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Chaos in Pakistan

Posted By Sunny On 19th October, 2007 @ 4:39 am In Current affairs, Pakistan | 53 Comments

[1] Oh god.

At least 132 people were killed and hundreds injured late on Thursday night as suspected suicide bombers targeted former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on her return from eight years in self-imposed exile.

Two explosions went off a minute apart shortly after midnight near Karsaz close to the vehicle Ms Bhutto was travelling in, at the head of a procession of hundreds of thousands of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) supporters who had flooded the streets of Karachi to welcome the return of their leader. The attack bore the hallmarks of Al Qaeda and resembled assassination attempts by militants linked to the terrorist network on President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in recent years.

Pakistan

PP contributor Fe’reeha sent me this yesterday (before the attack happened):

In recent months Benazir’s political conduct has been fiercely criticised by sceptics with even senior members of a party like Aitzaz Ahsan showing disappointment at PP’s apparent unison with military government of President Musharraf.

An oxford graduate and the first ever woman to become PM of a Muslim country, Ms Bhutto holds all the right moderate credentials which have made her the darling of the western world. Her open support for the US War on Terror and condemnation of the Taliban, topped with her new found vocal condemnation of Dr Qadir of Pakistan, has made her just what the (US) doctor ordered.

Another fear was that President Musharraf, who had vowed to cleanse Pakistan of all corrupt Pakistani politicians when he came to power in 1999 after a bloodless coup, had become so unpopular that any deal with him would tarnish PPP’s public image. Moreover, some have said Bhutto’s deal with the government betrays the PPP’s history of fighting military rule.

Yet the outpouring of emotion on the streets yesterday at her return cannot be easily ignored. At best it portrays the support PPP would always hold despite the scandals and corruption charges, and at worst it reflects how deeply Pakistan is still in the clutches of the feudal network. The two upholders of Pakistan’s so-called promising moderate future, Ms Bhutto and President Musharraf, still depend on this uneducated and unenlightened code of conduct for their base.


53 Comments To "Chaos in Pakistan"

#1 Comment By bikhair aka taqiyyah On 19th October, 2007 @ 6:33 am

Dam Pakistanians!

#2 Comment By bikhair aka taqiyyah On 19th October, 2007 @ 6:57 am

More to the point. There is a level of hatred and evil in some people that places them outside of humanity. I dont think they are human.

I hope all those who perished are placed in the higest levels of paradise.

#3 Comment By Michael Knight On 19th October, 2007 @ 7:51 am

This is very very sad, may the dead RIP.

I can’t understand why Bhutto (or her party) decided to make such an extravagant entrance….she could easily have come into the country quietly or taken a helicopter from Karachi instead of making that bus journey.

#4 Comment By Letters From A Tory On 19th October, 2007 @ 8:15 am

I have a horrible feeling that there is a lot more going on in Pakistan than the mainstream UK media reports. Despite the governments ’support’ for the war in Iraq and Afghanisation, the voters in Pakistan are not quite so content.

[2] http://lettersfromatory.wordpress.com

#5 Comment By Sofi On 19th October, 2007 @ 9:44 am

what a huge tragedy.

#6 Comment By Rumbold On 19th October, 2007 @ 9:54 am

I agree with Bikhair- the people that did this are inhuman scum.

#7 Comment By Sofia On 19th October, 2007 @ 10:01 am

May those who died rest in peace. I don’t understand why musharraf allowed her to come to karachi. He knew there were death threats…why did he cordone off large areas when sharif came back..he could have done the same for bb. Why the hell is she back anyway…funny how those corruption charges have suddenly been dropped…where’s that lying shit of a husband of hers..or has she conveniently managed to deflect interest away from him too…

#8 Comment By sonia On 19th October, 2007 @ 10:45 am

terrible news. its ridiculous what’s going on in the world these days. people making such a big deal about one person coming back - what kind of idiots blow themselves up because a bloody ex-prime minister came back? cos someone told them to?

hallmarks of al-qaeda? it seems to be plenty of people’s chosen method nowadays.

i hope bangladesh doesn’t start to go down this route. bloody dictators, the bangladeshis might think the Pakistani ‘govt’ is getting away with it, why not us?

#9 Comment By sonia On 19th October, 2007 @ 10:46 am

mind you, of course no doubt they thought their “intervention” was needed and important, moral, who knows? perhaps they regard the 132 people as ‘casualty’ - you know - the end justifies the means and all that CRAP>

people can be such shits.

