Former prime minister and chairperson of the Pakistan People’s Party Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun and suicide attack minutes after she addressed a huge election rally at Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi on Thursday, December 27.
Shots were fired at her before a suicide bomber blew himself up near her bullet-proof jeep as it pulled out of the Liaquat Bagh gate. Bullets pierced her neck and damaged her trachea, which proved fatal. The attacker blew himself up as guards attempted to overpower him. More than 28 people were killed and some 100 injured, including Benazir’s political secretary Naheed Khan and Sherry Rehman in the attack.
Nothing worse could have happened to Pakistan than what hit this country on Thursday. The word tragedy seems to have lost its meaning for how and at what juncture of our chequered history Benazir Bhutto has been killed. This is far greater than a tragedy. May Allah guard our country.
It is a sad day for Pakistan and for the people of Pakistan. The country has lost one of its two most popular political leaders at a time when it was preparing for general elections. Everyone is in a state of shock and no one is sure as to what is going to happen next. Thinking about the coming days sends a chilling wave down one’s spine. Already riots have broken in different parts of the country and there is an enormous damage to public and private property caused by the infuriated PPP supporters.
If we could survive this one of the most serious jolts of our political history? Do we have the kind of leadership that could bring Pakistan out of this quandary? Already Pakistan was passing through what could be termed the real testing times of its history.
The fundamental question is as to who did this to Pakistan?