Benazir Bhutto Injured After Homicide Attack at Pakistan Rally … 20 Feared Dead (UPDATE: Benazir Bhutto Dead, Assasinated)
The insanity continues in Pakistan s a homicide bomber attacks rally and injures opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. The reports are that she has been critically wounded.
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — A party aide says Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was injured in homicide attack and is undergoing surgery.
The bomber attacked Bhutto supporters as they were leaving a rally on Thursday and at least 20 people were feared dead, police and witnesses said.
An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw body parts and flesh scattered at the back gate of the Liaqat Bagh park in Rawalpindi where the rally was held. He counted about 20 bodies, including police, and could see many other wounded.
UPDATE I: CNN is reporting … Ex-Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has died, according to media reports.
UPDATE II: Bhutto Seriously Injured by Suicide Bomb
UPDATE III: Benazir Bhutto Killed in Pakistan Explosion
Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack after a rally in the city of Rawalpindi on Thursday, her party said.
“She has been martyred,” said party offical Rehman Malik. (ABC)
UPDATE IV: Welcome to Democracy in Pakistan … Benazir Bhutto Assassinated.
Do they debate the issues of the opposition … No, they kill the message!
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide bombing that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally, a party aide and a military official said.
“At 6:16 p.m. she expired,” said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto’s party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital where she was taken after the attack.
A senior military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment, confirmed that Bhutto had died.
Her supporters at the hospital began chanting “Dog, Musharraf, dog,” referring to Pakistan’s president Pervez Musharraf. Some of them smashed the glass door.
Supporters carry the coffin of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in Rawalpindi December 27, 2007.
REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (PAKISTAN)
UPDATE V: Benazir Bhutto assassinated
While Bhutto appeared to have died from bullet wounds, it was not immediately clear if she was shot or if her wounds were caused by bomb shrapnel.
President Pervez Musharraf held an emergency meeting in the hours after the death, according to state media.
UPDATE VI: Pakistan: Al-Qaeda claims Bhutto’s death
A spokesperson for the al-Qaeda terrorist network has claimed responsibility for the death on Thursday of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
“We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahadeen,” Al-Qaeda’s commander and main spokesperson Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid told Adnkronos International (AKI) in a phone call from an unknown location, speaking in faltering English. Al-Yazid is the main al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan.
UPDATE VII: FROM THE BLOGGERS
Gateway Pundit: BENAZIR BHUTTO KILLED IN BLAST!!
Hot Air: Benazir Bhutto killed in bomb attack; Update: Al Qaeda claims responsibility? Additional updates
Flopping Aces: Benazir Bhutto Assassinated in Pakistan
Michelle Malkin: Benazir Bhutto assassinated
Posted December 27, 2007 by Scared Monkeys
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I’ll be very surprised if the price of oil doesn’t shoot up on this news, at least briefly.
“Know Islam … know peace.”
Another reminder of the class of enemy democracy is facing. Hopefully, “Torture Senator” McCain will take heed the next time he considers proudfully condemning waterboarding as a proven means of acquiring information that would save people’s lives.
We want to use logic and rational thought to solve problems, but we’re dealing with people whose behavior and beliefs are void of logic and reason. I guess that’s why they’re called religious and political extremeists.
Many around the world accuse the U.S. of having its own agenda in world affairs and we are trying to rule the world, impose our way of doing things on others. Events such as this show that someone needs to step in and help these countries fight this. In many cases, we have to encourage these countries to fight these factions. Who else is going to?
Well, that pretty much sums it up for me…cut all foreign aide, start getting back monies from debt from other countries, no more assistance of any kind, if they get in trouble let them fend up for themselves. And, let’s use our own resources for conservation. If they wanna stay in the first century let them be…they have been like that for ages and nobody will change them. They only understand the bullet and the bomb language. We can defend ourselves but I have had it after this, I believe that now the US can send a strong message to the Middle East by shunning them and change our foreign policy and be stronger with it.
This is a slap in the face of people that believe other ways to do things. If those people don’t stand up for what they believe in, I don’t believe we have to meddle with it. And I am a Republican.
What a sad day. Benazir Bhutto had courage of a true soldier of democracy. The world is veiled in terrorism and evil. What is the US going to do with Musharraf?
