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Benazir Bhutto

Article Summary   by:NeerajBhushan     Original Author: Neeraj Bhushan
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Benazir Bhutto - Muslim world’s first female leader was not immortal to survive yet another Thursday blast – the first on October 18, 2007, a Thursday, and the other blowing her up on December 27, 2007, again a Thursday.
The October suicide attack on Benazir’s convoy had killed nearly 150 civilians but Allah spared her. The second attack was terminal that came while she was campaigning ahead of general elections in disturbed Pakistan. Benazir, the ‘Daughter of the East’ and almost an iconic figure in the West, was assassinated cheaply like any other leader in South Asia, which has a history of bloody deaths, sending chill down the spine. See saga of assassinations. Like India’s Nehru-Gandhi family, the Bhuttos of Pakistan have been one of the world’s most famous political dynasties. Benazir’s father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was prime minister in the early 1970s. Now, Benazir has left behind sustained turmoil, purposeless and dysfunctional government and a rise in extremism in a nation that has never been able to stand on its own. Her assassination has also left in ruins the fragile US diplomatic effort to bring together Pakistan’s acutely divided political groups. Ten most important things I know about BB: She had her education at Harvard and Oxford; Her father led Pakistan before being executed in 1979; She spent five years in prison in solitary confinement; She was Pakistan’s Prime Minister from 1988-1990 and 1993-1996; She was sacked twice by president on corruption charges; She formed alliance with her rival and former premier Nawaz Sharif in 2006; She ended self-imposed exile by returning to Pakistan in October 2007; She inspired South Asian women; She was a woman who would command presence; & She was beautiful. Why was BB killed? There is no doubt that Benazir had many enemies especially after her public speaking against Taliban and fundamentalists. And who doesn’t know that she was seen as main challenge to the current government in Pakistan. In fact, Gen. Pervez Musharraf allowed Benazir into Pakistan only after tremendous US pressure. When she arrived in Pakistan in October last, the millions of people who came to receive her gave sleepless nights to Gen. Musharraf and his power-hungry coterie. This ultimately paved way for the return of another former prime minister Nawaz Sharief. Although the fundamentalists had allegedly vowed to kill her, Gen. Musharraf can not be absolved and will be the greatest benefactor of her death.
And in case, Gen. Musharraf’s government may not be directly involved in her killing, it can not be absolved of inaction in protecting her. The million-dollar question remains as to why was Benazir not provided ample security cover despite being on the ‘hit list’ of terrorists and extremists!!! Speaking on television after Benazir died, opposition leader Nawaz Sharif said, “I myself feel threatened.” Pakistan’s leading newspaper ‘Dawn’, in its editorial, wrote Benazirdied because the government proved inadequate in protecting her. READ THE DAWN EDITORIAL Getty Images photographer John Moore who took the last picture of the former premier moments before her assassination told CNN he was “surprised” to see Benazir rising through the sun-roof of her vehicle to wave to supporters after delivering her speech. I ran up, got as close as I got, made a few pictures of her waving to the crowd and then suddenly, there were a few gunshots that rang out, and she went down, she went down through the sun-roof,” he said. “And just at that moment I raised my camera up and the blast happened. … And then, of course, there was chaos.” News of BB’s death on the official news agency APP was limited to only five paragraphs. See what the agency reported – Associated Press of Pakistan. The role of the local press in covering ‘Pakistan’s Own Daughter’ can also be viewed. See Pakistan Media. Look who is smiling… Of course the militants. Because their ability to wreak havoc with their ruthless tactics has once again been demonstrated. How would I like to remember BB? Well, I will always remember BB as a leader who died before her supporters. True leaders should always be willing to die for people and before people. May we all always remember BB’s courageous sacrifice for her people! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED : LIFE OF BENAZIR BHUTTO
Published: January 02, 2008   
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