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The party of Benazir Bhutto has already picked a new candidate. But you wouldn’t know who by the individual who was doing the talking at the latest press conference. Bhutto’s husband spoke longer and more often than Bhutto’s son or the new candidate that will represent the opposition party in place of Benazir Bhutto.
Yet Fahim predicted that Zardari would be the kingmaker — consolidating his hold on the party by creating his own clique of advisers — and that some of those close to Bhutto would fade away.– per the IHT article linked above.
I don’t know about you, my dear reader, but its a crap-shoot in Pakistan. There are plenty of folks that want to change the status quo in the PPP party. The Pakistan Peoples Party has held together with bailing wire and rhetoric.
Stay tuned..this story is far from over.
The doctors who attended to Benazir Bhutto have run as fast as they can from the government’s version of how she died. You remember that one don’t you? The ‘hitting her head on a lever’ line? From the NYT writeup:
Athar Minallah, a board member of the hospital where Ms. Bhutto was treated, released her medical report along with an open letter showing that her doctors wanted to distance themselves from the government theory that Ms. Bhutto had died by hitting her head on a lever of her car’s sunroof during the attack.
In his letter, Mr. Minallah, who is also a prominent lawyer, said the doctors believed that an autopsy was needed to provide the answers to how she actually died. Their request for one last Thursday was denied by the local police chief.
Seems to be quite the cover-up doesn’t it? Her husband didn’t want an autopsy, the government didn’t want an autopsy..but her doctors and everyone else in the world want one.
In other news..Bhutto’s 19-year old son will lead the PPP party..assisted of course by his father, Asif Ali Zardari. That is one helluva load to put on a kid that isn’t even old enough to drink yet. In another surprise move, Nawaz Sharif, another former prime minister, also decided Sunday to call off his previously announced boycott of the vote. From the NYT writeup:
The announcement that Ms. Bhutto’s first-born son, Bilawal, an Oxford undergraduate with no political experience, would lead her party was made at a chaotic news conference at the family’s ancestral home here in a southern Pakistan village.
His father, Asif Ali Zardari, said he would manage the chairmanship on his son’s behalf until he finished his university degree, for a minimum of three years.
To make it interesting, Bilawal is changing his last name from Zardari to his mothers maiden name..Bhutto. Things in Pakistan keep getting curiouser and curiouser..
Al-Qaeda did it. Its all Al-Qaeda’s fault. Every nasty, horrific thing that has transpired in the last 6 years is the fault of Al-Qaeda. This includes of course the killing of Benazir Bhutto.
So why is it then that Robert Fisk draws many parallels today in his piece for the Independent that go directly to Musharraf? From Fisk’s article:
Question: Who forced Benazir Bhutto to stay in London and tried to prevent her return to Pakistan? Answer: General Musharraf.
Question: Who ordered the arrest of thousands of Benazir’s supporters this month? Answer: General Musharraf.
Question: Who placed Benazir under temporary house arrest this month? Answer: General Musharraf.
Question: Who declared martial law this month? Answer General Musharraf.
Question: who killed Benazir Bhutto?
Er. Yes. Well quite.
Tomorrows Independent has a good read up as well on this subject. Like, why didn’t Bhutto’s husband want an autopsy? In fact, according to the current Prime Minister of Pakistan..her husband insisted that there not be an autopsy. From Sunday’s edition:
Suspicions over the complicity of Pervez Musharraf’s government in the killing were fueled by its failure to order a postmortem, regardless of Mr Zardari’s wishes, and the fact that the scene of the bombing was washed down with a high-pressure hose within an hour, removing potential forensic evidence. Under the criminal law of Pakistan, an autopsy should have been mandatory, according to a leading lawyer, Athar Minallah.
“It is absurd because without autopsy it is not possible to investigate,” he said. “Is the state not interested in reaching the perpetrators of this heinous crime, or was there a cover-up?”
Christ, what a mess, what a coverup..what a freaking bunch of hooey.
Musharraf..not so much. Billions of our bucks can’t get that fuckwit to wipe out the Al-Qaeda strongholds.
Her family history of assassination had to of crossed her mind many times since she went home to Pakistan. Now, there is no one to step into her shoes.
Kind of leaves the field open for Musharraf doesn’t it? He gained by her death today. Methinks he was culpable. A strong woman in a Muslim nation is a threat and she had to have known that.
She would of created a secular government. Her muslim faith was anchored in moderation. She was educated at Harvard and Oxford for the love of pete. This woman had to of known the risks and still went forward with her movement to bring Democracy to Pakistan.
Bush of course is backing the wrong horse..figures. Like Musharraf he gave lip service to Bhutto’s murder today, giving all of 10 minutes of his time to speak to his BFF Musharraf about what today’s assassination means to the upcoming elections in Pakistan.
Bhutto had mainstream support and she knew it and Musharraf knew it. Now, its all gone to shit and the status quo will be maintained as long as Musharraf stays in power.
The status quo is Al-Qaeda will continue to to reign and Musharraf will continue to stall and take our money with a smile on his lips.
Damn fucking shame if you ask me. Fucking criminal too…
She was far from perfect but she was a better alternative than Musharraf. At a rally this morning she was shot and killed with at least 20 of her supporters murdered in the process as well. From the MSNBC article:
A party security adviser said Bhutto was shot in the neck and chest as she got into her vehicle, then the gunman blew himself up. No group has claimed responsibility.
An Associated Press reporter at the scene of the bombing could see body parts and flesh scattered at the back gate of the park where Bhutto had spoken. He counted about 20 bodies, including police, and could see many other wounded people.
Musharraf gave lip service to her killing saying; “I want to express my resolve and seek the cooperation from the entire nation and we will not rest until we eliminate these terrorists and root them out.“-If he wanted to get rid of the wingnuts, he has had years to do so. He is part of the problem, not the answer to Pakistan’s problems.
Bhutto’s return to Pakistan had fueled the opposition to Musharraf’s military regime. She originally had aligned herself with her former nemisis Nawaz Sharif, but that didn’t last long since she wanted to institute talks with the Musharraf regime and Sharif refused to take part in such negotiations.
Bhutto and her husband had been tried in abstentia for corruption, the ruling was later overturned.
How this will affect the scheduled elections in January is unknown at this point. It was a three-way horserace between Musharraf, Bhutto and Sharif. A nuclear-laden country, Pakistan has received over $10 million in ‘aid’ from the US to fight terrorism.
That has worked out well hasn’t it?
Online Pakistani tv here. Kinda choppy however.
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