Benazir Bhutto: No More

Unconfirmed reports say Benazir Bhutto is killed after a suicide Bombing attack on PPP’s campaign rally in Liaqat bagh this evening.

PPP spokesman Farahtullah Babar said Ms Bhutto was only some 50 metres away when the bomb exploded, the Associated Press news agency reports. “She had just crossed the gate when we heard a deafening sound.” She was said to be leaving after addressing the rally when explosion occured.

Was taken to RGH where she died in Operation Theatre. BBC reports as well. News is officially confirmed now.

MSN in its Most Influential Women of 2007 list ranked Benazir Bhutto at second position; she couldn’t live to see the light of 2008 though.

BTW, It reminds me of these verses in Punjabi …

سدا نہ باغ وِچ بُلبُل بولے سدا نہ رہن بہاراں

دشمن مرے تے خوشی نہ کريئے سجناں وی ٹُر جانا

Pakistan on High-Alert …!

ps: Please show some respect towards the dead while commenting.

48 Comments so far

  1. Go Figure (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 6:45 pm

    No she didnt die. She just left when the damn terrorist exploded. She is sfe but the other innoncents died. DOnt know whats in a politicians speeches that makes people in Pakistan to come and listen to their la da da and bla bla…


  2. Kristen (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 6:51 pm

    She is dead. She was shot they say.

    They person who shot her then blew himself up.

    She was shot in the neck.


  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 6:54 pm

    shocking! from Liaqut Ali Khan to BB.. liaqut bagh proved to be fatal..


  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

    earlier in the day PML N rally also came under heavy firing.. 4 people died.. wtf was govt and security agencies doing..!


  5. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 7:01 pm

    now elections are as good as over..


  6. shaibee (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

    I have never been a fan of BB, rather I disagree with a lot of her policies, but the way she has been killed is very saddening. It was quite shocking.

    May her soul rest in heaven.


  7. Go Figure (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

    Its sad but its confirmed that she died. Well politics is not easy and its dangerous. Even though the government warned her against rallies in Pakistan but she was stubborn and went for it. You pay for your own actions and she paid hers. (Sadly)


  8. SELF (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 7:16 pm

    The first thing that went through my mind was on lines “sau bars ka samaan aur pal kee khabar nahain”…All 60 billion she stole from poor public of Pakistan, denying then education and health and what not, she is not going to use them after all. gunah e bay lazat. Wonder if her amnesty by Musharaf will extend to hereafter…hope not.


  9. arZan (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

    This is a sad day for Pakistan. Bhutto was not perfect, but at least she was for a democratic process. Democracy once again dies with her. Our condolences to the people of Pakistan from Metroblogging Mumbai.


  10. Shaan (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

    Shaame on pakistanis shame on u people u all r happy of a sudden death of ur own leader


  11. Shaan (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    Shaame on pakistanis shame on u people u all r happy of a sudden death of ur own leader


  12. shaan (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 7:44 pm

    u lost us bcoz u all know what u did to us now u people will loose ur self bcoz the bengals think today will be thought by india n pak tommorow thats tha point u all will run for ur freedom which we have done in 71


  13. Jen06 (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

    As a peace loving American, I find this news appalling. This adds fuel to my belief that this part of the world is full of lunatics.


  14. karachiwala (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 8:11 pm

    here is the situation in karachi.

    Fear Takes Over


  15. thanos (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

    You have my condolences – make no mistake this is an attempt to foster civil war by the forces that are trying to overthrow all governance. This is the work of the bad doctor, at your heart you all know it. (not referring to the commenter here, instead the doctor from Egypt is who I reference.)


  16. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 9:17 pm

    Mr Bush issuing statement about BB’s death


  17. Memorial Power (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 9:43 pm

    Its a sad incident what happened in Rawalpindi this evening.
    @SHAAN No one is happy for this.
    Life of human being is precious, who so ever it is. It was a wrong decision to go for a public meeting after the Karachi incident. No one can blame anyone for this except BB herself.
    Although, I never liked PPP, but she pocessed street power across Pakistan for sure.


  18. WK (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 10:00 pm

    THATS WHAT HAPPEND WHEN THEY DONT LISTEN GOVT.
    BUT THEY WANTED TO LIFT EMERGENCY, THEY WANTED TO DO RALLY, PUBLIC APPERIANCE !!

    SIMPLY WE ALL NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS THIRD POWER INVOLVED IN THESE BLASTS, MAY AL QAIDA.

    I AM PERSONALLY HEART BROKEN TO HEAR THESE NEWS.

    DONT FORGET THAT SHARE PAO WAS ALSO TARGETED AND MUSHARAFA ALSO, SO DO NOT BLAME TO GOVT.