#10 Comment By sonia On 19th October, 2007 @ 10:49 am

musharraf has no right to keep anyone out of any country. he had no right to set up the country as a dictatorship in the first place. this mess is a big mess- and clearly shows how fucked up the situation has become in pakistan.

p.s. bikhair and rumbold - unfortunately, it seems all too ‘human’ to be ‘inhuman’ - so perhaps we should start re-labelling what it is to be ‘human’ - death and destruction it seems to me. ( justified in different circumstances by different people with different reasons - always though, there appears to be an element of ‘i know whats good for you even if you don’t, and even if that involves your death.

#11 Comment By sonia On 19th October, 2007 @ 10:51 am

i dont see people who support death as a ‘liberal’ intervention can go around talking about inhumanity though - how the hell do you know how ‘human’ some Iraqi mothers thought the death of their children were? really come on..when it comes to that level, you aint going to give a flying fuck about the reason for your child’s death - YOU are going to think THEY are inhuman.

#12 Comment By sonia On 19th October, 2007 @ 10:53 am

that - is the unfortunate reality of ‘interventions’ - liberal or not. something can be a ‘liberal intervention’ in theory and the practice of it will depend on the person feeling the shrapnel.

so the issue is, how do you avoid such ‘inhumanity’ >>>??? you try damn hard.

and maybe global disarmament might be a (dare i say it) progressive effort?

oh no we cant have that can we - what would our f***ing nation-states do for a living?

really shitty this world, yes i thoroughly agree.

#13 Comment By Sunny On 19th October, 2007 @ 11:27 am

Well, there’s no point blaming Bhutto or Musharraf. The Taliban lot promised bomb attacks if she came back. Presumably they would rather have a dictatorship in place so they can keep going on aboout illegitimate govts funded by the US.

#14 Comment By Rumbold On 19th October, 2007 @ 11:57 am

Sonia:

“I dont see people who support death as a ‘liberal’ intervention can go around talking about inhumanity though.”

I am not sure that this is the right place for a debate, but the difference between liberal interventionists and terrorists is that for the former a civilian death is a tragedy, while for the latter it is a triumph.

That is all I am going to say on the subject on this thread.

#15 Comment By Sofia On 19th October, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

Sunny - I do think both BB and PM were irrresponsible in the arrangements of the former’s arrival in Pakistan.

#16 Comment By Sheikh Yassin On 19th October, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

I think if Bhutto ever came to power in Pakistan, her government would be both illegitimate, and would be supported by the US.

#17 Comment By Fe’reeha Idrees On 19th October, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

The Taliban lot promised bomb attacks if she came back. Presumably they would rather have a dictatorship in place so they can keep going on aboout illegitimate govts funded by the US.

It may be interesting to know that the Taliban was supported and given legitamcy during Benazir Bhutto;s government, I doubt the Taliban could be behind these attacks, unless the reason was only the crackpot mentality of not letting a woman rule Pakistan.

#18 Comment By Sofia On 19th October, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

I’m just mad at the fact that as usual it’s ordinary people that are dying because of corrupt “leaders’” political agendas. Oh and yes of course it was news on like page 5 of the metro..not saying that’s a quality newspaper, but it does highlight that terrorist killings only matter when it’s America or Britain

#19 Comment By zubair On 19th October, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

Yet another example of why religion has to be extricated from politics. The resurgence of religious fundamenatlism and the violence associated with it is a reminder of its incopatability with a civilised society.

#20 Comment By Sofia On 19th October, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

zubair.. religion is an excuse in some cases..it’s used as a tool to black mail the masses…

#21 Comment By Kesara On 19th October, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

Oh and yes of course it was news on like page 5 of the metro..not saying that’s a quality newspaper, but it does highlight that terrorist killings only matter when it’s America or Britain

It is headlining on BBC & CNN…they’re just not too keen to call it a terrorist attack. LoL @ reading the Metro for news.

I’m just mad at the fact that as usual it’s ordinary people that are dying because of corrupt “leaders’” political agendas.

Spare a thought for the men/women who assembled and detonated those explosives? No terrorist schmuck - no boom boom.

#22 Comment By Sofi On 19th October, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

>>where’s that lying shit of a husband of hers..

he’s in dubai, according to the BBC AN. He was on earlier and blames the government.

