Bhutto’s struggle heroic
Re: “Bhutto slaying sparks anger, grief”
A hero died the other day. Benazir Bhutto came from a predominately conservative Muslim state to become the first female leader of a Muslim country, a feat unto its own. A moderate politico opposing many fundamentalists in the region.
She often fought for the poor as the leader of the Peoples Party. Educated in Europe, she brought progressive ideas back to her country.
Following the assassination of her father in 1979, the former prime minister of Pakistan, she was herself imprisoned largely in solitary for five years.
Upon her return she became the leader of her father’s former party and was elected prime minister.
The last eight years of her life were spent in exile before her recent return to restore stability in the region where Al Qaeda and Taliban strongholds are the deepest.
The People’s leader was poised to return to power before her assassination.
Subsequently the country appears to be on the brink of falling securely into terrorist rule.
Even those unimpressed with Bhutto’s rule are stumped as to who a good successor will be now for Pakistan.
One thing sensed by all now is that evil has an increased opportunity to flourish in the region – cause for much concern among UN countries.
What really stumps me is how at least one local scholar believes that this murder is in part her own fault due to her naivety of the dangers involved of her mission. I beg to differ, however, noting that this was not the first attempt on her life.
No, I would describe her fight in spite of the dangers to be quite heroic.
Another political editorialist described the political scene there as having a pathetic amount of worthy leaders.
Well, given the dangers involved I doubt that editorialist has the stones to walk a mile in the shoes that Benazir did for a lifetime for a cause greater than herself, that of peace. Will anyone worthy step up? I hope for all that someone does.
This is a second major high-profile political murder in Pakistan’s recent political history. Nawab Mohammed Akbar Buguti’s death was a start. Mrs. Benazir Bhutto murder has escalated a long-awaited political revolution in Pakistan.
Pakistanis should ask themselves, are they ready for a revolution by killing, or a revolution of changing themselves to a moderate democratic society?
Democratic process in Pakistan cannot be established in an environment, where next of kin is appointed as party leader.
All the major political party leaders have appointed or re-elected themselves for life in Pakistan
I pray not only for Ms. Benazir Bhutto’s soul, but for all those who have sacrificed their lives for real democracy in Pakistan.