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Pakistan’s Future After Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination

Thursday, December 27, 2007

As the world watched the news footage of the carnage at the scene of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, we all thought what happens now in Pakistan?

This was the third attempt on Bhutto since her return to Pakistan in October. Was it the jihadis or the ISI or al-Qaeda that claims credit for her murder? A spokesperson for the al-Qaeda terrorist network has claimed responsibility for the death on Thursday.

Bhutto AftermathA survivor is overcome with emotion after the attack, which killed at least 20 people in addition to Bhutto. (John Moore / Getty Images)

“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.

The waves of violence by her supporters was expected, but how President Musharraf will handle the aftermath is the big question. Bhutto was campaigning for the January 8th election — and emergency powers were just lifted. It is believed that Musharref will postpone the election and reinstate emergency powers. Democracy is a shaky thing in Pakistan.

You can read several bloggers reports from Pakistan here, here and here. Amazing photographs of the rioting here.

Watch and read the responses of the Presidential candidates very carefully and you will see how well they might lead the country in 2009.

Posted: 1535PT 12/27/07


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  1. Robert C permalink
    Wednesday, January 2, 2008 2:17 am

    Thanks for showing real photo of what a homicide bomber does…
    The BBC printed a cropped version of that only showed the surviver, the motorcycle, the car and the policeman. The bodies in front of the car seem to have removed by Photoshop!
    The world needs to see these pictures, that way they will reject their cause!

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