#23 Comment By Sofi On 19th October, 2007 @ 12:43 pm

>>@ reading the Metro for news.

oi..i quite like the metro (given that i started off reading the Lite due to circumstances beyond my cotnrol)! they had a pic of Bhutto. i mean why not one of the carnage the bomb left. how about a photo of the suicide bomber instead?

#24 Comment By Sofia On 19th October, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

Kesara…plz re read what i said after the metro comment…also most ppl don’t read the guardian, independent or any of the broadsheets but rather the Sun, Daily Mail etc…and if you live in London, then yes, the Metro, london lite etc. I was making a point on wat the average jo would be reading in London on their way to work…nothing more nothing less..let’s see what is on the front page of Lite etc this evening…
as for the ppl that did this, i’d rather not spare a thought for them. Murdering innocent ppl as a tactic of warfare whether by individuals or governments is in my opinion, wrong, unethical, cruel and stinks of hypocrisy…

#25 Comment By Sofi On 19th October, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

it can be classed as Liberal Interventionism though.

#26 Comment By Sofia On 19th October, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

Sofi yes I know…and I don’t always agree with it..and i did say a direct tactic…ie carpet bombing..suicide bombing…

#27 Comment By Jakey On 19th October, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

The Daughter Of The East should have seen something like this coming. Musharraf did warn Bhuto about a possible suicide attack but Bhutto scoffed it off with “I do not believe that any true Muslim would attack me because I am a woman and Islam forbids attacks against women. Secondly Islam forbids suicide.” Time for a reality check Benazir. Pakistan is a mess.

She is reviled by Pakistan’s conservative religious forces and those who want her to face corruption charges. She’s just a pawn in the hands of the West to introduce some democracy in Pakistan and let Musharraf continue as president.

Benazir, I wish you good luck because you’re going to need it!

#28 Comment By zubair On 19th October, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

Presumably, Just shortly after each of the 2 suicide bombers died, two angels despached by Allah swooped up their spirits from the bloody carnage of Pakistan’s 9/11 and transported them up to heaven where 72 virgins awaaited ther arrival.
Make no mistake about the significance of this event in the world’s second confessional state-it marks the beginning of a new chapter in Pakistan’s long history of instability

#29 Comment By Sofia On 19th October, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

Zubair..boy aren’t you Mr doom and gloom…do you wear a mask? And I’m sure you’ve been reading the terrorist handbook for all your information…it’s a best seller don’t you know…

#30 Comment By Sofia On 19th October, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

and if you think this is pakistan’s 9/11 you really do need to read a bit more mate

#31 Comment By Sofi On 19th October, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

I reckon Zubair is on the very same deluded medication that those he speaks about take.

#32 Comment By zubair On 19th October, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

The bombing of Benazir Bhutto’s motorcade in Karachi signals a new level of integration of the politcal arena of Afghanistan and Pakistan. If, as now seems likely, the attack is traced back to the “Pakistani” Taliban of South Waziristan and al-Qaida, it will constitute a strike at the center of the Pakistani political process by groups based on the frontier who are part of both the transnational Afghan-Pakistani Taliban movement and the transnational global al-Qaida movement.

#33 Comment By Sofia On 19th October, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

oh here we go

#34 Comment By lost On 19th October, 2007 @ 2:24 pm

I watched the NDTV interview of Benezir with Barkha, it was interesting as she confessed that there were forces in Pakistan who would try to assasinate her. But, she said that she was ready to take that challenge. From a womens view point I admire the lady for her courage in a country steeped with partriachalism, radicalism and dictartorialism.

#35 Comment By Sunny On 19th October, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

Well, she had 200,000 or so people lining the streets - she’s not exactly at loss for some support, as Fe’reeha says above.

Benazir should be allowed to contest the elections. Either way, the only culprits are the suicide bombers here. Blaming Musharraf is also a non-starter since he stationed around 20,000 police. It’s impossible to guarantee nothing won’t happen, c’mon!

#36 Comment By Sofia On 19th October, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

My point was that they knew of the death threats and therefore should have done something less high profile. Leadership responsibility has to play its part as well as terrorist culpability.

