Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Bhutto Saga...

Benazir Bhutto, her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, her brother Murtaza Bhutto and now she herself. All victims of the savagery of the Pakistani political set up.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (January 5, 1928 – April 4, 1979) was the President of Pakistan from 1971 to 1973 and as Prime Minister from 1973 to 1977. He was the founder of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP). He arrested for allegedly masterminding the assassination of a rival political leader. He however had claimed that all the evidence was fabricated by the General Zia-ul-Haq, who had overthrown the government and arrested most of PPP's leaders. Further more Zulfikar Bhutto was also accused of rigging the 1977 elections, by the General. He was tried by an alleged "partial" judiciary and sentenced to death. In spite of numerous International appeals to commute the sentence, General Zia was executed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto by hanging on April 4th 1979. This led to a widespread unrest in Pakistan.

Murtaza Bhutto (September 18, 1954 - September 20, 1996) was the eldest son of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. He took to arms after his father was put to gallows by the military dictator Zia-ul-Haq. He shifted his base to Afghanistan, where a post-Soviet invasion communist government was more than willing to provide him with sanctuary and training.
In 1996, he accused police of unfairly targeting his organization and denied playing any part in bombings in Karachi. Several hours after the conference, he was shot and killed along with six supporters during an altercation with the police. The police stated that Murtaza and his supporters had refused to allow police to search their vehicles as part of security measures imposed since the bombings, and that they were fired upon first.The police officer commanding was shot in the foot from an angle that could only have come from his own gun. Shortly afterwards the police officer committed suicide by shooting himself in the head several times.

Benazir Bhutto (21 June 1953 – 27 December 2007) was the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state, having been twice elected Prime Minister of Pakistan.Bhutto went into self-imposed exile in Dubai, in 1998 after charges of alleged corruption was filed on her. She returned to Pakistan on October 18, 2007, after reaching an understanding with General Musharraf.On 18 October 2007, suicide-bomb attack occurred shortly after Bhutto had landed and left Jinnah International Airport. She was not injured but the explosions but killed 136 people and injured at least 450.However on December 27, 2007, in a combined suicide bomb attack and shooting during a political rally of the Pakistan Peoples Party in the Liaquat National Bagh in Rawalpindi, she was assassinated in cold blood.

She knew the danger she was in, when she returned to Pakistan. Yet she did to rescue Pakistan from the hands of a iron fisted, arrogant, anti-democratic dictator. To do that, she was the most welcome and popular figure to re-establish democracy in Pakistan. Was it terrorists or does the assassination have another story to it? Something like this happening in Rawalpindi, a military stronghold, is a sign of either conspiracy or security failure. Considering that it happened in Pakistan one may never know. As with its many mysteries and political fiascoes, this shall go down as well into their dark pages of history. Benazir Bhutto would have come as a welcome relief towards the peace process between India and Pakistan. India considered her to be a much more idealistic and rational leader than the General. The consequences of the assassination will unfold in a few days and till then the future of Pakistan remains bleak and uncertain. For now all that can be done is express deepest sympathy to the Mrs.Bhutto's family members and the people of Pakistan.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas...!!!