As most of you know by now, former Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday (today) as she left a political rally.
Benazir, despite her charisma and her passion, was a controversial and, in the eyes of many, a deeply problematic leader, both beloved and reviled, her two administrations marred by corruption. Her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, was arguably one of the most hated men in the country. (Fatima, Benazir’s niece, explains some of the issues in the WLA interview here.) Yet, however complex the feelings toward her, Benazir belonged to Pakistan, and her death leaves Pakistanis spinning and grief stricken.
Here’s what popular Pakistani blogger Teeth Maestro writes of these confusing moments as they continue to unfold. His words say much about the country’s roiling emotions, and about its attitude toward what it regards as U.S. meddling.
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been killed in a suicide attack today in Rawalpindi outside the Liaquatbagh rally she addressed moments earlier. In all honesty, I was never a fan of her style of politics corruption but on hearing this sad news it leaves me and the entire nation in shock, quite literally forgiving her for everything, May Her Soul Rest in Peace.
As the country plunges into chaos with news of riots already afoot throughout Pakistan. Yes we will recover, yes the world will move on, but we will surely remember her ultimate sacrifice for Pakistan.
My analysis of who is to blame may be quite simple as we have been repeating the same thing over and over again – The Americans MUST stop their adventures and infiltrations into other countries and their war on terror has destroyed Afghanistan, Iraq and now Pakistan stands on the edge ready to plummet into darkness. This war on terror is a war of the Americans and NOT our war.
We Pakistanis Plead with the movers and shakers in United States to Please For Gods Sake Leave US ALONE
Here and here and here are a few other links to top Pakistani bloggers. And here also Metroblogging Lahore pleads with everyone to stay home for safety’s sake as the country tips increasingly toward chaos. The words of the bloggers, in many ways, give a much fuller picture of what is going on inside Pakistan than anything you can get from CNN.
This event is loaded with implications for the U.S. and for the world—as well as for Pakistan itself. Naturally, all the presidential candidates, Republicans and Democrats, are rushing to make comments. (More on that later.)
But right now, our hearts simply go out to the Pakistani people in these dark hours.