#37 Comment By zubair On 19th October, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

Dear James,
If the creator of us all is indeed omnipotent then he would have had the power to prevent these outrages, he wouldn’t need to appeal to the better parts of our human all too human natures. As long as morality is predicated on our ability to “hear” God and not on our human capacity for human reason such outrages will continue as the recent suicide bombings all too clearly show

#38 Comment By Sofi On 19th October, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

i’m inclined to agree with Sofia on this. she is reported to have said “she vows to restore democracy to the people in pakistan and her return is for her people only etc etc” yawn, yet she exposed those very same people to the extreme factions. why was her entourage proceeding so slowly down those streets? surely there were smarter ways of getting back into the country. but no, she had to make a public show of it. abit of ego massaging and for people to sit up and say “wow she really has so much support behind her” more than anything. in fact, she actually gave those extreme nincompoops a whole month to prepare for yesterday’s incidence.

no, she and the government must take some responsibility. of course the extreme factions will - and possibly go further and boast about it -but since by their very undiplomatic, extremee, nature, that would hardly be of any use at the moment.

#39 Comment By Sofi On 19th October, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

zubair, you are worryingly aligning yourself to those dogmatic extreme nincompoops!

>>As long as morality is predicated on our ability to “hear” God and not on our human capacity for human reason such outrages will continue as the recent suicide bombings all too clearly show

“human reasoning” is by its very nature inherent in one’s nature. the recent suicide bomblings show there are deluded, mentally unstable, people in this world. but theyre just puppets. the real masters are those who are funding their causes.

#40 Comment By zubair On 19th October, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

Dear sofi,
Its a dangerous fallacy to conveniently explain away evil using mental illness or mental instability. There seems to be an almost myopic inability amongst a large cross section of the Asian community and elsewhere to entertain the idea that religion might be a key factor in explaining such behaviour we’ve just witnessed in Karachi.
I am somewhat perplexed by your suggestion that I am somehow “aligning” myself with “those dogmatic extreme nincompoops” by my highlighting and criticisng the religious logic which the “nincompoops” used to morally justify their actions.

#41 Comment By El Cid On 19th October, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

commiserations. terrible tragedy

on a lighter note, what’s all this nonsense about the metro?
It’s a london paper which is given freely to commuters to while away the time on stuffed tubes. it’s not a proper newspaper, let alone a national paper.
it’s meant to be very basic, unlike it’s sister paper The Standard which you have to pay 50 pence for.
what you expect?
you want proper news? then shell out some plata and get a quality broadsheet.

#42 Comment By Sofi On 19th October, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

im quite impressed with the metro. for a freebie it covers most of the news coverred on one of the bbc’s radio stations! i wish they could cut down on the coverage given to spears, hilton, winehouse, moss and her ex’s etc though.

#43 Comment By sonia On 19th October, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

Rumbold: I was hardly ‘debating’ - rather pointing out what is my observation.

To make it crystal clear: I was simply pointing out - in the context of your ‘inhumanity’ comment, that - in my opinion - any person whose child/loved one was murdered, would be inclined, emotionally, to view whoever was responsible, as ‘inhuman’. Regardless of any moral or theoretical justification that may accompany said murderer’s actions - which may well reflect- in some other people’s eyes, a triumph of some abstract principle or other.

That was simply my point, I am surprised you did not get it, perhaps you were being defensive of your support for intervention X or Y - which frankly I care very little about - your support one way or the other. I was not arguing about the theoretical principles, I was responding to your comments of ‘inhumanity’ - which is an emotional response, as far as I can see.

Again, I was pointing out, that just because - in some situation or other - you - or anyone else - may feel some actions are triumph of some good wonderful principle, it doesn’t mean that some distraught mother isn’t thinking - what a fucking inhuman situation-this is.

So my comment, was about personal experience, not some debate about the ‘difference’ of various interventions. Emotional distress on the part of the victim’s family, or victim, is the same - regardless of political point-scoring.

I thought this comment was pertinent - if not, Sunny can feel free to delete this comment. As far as I can see, those lucky to be able to talk about chaotic situations that affect other people, perhaps need to think about the emotional experience of being in such chaotic situations - beyond their simple left/right or whatever political inclinations they have. And that - all chaotic situations - regardless of justification - have many things in common. This kind of emotional distress that I am talking about - is one of them.

#44 Comment By Sofi On 19th October, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

>>Its a dangerous fallacy to conveniently explain away evil using mental illness or mental instability.

so you wouldnt class the bombers as “…deluded, mentally unstable..” ?