Currently there is rioting in Pakistan. Evidently, many Pakistanis were looking forward to Bhutto’s method of democratic rule. And since the concensus is that Bin Ladin is in Pakistan, as quick as you can rub two Democrats together, you can probably figure out who gave the order.
According to reports, one of her first orders of business was to expel Al Queda and the Taliban from the country. I believe that would have flushed Bin Laden out of his cave.
If Bin Laden did give the order to assassinate Bhutto, then logically, Bush is indirectly responsible for this as well. If his administration had kept it’s eye on the ’9/11 ball’, Bin Ladin would already be dead, and Bhutto, alive. Cause and effect.
I admired Ms. Bhutto and felt that she was a last hope for Pakistan. She was a woman of courage and was to be admired.
This is a huge loss.
R.I.P. Benazir Bhutto
Ann Curry interview on 10/17/07 with Bhutto on whether she knew about a possible assassination attempt and whether she regrets returning to Pakistan:
Ann Curry: “If you had not returned these, people would not have died. These women would have their husbands. They would have their children. These 140 people would be alive. These 500 people would not have been wounded.
This must feel very painful for you to know that with your decision to come back would cause not suffering but started this chain reaction. Do you regret coming back now seeing what has happened?”
Benazir Bhutto: “I don’t.”
Curry: “You knew it was going to happen.”
Bhutto: “I knew an attempt would be made.”
Curry: “So, you knew that people would be at risk.”
Bhutto: “I knew people would be at risk.”
Curry: “So, was it worth that risk, given what has happened?”
Bhutto: “And the people who came knew that there would be a risk. They put their lives on the line. And I put my life on the line. And we did it because we believe in a cause. We want to save Pakistan. And we think saving Pakistan comes by saving democracy.
We know democracy means the empowerment of the poor people, the ordinary people, the dispossessed, the downtrodden and the discriminated. So, the people who can put their lives on the line, I put my life on the line. Because God forbid if there is a Taliban takeover, well, everybody’s life will be at risk anyway. They went around killing people. They went around denying girls knowledge. They went around bankrupting Afghanistan to the extent that people were poor and desperate and hungry. And the only jobs on offer were to join the Taliban irregular forces to wage war against other countries and other innocent people.”
Curry: “Even if you don’t regret returning, because your ideals, as you just described them, are high, do you regret how they returned [unintel phrase]? That is a 20-minute drive. It took 10 hours. It was a very slow-moving motorcade surrounded by millions of people. When you knew — when you knew you were at risk, that you could be putting them at risk, did you make the right choice to come back in this way?”
Bhutto: “I … Ann, I find this question very uncomfortable.”
Curry: “Of course, you do [unintel phrase] …
Bhutto: “The reas— no, let me tell you why. Let me tell you why, for me it validates terrorism and extremism. I know that’s not how you mean it.
But for me it validates terrorism and extremism.
It means that terrorists can force us to change our values. It means that terrorists can dictate the agenda. It means that terrorists, by threatening violence, can take over nations and destroy the quality of life of their people. And that’s the reason it makes me uncomfortable.
It was no secret to me that I could be attacked. I chose to return and put my life on the line to defend a principle I believe in. I never forced [unintel] anyone to come out to the airport to receive me. They chose to come because they wanted to bring change, to bring democracy and to save their motherland from disintegrating.
And I don’t think the terrorists succeeded because we took 10 hours. I think the terrorists succeeded because the lights were off and they could move under cover of darkness without being intercepted by us. But even on the outside chance, even if the lights had not been off, even if we had failed to detect them, at the end of the day, I have to ask that can we validate terrorism and extremism and say, “Let’s give up. Because if we don’t give up trying to save our values and trying to save our land then we’ll get killed.”
YoYo thanks for bringing that in here, Bhutto was the first woman of politics that I admired. She was the most amazing of women and a woman for all women to look up to.
#5 chicawhyte – Hate to point it out to you, but Pakistan is NOT the Middle East…..
Depends on what you mean, doesn’t it? It’s a mainly Muslim nation, and seems to operate on the same rules as the geographic Middle East.
#12 Richard, Indonesia is the biggest Muslim nation and it’s nowhere near the middle east….
mss. Butho wasn’t democratic, check out her history as pm…