    PEACE NOW


  19. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

    bb’s body moved from hospital to chaklala airbase


  20. thanos (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 11:56 pm

    Al Qaeda has claimed credit in an article at ADNI Kronos
    http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=1.0.1710322437


  21. thanos (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

    From AKI:
    Karachi, 27 Dec. (AKI) – (by Syed Saleem Shahzad) – A spokesperson for the al-Qaeda terrorist network has claimed responsibility for the death on Thursday of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

    “We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahadeen,” Al-Qaeda’s commander and main spokesperson Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid told Adnkronos International (AKI) in a phone call from an unknown location, speaking in faltering English. Al-Yazid is the main al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan.

    It is believed that the decision to kill Bhutto, who is the leader of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), was made by al-Qaeda No. 2, the Egyptian doctor, Ayman al-Zawahiri in October.

    Death squads were allegedly constituted for the mission and ultimately one cell comprising a defunct Lashkar-i-Jhangvi’s Punjabi volunteer succeeded in killing Bhutto.


  22. mosvar (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:49 am

    I really question this article concerning al-Qaeda. You say you spoke to al-Yazid, and is already saying that zawahiri ordered this? That is all he said ? Your story seems fake for now.


  23. Tabish Bhimani (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:50 am

    Congratulations! You’re on CNN.


  24. yahyudiyah yahrifina (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:50 am

    when I heard she was returning to Pakistan I knew she could possibly be killed. What person who has stolen 60 billion dollars, been prime minister twice, would go back into the fray! you say she stole and already had power twice! most would go away with having had that successs, but for her to push forward shows she truly was for the people inspite of her own life being risked! she wept when she saw Pakistani earth again because she knew her beloved people cause and country could martyr her and they did! may yahwehs grace and universal love cradle her spirit forever!!!!! we will miss a woman such as this!


  25. richard (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:56 am

    Al Qaeda may claim responsibility but that doesn’t mean they actually did it. Musharraf is just as responsible as Al-Qaeda. He has allowed Al-Qaeda to grow in his country and it is infiltrated into the military, government, and ISI. He knows there are enemies in his government and he allows them to operate. Bhutto knew this, she knew of the threats, she confronted him about the threats in the government and about the lack of security she was provided. This act was simply a turning and looking the other way by Musharraf knowing that he would gain from her death.


  26. Gumby (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 1:00 am

    I am so glad that she is dead, she along with that fat ____ nawaz sharif have been the most corrupt leaders in the history of pakistan. She did nothing to benefit pakistan apart from putting a $30+ billion of debt and nothing to show for it. she stole from the country and its people.

    [[moderated]]


  27. Jamash (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 1:11 am

    Today is a sad day for the whole nation and the world.
    She was a great leader, and we lost her today.
    May Allah bless her soul.


  28. Banazirr (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 1:27 am

    I wonder billions of dollars she stole from the nation with her to the grave, and i wonder what her excuse would be to god “i have never stolen the peoples money this is all the work of the opposition trying to discredit me”. yeah right….

    this is a very good day for pakistan and its people,

    [[moderated]]


  29. Tabish Bhimani (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 1:31 am

    Hello,

    I have posted some important information o how to carry on day to day affairs from this point on at my blog. The link to the post is found here:

    http://destogate.wordpress.com/2007/12/27/bhutto-assassinated-the-aftermath-and-precautionary-measures/

    I encourage everyone to read this to ensure their personal safety.


  30. hira (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 1:43 am

    where was the security man? even if govt has no hand in it , directly, which i really doubt, they had to provide a reliable security that could prevent our most poular lady politician from being bullet-ed
    mush ! you kno you have failed.! forgive us for our undone sins n forget the luxuries of presidency


  31. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 1:45 am

    Musharraf wasn’t at all pleased with Benazir’s return to pakistan with American backing… Mush’s relation with BB was like that of jealousy between first wife n second wife.. he didn’t really liked the idea of West(US/UK) working with Benazir instead of him.. as we all know he had been called as used ammunition by western policy makers..

    but if Mush thinks that benazir’s exit from the scene will again make him america’s sweetheart then he is mistaken..


  32. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 1:49 am

    bullet proof landcuiser didn’t seemed to work or maybe the assassin knew too well about the weaker spots in the vehicle


  33. Saadie (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 1:50 am

    Atleast guys show some respect to her


  34. doc_right (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 1:57 am

    Since our inception in 1947..we never had many heroes to look forward to…There has been a serious dreath of committed & honest leadership in Pakistan and the blame lies nowhere else but in the reflection of our mirrors…As i see various comments on the sad events in my beloved motherland all i would like to remind my dear country men is the fact ” We must stop playing this blame game and pause..ponder to the root cause of it all…and i would say it is total apathy on our part to serve the very cause of our motherland and lack of any will to bring a positive change in our society by people like us..who are relatively literate and could have made the difference …so no govt….no political faction..no al qaeda…no western power …no extremeist is to be blamed……we the so called silent majority ..the so called onlookers…did not do our job…:( may God guide us to better times and towards good understanding of our fallicies…amen


  35. Lauren (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 2:11 am

    I agree. It is the fault of all of us, especially the U.S. who instead of helping get rid of Al Queda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, we’ve been having a war of choice in Iraq. It’s sick, disgusting, and Bhutto’s blood is on everyone’s hands who has allowed this policy to keep going.


