Benazir, Pakistan & Now

“I didn’t choose this life. It chose me.” –Benazir Bhutto

We never thought 2007 will say its final goodbyes on this note. On and off, I & many other bloggers shared our thoughts on the suicide bombings and massive killings. The prominent figures were never hurt and commoners lost their precious lives to such attacks. Today was an altogether different case though. We liked her or not, that’s an altogether different rant, Benazir Bhutto was a prominent and influential lady. The two times PM of pakistan is no more. Seems like legacy of Kennedy family has shown its face in Pakistan. May Allah bless her and the many others who have lost their precious lives.

Islamabad: As I went out at in late evening, the brightly-lit McDonald’s in F-9 park was dark and off. So was the F-10 markaz, all shops closed down at 8 PM. A few necessary shops as medicine marts and bakers were open but deliberately kept dark. Apart from very few unconfirmed reports of chaotic activity, Islamabad is calm and analyzing the situation. Its advisable to stay inside as much as possible and avoid unnecessary wanderings around for your own safety. Tomorow is Friday and expect a few rallies after Friday prayers (resultant –> angered crowd in the city). Its not an announced holiday but do confirm if your office is open before leaving your home. Many offices and institutions have given the day off.

After Shocks: Aforementioned has given a new life to the riots and chaos country-wide. many already killed in Karachi, Larkana, Sukkur and many others injured. Our KMB co-author shares his account of escape. Tabish comes up with a list on What should the Pakistanis do from now on. Hoping and praying that the country comes out of the shock fast. We are not a bad nation; we’re emotional. Emotion enough to destroy our ownselves in the process. The life never stops; it will move on, Pakistan will move on eventually.

Question is Who is Responsible: : News are Al-Qaeda accepts the responsibility of Benazir’s assasination. Pointing the blame towards Al-Qaeda sounds absurd at the moment. IIf we analyze the gains of this killing – the potential future PM is lost; a US-favorite candidate. Ali Eteraz has an interesting review on situation. Can we point towards the political parties in que?? The extremist wing may be?? I fear it will remain a mystery as all others in the pandora box.

Teeth Maestro of Karachi Metroblog comes up with an Online Condolenece Book for the demised.

Praying for NO DARK DAYS AHEAD. We’ve seen enough. Wishing for the country’s safety!!

Blogs of world are reporting too, sharing their thoughts. Teeth Maestro is Updating event by event, news by news.
Our sister blog, Lahore Metroblog, shares a well-analyzed post with words of caution. All Things Pakistan shares Benazir’s memoriam.

28 Comments so far

  1. Sidhusaaheb (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 3:56 am

    It is really unfortunate that violence has become such an integral part of politics in the sub-continent.

  2. Tabish Bhimani (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 4:21 am

    Thank you for this article. Much like the situation in Pakistan, the journalism world including blogs reporting on this seem to have a wide array of bits and pieces of information. This post however gives a good summary. It is true that we are an emotional. Not just as a state however, but as a Muslim Ummah. We think with our hearts and not our minds and that is what leads us to our downfall in this mostly secular global village.

    Also, thank you for the reference to my blog. I will continue to keep up to date on the situation and analyze events and reactions as they occur.

  3. Atif Abdul-Rahman (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 8:30 am
  4. fozia bhatti (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    The day they murdered all hope is the day they brutally assasinated the mohtarma benazir bhutto who wanted to restore democracy so badly she martyred herself for it.

    What good is the sacrifice when the ignorant and pompous continue to reign their regime of terror on pakistan.

    Where there was hope now there is…silence and sadness.
    God grant her peace in the beyond….
    and God keep our country safe from evil..

  5. fozia bhatti (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    The day they murdered all hope is the day they brutally assasinated the mohtarma benazir bhutto who wanted to restore democracy so badly she martyred herself for it.

    What good is the sacrifice when the ignorant and pompous continue to reign their regime of terror on pakistan.

    Where there was hope now there is…silence and sadness.
    God grant her peace in the beyond….
    and God keep our country safe from evil..

  6. fozia bhatti (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    The day they murdered all hope is the day they brutally assasinated the mohtarma benazir bhutto who wanted to restore democracy so badly she martyred herself for it.

    What good is the sacrifice when the ignorant and pompous continue to reign their regime of terror on pakistan.

    Where there was hope now there is…silence and sadness.
    God grant her peace in the beyond….
    and God keep our country safe from evil..

  7. Talha (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 10:50 am

    Nawaz Sharif said that this is the saddest day in the history of Pakistan.

    I think he is partially right.

