When Benazir was born, her parents went into mourning because she was not a boy. Benazir overcame this obstacle, the first of many, and became so adept at politics and so close to her father, who founded the Pakistan Peoples Party, that he defied tradition and named her his political heir.
Benazir Bhutto had a life that makes fiction pale by comparison. When writer Tariq Ali says, characterizing the tale of her charismatic but cursed family, “the whole story has strong elements of a Greek tragedy,” he is not telling the half of it.
An Islamist terror cell dismantled in January in Barcelona has chosen the city’s subway system as a target for a series of suicide bombings in order to maximize the carnage and loss of life, according to the testimony from a protected witness. If we attack the metro (subway), the emergency services cannot get there one of the recently arrested men said. According to a witness, who police are calling F-1 in order to protect his identity, the plan for the attacks came from Baitullah Mehsud, a Taliban leader in Pakistan’s Waziristan region. Mehsud is believed to be close to Osama bin Laden and has been blamed by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December of 2007.
By Verena Dobnik NEW YORK — Pakistanis across the U.S., regardless of whether they supported Benazir Bhutto, mourned her on Thursday and worried that her assassination could destabilize their homeland and threaten the safety of family members living there. “I imagine this is how the people of this country felt after Kennedy’s assassination,” said Syed Hassan, a Houston resident who moved from Pakistan 20 years ago. “When these kind of things happen, it just shatters you.”