Before going further a little more into this story, let me digress. I am beginning to dread calls from my brother. He called early in the morning to give me the news of Benazir’s assassination. He had also called in 1979 to give me the shocking news that her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had been hanged by the regime of then military Dictator General Zia. Both times I had found the information unbelievable. And both times I have felt deeply saddened for the Bhutto’s and the country of Pakistan.Read More
The frenzy over the assassination of Pakistani opposition party leader Benazir Bhutto has spilled over into the blogosphere, where emotions mirror the rising tides of violence in Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindi, but are tempered with a strong dose of pragmatism.
Blogs are popular among Pakistan's urban elite and the chattering classes appear to remain skeptical of Bhutto’s altruism, her feted return to Pakistan earlier this year, and her contributions as prime minister, a position she was elected to twice. They raised the issue of the corruption and money laundering charges brought by the Pakistani government against her and her husband – charges she said were politically motivated. But the general consensus among bloggers, however, is that her death represents a step backward for the country.
A post at Metroblogging Islamabad, a city-specific site featuring posts by handpicked regional bloggers, generated dozens of responses the day of Bhutto’s assassination. “I have never been a fan of Benazir Bhutto, rather I disagree with a lot of her policies,” one reader wrote, “but the way she has been killed is very saddening. It was quite shocking. May her soul rest in heaven.”