The Bigger Tragedy

‘They’ tried it when she landed. ‘They’ got the desired affect but seemingly missed. This time around, not only did ‘they’ bombed the area but opened fire as well. The details are not available as to how the firing took place ‘after’ the 4kg explosive went off, but one thing is now a certainty: the first Muslim lady prime minister of the World and twice prime minister of Pakistan is dead.

Every so often, we hear about ‘the moment when everything changes for all times to come’. Right now, it is that moment.

I personally have never supported Ms Benazir and her party (the PPP). But this, by all means, goes beyond the immediate politics of pretty much everything. It goes without saying that no one, and I mean no one — even for a moment — deserves to go this way, to die in such an unnatural manner and for such obnoxiously stupid reasons. Fate, as we already should know, is not without a sense of irony; Benazir has died (primarily) due to gunfire wounds while leaving a political gathering at Liaquat Gardens; Liaquat Gardens is not only named after, but is also the same place where the first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Khan Liaquat Ali Khan was murdered with a bullet.

On the evening of 27th December 2007, Ms Benazir Bhutto died due to injuries sustained in a suicide bomb attack on her life. I feel like repeating this to actually believe it. I feel that almost everything within the Pakistani political makeup will change. There is already incident reports of people ransacking offices of political officials, of protestors burning vehicles and the subsequent sense of fear that things will turn for the worse. I, unfortunately, also feel that the same unjust rule, the same all-consuming lust for power, the same indifference that seems to be root cause of everything evil and the same ‘wheeling and dealing’ associated with the politicians of today will continue unabated.
This death, this tragic, tragic incident will provide more intrigue and more ‘play’ to what is already happening in the echelons of power in this country. When Liaquat Ali Khan was murdered, General Ayub writes in his autobiography, most of the politicians of the time were immediately looking for ways to fully exploit the vacuum obviously created by a deceased Prime Minister. I do not see why this tragedy will be any different. And that in itself, is a bigger tragedy.

7 Comments so far

  1. karachiwala (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 8:07 pm

    here is the situation in landhi karachi.

    this needs to end.

  2. Kerry-Ann (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

    It is indeed a tragedy. I am all the way In Jamaica and even the people here are shaken up abut the terrible news. Only divine intervention can change the hearts of the attackers so i will be praying for the family and the country at large.The government will need to do something quickly to contain the situation before it gets worse.

  3. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

    @kerry-ann: I concur, …they should do something before it gets worse.

    @karachiwala: I heard people were walking on raods, no transport and otherwise traffic jams/mob attacks.

  4. SK (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 9:18 am

    It’s much worse, I am stuck at the airport for the past 14 hours as my flight was about to leave at 10. The situation here at the airport too is terrible, people are in a fright, some of my friends who work here, have stayed overnight at the airport just to keep themselves and their commute safe. No cab is willing to go out of the airport security zone as they fear of mob attacks. Hope all the best for this country.

  5. Innocent bystander (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    Everyone is making a big deal out of an assasination of a corrupt former official that wasn’t particularly well liked in her homeland. Sixy years ago, before navel gazing media hungry for audience ratings, this would have rated squib status in The Times of London or the NYT but now media will hammer this like a seal pup on an ice flow and everyone will feel they must have an opinion. Certainly her death stirs the pot but the pot’s been simmering to boil for several years. Bhutto was/is a minor pawn in a much bigger game. Let’s forego the crocodile tears and move on.

  6. RJ (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 11:06 am

    First of all my heart goes out to Bhutto family, May Allah give them peace and courage to go through this ordeal. A sad event this is indeed, a great leader to some, an inspiration to others and for some Benazir Bhutto was an icon, a deacon of light which was expected to lead the democratic charge in our military hierarchy country.

    I all my life have been an independent; not supporting any one politician as they all at some point contradicts them and goes sideways from their actual goal. So much for the democratic process which since day one has been jeopardized by Change of convenience done in our constitution to feed Mr. Musharraf’s grip on his power. 2007 has seen the works of a leader who having called himself a Patriot and an ambassador of Justice did exactly the opposite of it, attacking a place of worship (which can not be justified no matter how dire the circumstances) resulting in making him a mockery in the Islamic world.

    Unjustifiably sacking the Chief Justice which resulted in violence and a sense of insecurity among general population. I have supported Mr. Musharraf in his efforts to revitalize Pakistani economy, but in his effort to keep the western support he lost track of his vision and did exactly what many political analysts predicted; He went against his People.

    What really was astonishing was when he brokered a deal with Mr. Nawaz Shareef to return from exile to take part in a political process. I don’t know who is advising him, but they sure are not doing that great of a Job.

    Coming to the tragic death of Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto, Mr. Musharraf with all his army experience and better judgement let her conduct her political rally in a city which have been a safe haven for terrorists in carrying out attacks on political figures, and I believe one against him as well . In recent footage showed by Interior Ministry of Pakistan it clearly shows that there was no safety network near Ms. Bhutto’s SUV and she was left vulnerable to attack. It’s known that in our political rallies its custom for Politicians to come out of their motorcade and reply to chanting crowd, no matter how insane that sounds but that is the truth. I only wonder what kind of people Mr. Musharaf have appointed as his head of security agencies who can not protect a politician, who has been a moving target since she arrived back in Pakistan.

    I am not going to write about any conspiracy theory here, but my friends we all know Mr. Musharraf has lost control of this country, and now since he is not the active army chief he is very vulnerable of being removed from the Presidency, and his newly appointed Chief of Army Staff wouldn’t be able to hold of a rebellion against him if it were to happen. In recent news, Muharaf has been scrutinized and his relationship with the Western world is being questioned, its not going to be long before some one inside Pakistan will step up and take realm of the Country which is in chaos and uncertainty. Pakistan is and always will be a secular country; we can not and should not try to implement a certain aspect of conducting our business.

    As I believe our Great Quaid got us the independence in the name of Islam, and if any person tries to attack that very core element of our life and that also especially ordered by forces outside our country will be held liable for it and will not be withstand by her people. Some of you might be thinking “oh, what load of bullocks”. My friends a person who orders the attack on a Mosque is no worse than the people who attacked Babri Mosque in India, and I believe we all agree is an enemy of the Country.

    May God help us all and keep us and our families safe. Ameen.

  7. OpenEyes (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

    Who is “GorBaChauf of Pakistan” ??? … in Zardari speech at CEC Press conference, naudero.

    Is it Musharaf and his companions….

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