    I am dumbfounded right now. Might comment later…

  8. Kashif (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 1:22 pm

    Something like this was expected as government was planning an excuse to ward off / delay elections. What happened afterwards shows the grip of administration. Government yet again failed to impose its writ. Pakistani Police and agencies can only beat unarmed lawyers, journalists and students. When it comes to curb actual miscreants, they just vanish from the scene.

    Benazir’s assassination is another “blind murder” in political history of Pakistan. However, who is going to take responsibility for what happened in next 5-6 hours after Benazir’s death? Why rangers and police failed to secure public property and lives of innocent citizens? Who is accountable for that? I guess nobody can answer this.

  9. KAMI (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

    KASHIF those who call Benazir’s murder a “Blind Murder” are themselves blind. Since long we have lived in a state of deniel that Al-Qaeda does not exist and that US itself staged 9/11. Its about time that we realize that all this is very real and it’s the greatest threat to our society. Its about time that we come out of legal wranglings and straighten our priorities. As for the outfall after the event of this magnitude, in the context of sub-continent this was to be expected, however, let me remind you compared to the assassinations of Indira and Rajiv Gandhi the situation in Pakistan is much better and will improve by next week as the trauma subsides and reality settles in.

    Let me remind you, there are some among us who will take this opportunity to come up with new conspiracy theories to deflect attention from the real cause, promote chaos and uncertainnity, those are the ones who shouldn’t be allowed to succeed.

  10. KAMI (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

    A found this line from the author very shocking as well as amusing;

    Pointing the blame towards Al-Qaeda sounds absurd at the moment

    What this implies that the blame could be put on anybody except Al-Qaeda, despite open threats by their leadership and the modus operandi. So you are free to float as many conspiracy theories you like.

  11. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

    @Kami: when I wrote that what I had in mind were the open threats by Al-Qaeda’s lead # 2 Al Zawahiri towards Pakistan Army and Musharraf. I still believe by taking the responsibility (unconfirmed), they may be trying to subotage the circumstances.

    But then its just my personal opinion…!

  12. KAMI (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 9:47 pm

    In the light of your explanation, dont you think the statement you made was ill concieved and premature.

  13. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 10:02 pm

    No, I don’t …!

  14. Jawad (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 10:13 pm

    I didnt have sympathies for Miss Bhutto when she was alive, but keeping in view her bravery of knowing that she could be killed, she went to Pakistan. my heartly sorrows for her sadest demise. we have lost a leader today.
    People who favour Islamic Radicals are fools, if they show even a single act of sympathy towards them then they are themselves part of them and are making Islam being accused of terrorism. No doubt USA did wrong on many fronts, but ironically US showed us that these extremists have no religion and Muslims should also take off their hands, toungs and hearts from their support.

  15. (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 10:14 pm
  16. KAMI (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

    So prepare the whole list of suspects and omit Al-Qaeda? No wonder this will also become a mystery..

  17. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

    Hmm, no one’s omitting Al-Qaeda … agree I should’ve written whole blame – that makes a difference …!

    Govt’s putting blame on bait ullah Mehsud as well … what’s ur opinion??

  18. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 11:58 pm
  19. thanos (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 12:08 am

    Blame everyone but Al Qaeda when they have publicly claimed credit? I know that the mainstream media is calling ADN Kronos “an obscure website”, but they have a long standing publishing history of factual news articles in Arabic, English, and Italian. They are clearly one of the better news sources for articles on religion in the Mediterranean. The reporter who received the call has well known connections with AQ and the Afghan Taliban, he writes as well for Asia times. With the intercept of the congratulations message from Baitullah Mehsud it will become clearer – I am interested to see if he acknowledges this or makes a denial.

  20. IUnknown (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 12:44 am

    i have only read first time abt this new paper and all of sudden if became a credible source. wow!

  21. thanos (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 12:59 am

    I’ve been linking to them for two years now. They often report things from Algeria, Turkey, and Morocco, Kuwait, and Bahrain quicker than most. They are owned by an old publishing firm that’s published encyclopedias and educational texts a long time. You can click on the button and read in Arabic if you like. Again the author of the story has also written many articles at Asia Times as well, and he is Pakistani.

  22. KAMI (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 2:05 am

    This is not a blame game, its something very real. What has happened in the past viz a viz Afghanistan, the involvement of our govt, the US, the ISI, CIA and the lot, is no secret, you can go and watch “Charlie Wilson’s War”, its all their. But that was then, it was the time of zia, Hameed Gul, FazleHaque and the lot, but now for better or for worse we had to take a U-turn, we have to weed out this evil. We can continue embroil ourselves in senseless conflicts and constitutional wranglings or focus our energies on the real issue. Its all up to us.

