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Christ, anyone else watching this unfold?
which is rather daft, considering it's our main source of news updates.
I heard there was like a suicide bombing or something?
First reports said she was out before the blast, then that she was injured, now that she's dead.
according to military spokesman
Both reuters and Pakistani television are saying she's dead.
says she is dead.
Still, Musharraf can extend the state of emergency now and delay the elections.
have gone back so saying injured
She'd only just returned from self-imposed exile hadn't she?
I guess we gave it our best shot, but now we're definitely all doomed.
Benazir Bhutto Killed In Attack
Updated:13:41, Thursday December 27, 2007
Pakistan Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has died after a suicide attack at a political rally.
"At 6.16 p.m. she expired," said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto's party at Rawalpindi General Hospital.
It was believed to be a suicide attack"She has been martyred," said party offical Rehman Malik.
The explosion went off just after Ms Bhutto left the rally in Rawalpindi, minutes after her speech to thousands of people.
Her supports have smashed windows at the entrance to the hospital where she was being treated, some calling "Dog, Musharraf, dog,".
It is the first major attack since President General Pervez Musharraf lifted emergency rule two weeks ago.
At least 15 people died in the attack in the heart of Pakistan's military and parliamentary district.
This is tragic. :(
Civil war ahoy?
And they're a nuclear power. Gulp.
I think the sky may genuinely be falling this time.
The amount of assassination attempts she's had is insane.
Her death will be a big deal though, maybe more powerful than anything she could have done alive.
It was on the cards that this was going to happen.
i've been getting updates on this situation from my pakistani friend on our lunch breaks at the warehouse i temp at.
something tells me he wont be heartbroken about this development.
guess it's true. jesus.
Conspiracy theories are shooting off in my head. Even the beeb are hinting at it:
'Analysts note that Rawalpindi, a garrison city, is seen as one of the country's most secure cities, making the attack even more embarrassing for the military authorities.'
as a fact.
It would be embarrassing wherever it happened.
But the fact that it happened in a government garrison town suggests that it was government approved/planned (more likely the former).
To me, the Beeb mentioning the fact that the attack happened in 'one of the country's most secure cities' sounded a bit alluding. Maybe not.
of Musharraf as responsible for the recent attempt on her life and stopped short at naming him although the implications were clear
a military dictatorship we support as they, erm, are against people who would misuse and abuse power. That whole area is a clusterfuck. She was never going to survive, a woman who spoke her mind and advocated change from the old ways
RIP Benazir Bhutto
therefore she asked for it.
Interesting first post.
you'd also be advocating the murder of a large percentage of people in UK politics/public life who've been caught with their fingers in the till. Still, nice to see proportionate response is alive and well
as if shit couldn't the fan any bigger than this, it has. i fear that this is the start of something horrible.
...or it could be the continuation of something tedious.
Bhutto was an opportunist. She cared as much for democracy as Brown or Bush does. She has never answered the corruption accusations. International threats forced the Pakistani governemnt to allow her to return with charges not pursued against her.
Why all the horror reactions about the future? She had almost been forgotten about. Some idiot even mentioned Pakistan's nuclear capability as if political opponents in the country are going to start firing nuclear missiles at oneanother!
Musharraf is a general not a politician and governs like a general; he is in a no win situation. Pakistan does need to be governed in a different way, but capitalist and celebrity-lover Bhutto was not the answer.
because democracy appears to be a dirty word there at the moment. The country is caught in a military dictatorship under the guise of protecting the country from being ruled by islamic militants. As long as this card is played the west will support the military and turn a blind eye to the denial of democratic choice of leader
Bhutto may not have met with your approval but she was one of the best of a bad bunch so to speak and I'd have thought her murder would have penetrated your cynical outlook as it was a kick in the teeth to anyone who didn't want the country to be ruled by the army and islamic hardliners. So the west will continue to look the other way, Afghanistan and Iran, while leaving Iraq in turmoil, while nutcases from Britain and Saudi etc who want to kill infidels train in Pakistan
add to this America willing to wage war for oil as armour to go up against China etc tradewise and the New American Century looks like it's maybe going to be an interesting one for all the wrong reasons
politics/business/religion/military, fuck 'em all, meh :(