For Pakistan, Bhutto's slaying `a tragedy like no other'

December 28, 2007

Soon after opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated yesterday, Global Voices Online and Pakistani Bloggers began receiving reports and commentary from the blogosphere. Here is a sampling:

At a human level, this is a tragedy like no other. Only a few days ago I was mentioning to someone that the single most tragic person in all of Pakistan - maybe all the world - is Nusrat Bhutto. Benazir's mother. Think about it. Her husband, killed. One son poisoned. Another son assassinated. One daughter dead, possibly of drug overdose. Another daughter rises to be prime minister twice, but is jailed, exiled and finally gunned down.

Today, in shock, I can think only of Benazir Bhutto the human being. Tomorrow, maybe, I will think of politics. - Adil Nijam, All Things Pakistan

In the nation whose history is dotted by military coups, assassinations and hangings of public figures, this is surely the bloodiest stain. She titled her autobiography Daughter of Destiny - but surely she deserved a fate other than the destiny of her father and Liaquat Ali Khan. It is truly a tragedy and a revelation of the chaos gripping the nation. - homistan, Chapati Mystery

One wonders if she truly felt she would be safe in Pakistan. Love of country and desire to contribute aside, is there some shred of a risk-taking thrill inherent in this endeavor she had embarked upon? Some level of martyrlike delusion, however deeply buried? Can any of us imagine being devoted enough to any political cause to risk our life so boldly? Was it worth it, Benazir?

Truly sad. Whither Pakistan? - kusala, Sepia Mutiny

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