  23. Faizan Khan (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 2:17 am

    As a Pakistani I find it appalling that the media has named Benazir bhutto the so called “champion of democracy”. I mean this a woman who was kicked out of office TWICE on corruption charges and always said “innocent until proven guilt” while sitting in exile afraid to go back with 40 pending corruption charges on her. If she was so innocent and a great leader what was she afraid off? I sympathize with her supporters and family but quiet frankly it is much better to live under military rule then corrupt politicians any day. Hopefully one day Pakistan will see democracy but until then Gen Musharff is the only man who can handle the state Pakistan is in right now. So I beg all my fellow Pakistanis and the media to understand that Pakistan is not ready for democracy yet. Pakistan need a leader with an iron fist who can solve the terrorism problem, build schools, hospitals and other social services. You can’t have free and fair elections in a country where the poverty rate and the illiteracy rate is so high that if you can feed someone’s family for a day you can guarantee their vote no matter what your platform is. Politicians like Ms. Bhutto and Mr. Shariff have stolen enough money from Pakistan and this time around hopefully we won’t stand for it.

  24. JayJay (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 6:53 am

    While Bhutto’s assassination is tragic, the reaction to her death even more tragic. People are ready to blame anyone but the real culprits. From the educated middle classes to the men on street are willing to lay blame on the government but not the scourge of Islamic militancy and Islamic fascism gripping the country like a monstrous octopus. This misplaced reaction is evident from the burning of the public and private properties worth billions and targeting of other people at the street level. This is also evident in public fora such as this one where seemingly educated persons have no qualms in diverting the blame to anyone but the real culprits — the hatcheries of religion-inspired terrorism. They are ready to blame the West, the agencies, the government, the Jews, etc, anyone but Islamists, despite the circumstantial, historical and actual evidence to contrary.

    Our educated middle classes naively believe that by averting blames from the scourge of humanity , i.e., the Islamists, they are actually doing a service to their religion. But they are not. It is our tendency to cover-up and excuse the violence perpetrated by the merchants of Islam that has led to this situation where our streets and public places are safe for nobody. Terrorism sowed by us is coming back, with a multiple force, top haunt us. Now is the time we start calling a spade a spade and start appropriating the blame on real culprits. This is the necessary first step if we have to stem out the elements that are against Pakistan, against humanity, against human value, even against Islam. Let su mobilize the nation against religion-inspired terrorism. It is time to cease our pet hobby of looking for, inventing and perpetuating unfounded “conspiracy theories” in order to protect Islamists, Islamic fascists and their cohorts. Otherwise, we will keep on reaping what we have been sowing in the name of Jihad and the fantasy of dominating the region with the help of zealots and zombies.

  25. thanos (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 9:07 am

    It would be good to call for PPP stalwarts to get their party and people under control. Someone must stand in Benazir’s place if / when elections are held. People will think PPP unable to govern if the rioting continues unabated. Has anyone heard when the APC (All Party Committee) will meet to discuss elections? I hope they postpone (but not too long) to allow a new candidate to be put forth and fair time to campaign for all after this tragedy.

  26. Hasan Khan (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 12:41 am

    It is a sad day that BB has died and in such a manner. But lets us for moment think what had happened. We may be able to break away from the politics of Family( I doubt) and by Gods will one of the most corrupt leader has been taken away.

    Lets look beyond. I have my prayers for our kids and family.

  27. malik (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 10:27 pm

    Here are few facts.

    1. Every thing living has to taste death.

    2. Date, time and place of death is fixed. It cannot be changed.

    3. After the World war II, UK handed over the reins of global political/terror games to US of A.
    Because the Empire ran out of money.

    4. If you look at the history of the world, you will see US of A behind almost every crisis, in one form or the other, from South America, Asia, Middle east, ….

    5.The leaders of the third world countries are slaves of the rich countries of the world. The North Africans are slaves of France, while many are slaves of US and UK and some of Russia.

    6. These leaders are pawns used and replaced.

    7. Majority of the population is naive and they do not know the games played at global level.

    8. The global strategies are made years in advance and are implemented in years.

    9. A 1998 (the year when the new king of PPP born) BBC documentary, The Quran and the Klashnikov, predicted that Islam will be demonized as there has to be “global threat” to continue the status quo.

  28. Sebastian (unregistered) on January 6th, 2008 @ 11:32 pm

    So, Mr.10% is going to become mr.100%.Or has he already?

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