>>I am somewhat perplexed by your suggestion that I am somehow “aligning” myself with “those dogmatic extreme nincompoops” by my highlighting and criticisng the religious logic which the “nincompoops” used to morally justify their actions.

my point being you appeared to be robotically (just like those guys claims to be doing it for their religion - you claim religion is the sole blame) saying the same thing over and over again. hence my comparison to those guys. apologies if it caused any offence.

sonia: i thought your comments to rumbold were completely called for. quite frankly, i dont understand how rumbold can class this as inhuman and not see how those who carried out such attacks would be thinking the same thing rumbold did on the war on iraq. double standards?

#45 Comment By douglas clark On 19th October, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

Sonia,

I agree with much of what you have to say. One man’s liberal intervention is another families dead child.

What is required, I think, is a far greater emphasis on resolving human conflict without resort to war or terror. That is the challenge that we seem unable to face. Almost as if, as a species, we only have the fight / flight options.

If that is so, then our much vaunted ‘intelligence’ is a complete waste of brain space. Monkeys and the like seem to be able to resolve conflict better than we can.

For fucks sake, can we not do better than this?

I have no answer, but I think you have the right question.

#46 Comment By douglas clark On 19th October, 2007 @ 6:08 pm

Just to take that arguement forward a little. I used to be quite happy to believe that ‘This Britain’ was a place of equality under the law. And then we discover that our government considers allowing rendition through our airports is A-OK, until they’re found out. We discover, on this site, in the last week, that the Foreign Office has a dual policy on supporting Britons abroad, which is undeclared racism. We find spin defeating evidence when it comes to Al Gores’ An Inconvenient Truth. We find folk that think they know better than statisticians how many folk have died, for the sake of a Liberal intervention, in Iraq.

I get very, very tired of the lies and deceit that float around as if they were of equal validity to truth. It is like Ying and Yang, sure Truth contains lies and Lies contain truth, but it is as if we have lost the ability to distiguish between what is right and what is wrong.

It is our judgement that is being called into question.

#47 Comment By Leila On 19th October, 2007 @ 6:50 pm

This bombing, as all other ones, is inhuman and a tragedy! I just got CHOCKED when I saw this video about the bombing and the number of people who got hurt: [3] http://www.weshow.com/us/p/19993/blast_targets_former_pm_benazir_bhutto.
Is just scaring and impressing…

#48 Comment By zubair On 19th October, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

James,
The problem with this line of argument
[”why would god whose greatest GIFT to ALL mankind in their individual time spans on earth is FREEWILL stop/prevent an atrocity that is/was committed entirely of an individuals freewill!!!] is that it is vacuous. The issue remains, and your response fails to answer it, Why a loving omnipotent God would allow such evil to occur notwithstanding your assertion that its because God doesn’t want to interfere with man’s free will (this is the vacuous bit of your argument). Of course their’s the precedent of God playing around with Abraham to test his free will, but this at best should be taken metaphorically as should all religious texts which purport to be authored by some supernatural entity.
Its when suicide bombers take literally the truth of these texts that politically irrational behaviour results.

#49 Comment By Don On 19th October, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

Presumably god prioritised the free will of the killers over that of the murdered?

But he tortures them later, so that’s all right.

#50 Comment By zubair On 19th October, 2007 @ 10:19 pm

James,
Indeed there is a deep mystery to existence but this is entirely compatable with a scientific worldview as you yourself eloquently put it in your account of science’s delving into the wonder of the universe.
The trouble is that as soon as this sense of mystery is reductively conceived in terms of a deity this sense of awe gets expressed as empty rituals or adheherence to empty rituals.
So your right in one sense(yes mysticism is valid) but dangerously wrong in another(rituals can only be metaphors not true knowledge). Don’t mistake the finger pointing at the moon for the moon itself.

