Benazir Bhutto Assassinated

December 29, 2007

Before I write anything I’d like to pass my condolences to her family whose pain cannot possibly be measured.

  When I was born she became the prime minister of Pakistan, so my idea of politicians and power are rooted from her. Before I could even speak properly my idea of making a speech was to act like Benazir. Heck, random relatives would just ask me to be benazir and I would start blabbing in my own version of baby talk. She’s been around for so long that I can’t believe she’s gone. She was one of those iconic people who seemed to be immortal.

   

Now, I was never a big fan of her political party or her policies. Her party seemed to comprise of thuggish and fanatical people who always seemed to be in the grey area of right and wrong. Coupled with rumours of the fortunes her party had amassed and the disapproval garnered over from the time her father was the party head by my family, the odds of my support for her were slim.

In spite of all that I admired her guts. She achieved what most men in this country would have been unable to do so. Pakistan is not a uniform country. The people, their ideology, the conservatism varies drastically. Bhutto came from a more affluent family and most people like her remain divorced from the average public. Like her father, and unlike the people in similar social/economic circles, she created a bridge between the two and overcame obstacles her gender created. She won over people who had traditionally been prejudiced against women. The ferocity with which people revered her is a testament to how successful she was at what she did.

The hows and whys of her death are still being edited and are growing increasingly convoluted. The bomb was initially blamed for her passing but then rumours of bullet wounds floated about. The sniper theory was written off and the bomb shrapnel were brought back as possible suspects but now the government insists it was a bump on the head. Some people may believe this and other people don’t. I frankly don’t care.  It’s the fact that she’s dead that matters. Officials find the bomb attack to be a terrorist one but I’m too jaded to find any truth in the official statements.

This was an obvious political assassination trying to derail the political development in Pakistan. The excuse this was an Al-Qaeda attack is perhaps the feeblest I’ve seen in ages. [A text message from al-qaeda is the proof last I heard] Al-Qaeda, [I’m still doubtful about their existence in Pakistan:: I think the bombings and swat insurgency is simply a reaction from the people affected by the red mosque incident] has no reason to disrupt Pakistan’s political ongoings simply because any new government that comes in would be better for them then the military-ish one.  A proper civilian government comes in and *wham* they’ve hit the jackpot. A weaker government with lesser control over the military and with little or no affect over the northern areas is perfect for whatever their agenda may be.

Most of the world goes on amber alert the second Islamic extremists are mentioned but here in Pakistan we’re wary of our own politicians. They’re ones who’re the real danger. [Not that I am in any way in favour of the military being in power] If I sat down and named any ten mainstream people in power, chances are at least one would have had something to do with this attack.
The aftermath of this incident is perhaps one of the most ludicrous things to ever happen. People are burning and destroying anything they can get their hands on. Cars, building and trains are being burnt in key, sensitive areas. Of course, not every region is being targeted but a lot of people are facing huge losses because of the looting and rioting. No gas or petrol is available. Even milk is a hard commodity to find. Normal life has halted for now. I’m not in favour of fighting violence with violence but I find myself agreeing with the “shoot any arsonist on sight” orders.

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