  36. KAMI (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 2:12 am

    RICHARD I disagree with you. Al-Qaeda was desperate to kill Musharraf, because he is responsible for cleansing the army from its influence as well as the intelligence agencies. That’s why you see a huge volume of anti-army propaganda by the right wing AQ sympathizers in the recent past, previously, they were hand in glove with Pakistan military but that has changed. As for the border areas along Afghanistan, that’s another story, that part of the world has remained lawless since time unknown, there are no military bases their, hence no control. It will not be like Swat, tribal areas require lot of sweat, blood and support of military action from the masses. Also, when powers like US blunder their way into Iraq, that makes killing our own people that much difficult to sell. But now, sadly, things would be different, I hope people will demand action.

    BB was brought back Mush, but he wanted her to return after election, she was warned about public appearances not only by Pakistan but other international agencies. She was a strong headed lady, who didn’t listen. If she and her party security blokes have observed basic security protocols, she would have been alive today.

    Its sad but we have to ride this storm.


  37. Benazir (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 3:12 am

    The ____ who did nothing for her country at last dead like the _____she is.

    [[moderated]]


  38. Tabish Bhimani (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 3:13 am

    Hello, I also wrote an article titled, Bhutto – A Quick Look At International Reactions and Analysis of the Assassination. It may shed some light on the way the assassination took place.

    http://destogate.wordpress.com/2007/12/27/bhutto-a-quick-look-at-international-reactions-and-analysis-of-the-assassination/

    Sorry for posting external links, but it’s more convenient this way than posting the same detailed article in the comment box.


  39. Fatima Shakeel (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 4:22 am

    The news left me shaken. Her children are all I keep thinking of. It’s been a nightmarish evening, and a dark day for our country. My thoughts are with Benazir’s family. And with the families of everyone who lost their lives in the Liaquat Bagh bombing and its aftermath. Allah be with them, and with us.

    Note to readers: Please keep politics out of this thread. Many human beings lost their lives last night, and they will be mourned. Either comment respectfully or refrain from commenting at all.


  40. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 4:32 am

    according to eyewitness present on the scene Ms Bhutto was waving toward her supporter from the sunroof of her bulletproof vehicle.. she also had been wearing bullet proof vest as well but apparently it seems like sharp shooting assassin targeted her neck which proved fatal


  41. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 4:34 am

    her body is shifted to her home town of Garhi Khuda Baksh larkana from Sukkur Air base by helicopter


  42. C P Madhusudan (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

    It is a very sad day for all of us and a terrible tragedy for her family and the people of Pakistan.I hope that from this day onwards there will be a consensus in Pakistan on the need to combat extremism.


  43. Indian (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

    It is sad. As somebody said above, for all her faults she was still better option for pakistan. I think, whatever is happening in pakistan is really sad, but again if paksitanis introspect they will find that they themselves are to be blamed for it. Why blame US or west? Pakistan became a pawn in US hands on its own will so that it get money and arms to use against India.

    Also islamists who are now threatening the very fabric of Pakistan are creation of Pakistani leaders . The monster which was created to bleed India and help US in Afganistan has turned against own master.

    However sad it might sound, but the fact is that, make no mistake, Pakistan is undergoing a bloody civil war , a war which will decide future of Pakistan. Either it becomes a moderate, modern country or it turns into a medieval fundamentalist land.


  44. Go Figure (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

    There will be no civil war or massive unrest in Pakistan. Just some protests here and there and all will become as normal as usual. We as Pakistanis need to stand united against terrorism as terrorists need us to fight each other and follow their agenda. We have seen the death of our great leader Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Liaqat, Zia-ul-Haq, Bhutto and now his daughter but we have stood together all this time. This is not the time to play the blame game or else more people will lose life.

    Peace!


  45. WK (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 7:32 pm

    GO FIGURE !!

    WE ALL ARE AGREED WITH YOU…

    PEACE


  46. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 9:36 pm

    drama king brigadier Cheema and bunch of other military clowns just finished a press conference claiming that bb didn’t die of a bullet wound and the impact of blast was the cause of her death.. they also claimed to have intercepted a phone call between a militant and Baitullah Mehsud.. congratulating every one involved in this incident..


  47. what_you_do_comes_back_to_you (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 9:52 pm

    I wonder if the soul of Murtaza Bhutto can now rest in peace !!!


  48. SolShine7 (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 3:28 am

    So sad.



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