Category Archives: Zardari

Makhdoom Amin Fahim will run in Bhutto’s spot.

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.

Bring your hip-waders, its getting thick..

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..