not only how Musharraf responds to this crisis, but also whether her Pakistan People’s Party can bounce back from this and win the upcoming elections, and more importantly who they will choose as her successor. If her party collapses, as she was the glue that held it together, then Nawaz Sharif’s party would benefit by using her murder as a rallying cry to topple Musharraf. Sharif was a close ally of the Taliban prior to his ouster by Musharraf and both have a very difficult relationship.

    Add to this what is going on in Balochistan and the problems in Pakistan begin to mount exponentially.

  • Kurt

    I find this a very stark example of the options we face in the middle east. Do we continue to stand with those who, like Bhutto, stand for Democracy (not just in Pakistan, but in Iraq and Afghanistan), or do we surrender to her killers out of fear of the ensuing crisis and chaos? To the leading crop of today’s Democrats, surrending to the killers has long been their chosen path.

  • David

    Kurt, your idiot hero Bush’s best buddy Musharaff is who killed her. Wake up.

  • Rob

    Honestly Kurt, Bhutto, like Musharaff, paid lip service to democracy, but that’s about it.

  • Jeremy

    The writing was on the wall. Who thought this women wasn’t going to be killed eventually? We’ve managed to turn Iraq and Pakistan into increasingly more radical countries with out policies. What’s our next genius move?

  • Jeremy

    Faux News video: Drastic Measure?

    Ron Paul speaks about foreign puppeteering. Every time Ron Paul speaks I can’t help but think how right he is and wonder why it is America chooses to act like the world’s orchestrator.

  • Jimmy the Dhimmi

    Shed no tears for this terrorist enabler. She was far worse than Musharraff when she was prime minister. Not only was her administration extremely corrupt, she oversaw the deliberate ethnic cleansing of over 300,000 Pandit Hindus from Kashmir.

    May she rot in hell with other “Moderates” like Abdul Nasser and Yassir Arafat.

  • Elisabetta

    Bhutto’s murder is another one in a long string of killings. It’s the terrorists’ way to deal with opposition. Silence them once for all.
    These madmen have total disregard for human life.
    What’s worse is that among those that condemn these murders are people that foolishy think IF we’d hold hands and sing kumbaya with the terrorists all the problems would vanish.

    They willing ignore the killers’ worldview: if you are not a muslim you deserve to die.

  • Jeremy

    “Bhutto’s murder is another one in a long string of killings. It’s the terrorists’ way to deal with opposition. Silence them once for all.
    These madmen have total disregard for human life.
    What’s worse is that among those that condemn these murders are people that foolishy think IF we’d hold hands and sing kumbaya with the terrorists all the problems would vanish.

    They willing ignore the killers’ worldview: if you are not a muslim you deserve to die.”

    Elisabetta, I agree with you when you say that there are some muslims that are so radical you must convert to their line of thinking or they will kill you. It’s wrong and these people should be fought by every possible means.

    However, it could just as likely be the case that America’s military dictator Musharraf had her assassinated. Bhutto made it publicly known that she was marked for death and Musharraf continually denied Bhutto proper security. So to automatically assume that this was the work of radical Islamists is not fair. I’m sure there will be little to no investigation into who killed Bhutto or why. One thing is certain though–Musharraf isn’t shedding
    any tears.

  • Jaiku Singh

    Her death is a great loss to the country of Pakistan. She will always be remembered.

  • Elisabetta

    Jeremy, you describe the conditions (lack of proper security) that invariably led to Benhazir Butto’s early demise. No disagreement from me, there. I even consent that Musharraf isn’t losing any sleep over her death and he might be – to some extent – involved. Still, it’s no secret she was very well aware of the great probability of losing her life and that radical extremists (that are not few) had a hand in her death.

    However, I draw the line at your assertion that Musharraf is “America’s appointed dictator.” Now that’s not only unfair, but untrue. America can’t pick the leaders of other countries, but it attempts to work with those that have a semblance of reasonableness.

  • Ahmed Ali

    Change the name of PPP to PFP (Pakistan Family Party), Did any body question what this new joker (Balawal) is going to do? How he is going to run a country? What is his qualification and education? Is there any educated and experience guy in PFP? This Joker (Balawal) is grownup in Dubai with a luxurious life with Pakistan’s looted money. His mother Benazir Bhutto; Queen of Dubai, was a total corrupt, her father, husband and new joker (Balawal) all these people want to loot the country. They have done it in the past; Benazir was given two chances for prime minister. I have seen myself; that only thing she had done was making country bankrupt and anarchy. Her father nationalize the industry in Pakistan in 1970s and broken the backbone of the modern privatization. This family is there to kill this country and all these jokers are happy and healthy because of our uneducated and stupid nation (so called).
    I am not trying to support military, in reality military is actually responsible to bring this situation, but now we do not have any option. Only a big and real revelation may fix some problems we have; otherwise, Pakistan is hopeless case.

  • Maggie

    I can’t believe that she was assassinated by a 15-year-old! What a shock! This is a crazy part of the world, and we are going to have to reassess our handling of such situations. I have spoken with several people from the middle east, and they all say that she was assassinated because it would be a major blow to the Americans. What are we doing wrong?

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  • Setavana Bale

    The late former Prime Minister of Pakistan was a symbol of hope for some. She will always be remembered for her courage. Her untimely death has been a great loss not only to her country but to the world at large.

    For women in general, she was the ultimate symbol of power and beauty. For pro democracy supporters, she was their light house.

    May her soul rest in peace.