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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto Assassinated: Whither Pakistan?

One of the most charismatic leaders of our times, Benazir Bhutto was killed in a terrorist attack in Rawalpindi in Pakistan on Thursday.

Few leaders evoke the sort of admiration that Benazir got from across the world. She is often blamed for squandering her father Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's legacy.

Also, despite being Prime Minister of Pakistan, she failed to fulfil the expectations during her stints, Benazir still was a people's leader and a champion of democracy.

The charges of corruption against her husband Asif Zardari had tarnished her image. But the Daughter of the East was loved outside her country as well.

She was a courageous woman, no doubt and after several years in exile came back to her country despite the threats to her life.

Ironically she was assassinated at the same place in Rawalpindi where the first Prime Minister of Pakistan Liaquat Ali Khan was killed. Truly this is a defining moment in the history of Pakistan.

The Pakistan state, its leaders and its citizens have to introspect of what future course they want their country to take. With the cult of fidayeen flourishing the Islamic state of Pakistan and suicide attacks becoming the order of the day, Pakistan has become one of the most dangerous places in the world.

With her politics, some agreed and others didn't. But such a tragic death! In her interview to Karan Thapar she had said that there was a major battle between the moderates and the extremists going on in Pakistan and that's why she came back. Sadly, she is no more.

Along with her 30 others died in the attack. Just like Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated when he had appeared to have become more mature, Benazir was also assassinated when she seemed to have learnt from her mistakes and was back to her homeland as a crusader for democracy.


jahanzaib said...

Big lose for pakistan, i myself was against her politically, but i had no doubts that she was working sincerely for better pakistan.This is 911 of Pakistan.

jahanzaib said...


Blue Bike said...

while reading through your post, I was so much tempted to compare Bhuttos assassination with Rajiv Gandhi and was pleased to see it coming at the end.
Both leaders were killed by the ghosts of their pasts... while LTTE was first supported and then fought against by India, the Mujaheddin were empowered during her rule and led to her own destruction. There are defenitely a lot of parallels between Rajiv Gandhi and Benazir's lives !

virgin said...

It is a horrific and heartless incident. Benazir was an intelligent and amazing woman. My condolences to her husband and family. She will be sadly missed.
Virginia Dogar

Anonymous said...

u see its link,becouse urdu daily hindustan says some different.report says ,cia and moosad involve in benazeer death.

Ganesh Prasad said...


That's a coincidence, I blogged about the similarity between Benazir Bhutto and Rajiv Gandhi too:



sushilsingh said...

Benazir Bhutto (June 21, 1953 – December 27, 2007) was a

Pakistani politician who chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party a

centre-left political party in Pakistan. Bhutto was the first woman

elected to lead a Muslim state,[1] having twice been Prime Minister of

Pakistan (1988–1990; 1993–1996).
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Ryan said...

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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