#51 Comment By Fouad On 20th October, 2007 @ 9:55 am

First Explaining the October 18th Karachi Crowd that gathered under the PPP banner

People of Pakistan love Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto whose name is a magnet for ALL WHO WANT TO RESIST INJUSTICE, LIBERATE THE PEOPLE FROM A SOCIO- ECONOMIC WEB OF EXPLOITATION AND HUMILIATION AND FIGHT THE BLOODY FRAUD OF LIBERALISM VERSUS EXTREMISM CIRCUS which the minions of Pakistan’s elitist state supported by a mercenary military and intelligence establishment are playing to deceive the international community(Where they want to attain certain foreign policy goals vis a vis the Americans and the western Europe) and maintain a rapine, exploitative socio-economic status-quo in the country. Benazir NEEDS NOT BE MISTAKEN, SHE SHALL HAVE TO DELIVER ON THE BHUTTO’S ‘HOPE AND SLOGAN’ of freedoms, justice, a dignified and prosperous life for the men and women on the streets and an egalitarian society in order to be VINDICATED IN THE PEOPLE’S COURT. Almost 90% of the people going to welcome her from the NWFP explained that they were GOING THERE TO SEE ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTTO REINCARNATED to rid the country of the fraud of WAR ON TERRORISM. Coz here we ALL KNOW WHO ACTUALLY ARE THE TERRORISTS. THEY ARE NONE OTHER THAN THE QS AND FUNCTIONALS AND FAZLUR REHMANS AND PATRIOTS AND GENERALS. BAIT ULLAH Mehsood—a gangster not worth even a bullet, late Abdullah Mehsood alias Gudday (lame!) —- are just the symptoms of the much deep running malaise. The real brunt of this fraudulent circus of war on terrorism being played by Pakistan’s rich classes is being borne by the soldiers of Pakistan army whose uncounted and forgotten by the Pakistani state and civil society alike ——-MEDIA HAS SIMPLY CLOSED ITS EYES TO THE CARNAGE- dead bodies lie rotting in NORTH WAZIRISTAN. 0.1 million people have left the region and are now refugees in their own country. 1000 others have died over the past month of Ramadan.
People went to Karachi to welcome Benazir coz they heard the name of Bhutto which means end to injustice, freedom, prosperity and hope in the lexicon of Pakistani politics. Benazir has promised them A HELL LOT if SHE FAILS TO DELIVER ON THE EXPECTATIONS she would be thrown into the dustbin of history in months. Whether she can deliver on the hopes she has raised is a question that is going to decide her career in the days to come.

The Bomb blast
Abdullah Mehsood or the Waziristan militants ARE LEAST INTERSTED IN BENAZIR when they are busy fighting the terror war game. ALL THE SOURCES HERE SAY THE MILITANTS NEVER issued the statement of sending out suicide bombers to kill Benazir. The threat was issued by the MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE SUPERIORS who wanted to harass Benazir and SHOW (READ DECIEVE) THE AMERICANS HOW INSANE ARE THE PAKISTANI MILITANTS. When the Pakistani establishment ALLOWED BENAZIR TO RETURN they had calculated that she would ONLY GET A SO SO type of small to medium reception. Once they saw the REAL FORCE OF DEAD BHUTTO DIRECTING PAKISTAN’S DESTINY from his grave they panicked and got unnerved and then they went for the bomb blast which was a VERY STUPID, VERY INHUMAN ATTEMPT TO TIDE THE FLOOD WHICH IS GOING TO BRING THE REGIME DOWN. IF PUNJAB TOO FOLLOWED KARCHI’S LEAD IN WELCOMING Benazir the current establishment has NO CHANCE of survival EVEN UNTIL THE ELECTIONS DAYS. The bomb blasts were an insane attempt to stop that.

Fouad

#52 Comment By douglas clark On 20th October, 2007 @ 10:14 am

zubair @ 48,

Well said.

#53 Comment By Derius On 20th October, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that this despicable act has occured within a month of this statement being released by Osama bin Laden, regarding Pakistan.

[4] http://www.jihadunspun.com/intheatre_internal.php?article=109033&list=/home.php

Although this is mainly aimed at Musharraf, there is a clear underlying message that any obstacle must be removed which prevents the Islamists from realising their dream. Benazir Bhutto is considered one of those obstacles. Therefore, I cannot agree, as suggested above, that Musharraf is behind the attacks.

“Its when suicide bombers take literally the truth of these texts that politically irrational behaviour results.”

Well said, Zubair. I believe the link I’ve provided demonstrates this.


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[1] Oh god: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007\10\19\story_19-10-2007_pg1_2
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[3] http://www.weshow.com/us/p/19993/blast_targets_former_pm_benazir_bhutto.: http://www.weshow.com/us/p/19993/blast_targets_former_pm_benazir_bhutto.
[4] http://www.jihadunspun.com/intheatre_internal.php?article=109033&list=/home.php: http://www.jihadunspun.com/intheatre_internal.php?article=109033&list=/home.php