The assassination of the former prime minister and main opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto

I am not into politics but last night was a shocking news that I heard in my car while driving home. I reached home at about 9pm local time and heard about this news headline “Benazir Bhutto, former Pakistani Premier was killed in an attack after a rally”. I tuned to CNN, BBC and later Aljazeera all shown the shocking news.

Getty Images photographer John Moore captured Benazir Bhutto waving, moments before he heard gunshots.

Last images of Bhutto(video) 6:20
CNN’s Nicole Lapin talks with photographer John Moore, who shot some of the last images of Bhutto and heard shots fired.

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Benazir Bhutto assassinated

Source: CNN | Added December 27, 2007

Bhutto assassinated at rally(video) 3:23

CNN’s Arwa Damon reports on former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder at a political rally.

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Below is a selection of reaction to the death of Benazir Bhutto. Read more reaction here.

“Canada condemns in the strongest terms this attack on the restoration of Pakistan’s efforts to return to full democracy.”
– Canadian Foreign Affairs minister Maxime Bernier, in a written statement

“The United States strongly condemns this cowardly act by murderous extremists who are trying to undermine Pakistan’s democracy. Those who committed this crime must be brought to justice.”
– U.S. President George W. Bush

“I was deeply shocked and horrified to hear of the heinous assassination. In her death, the subcontinent has lost an outstanding leader who worked for democracy and reconciliation in her country.”
– Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh

“(Bhutto’s assassination) is not only bad for Pakistan, it is bad for the entire region.”
– former Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh

“Benazir Bhutto showed in her words and actions a deep commitment to her country. She knew the risks of her return to campaign but was convinced that her country needed her. This is a time for restraint but also unity.”
– British Foreign Secretary
David Miliband

“(Benazir Bhutto was) a woman who chose to fight her battle until the end with a single weapon — the one of dialogue and political debate.”
– Italian premier Romano Prodi

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday’s assassination of Benazir Bhutto was an act of “immense brutality” by the “enemies” of Pakistan and of peace.
Star wire services

This is what Bhutto told reporter Gail Sheehy ( about a possible terrorist attacks against her.

“I am what the terrorists most fear,” Benazir Bhutto told me in a two-hour, face-to-face interview in late November at her home outside Karachi, Pakistan.

She was also the figure President Pervez Musharraf most feared as a rival, as expressed to me by the beleaguered leader’s close confidant, Humayun Gauhar: “If the Americans can have a government led by Bhutto, they will get what Musharraf has refused them. She will allow NATO boots on the ground in our tribal areas and a chance to neuter our nuclear weapons,” said Gauhar. This is exactly why the American government was eager to see Bhutto gain or share power with the Musharraf’s highly unpopular regime.

So I have few questions: Does she deserve to be killed in this manner? Does she miscalculated the timing of her return to Pakistan? Does the third time attempt to be a Pakistan Premier a costly mistake? Does her own doings and her own mouth anger certain people in Pakistan?

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