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What’s next for Pakistan?

December 27, 2007

Bhutto leaves rally

Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Dec. 27 in a gun and bomb attack as she left an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi. It was the latest in a series of political upheavals in Pakistan in recent months. Read reactions to the killing here.

What do you think the future holds for Pakistan?
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Question is what will happen to this region. Pakistan was and will remain a fragile nation. We have another Iraq in making.

There is another possibility that Pakistani people may rather get united and come out strongly against this attack.

While US policy to curb terrorism has terribly failed, one needs to question if this murder is a part of larger conspiracy by larger forces and whether Gen Musharraf and attackers involved here are just a pawn in the whole game.

Posted by Avikaar | Report as abusive

Pakistani people need to gather and rise against all the terrorists and help each other to rise the nation.

Posted by Measum Haider | Report as abusive

We should repose faith on the Pakistanis. The election will be held as usual. Only the outcome would be different. If the assassination had not taken place..Musharaff-led a fuss Government would come into power. Now with this, the nominee of the PPP will win, as it happened in a similar situation in India when Rajiv Gandhi emerged victoriuos after Indira Gandhi’s assassination. But, there would be no end of state-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan and this would continue to cripple the overall growth of the beautiful country. The suffering of the people seems no end. Wish peace in Pakistan.

Posted by Surya Sarathi Ray | Report as abusive

thank u.

Posted by Surya Sarathi Ray | Report as abusive

Very uncertain situation in Pakistan, after every act of violence we hope that the attacks on innocent people will stop somehow, and the law enforcement people will eventually do their job, but it’s sad that none of the events have ever made these law enforcement personnel do their job in a way they will be able to save innocent lives. Its all due to corrupt law inforcement personnels and Illitrate government officials.

Posted by Ashar Saeed | Report as abusive

Like her or hate her she was the most popular Pakistani leader and now she is dead! Who killed her? Most probably Taliban-Al Qaeda militants but for this to happen in Rawalpindi raises questions about the role of security agencies. Pakistan is a difficult country and one might never know the exact identity of the planners of this thing. If at all it was planned, antagonism against Musharraf, Army and the West is so deep in the North West and the Tribal areas that the militants do not need any other reason.
The omens are bad for the country, in this situation no elections can be held but it seems a loose-loose situation if the military again starts to run the affairs it would not improve the situation as well.

Seems like we as Pakistanis have become another victim of the “Great Game” the World Powers play. During the 80′s we feed this venomous snake of extremism for the sake of Capitalism (Free World) now it is stinging us badly. Ironic, as it is that now only we are on the other side of the battlefield!

The future looks uncertain and troublesome, there is no light at the end of the tunnel! All one can do is hope and pray that my nation may come out of this.

Thank you

Posted by Ali Zaidi | Report as abusive

It is a shame for the country and its keepers. At a time when Pakistan needed a stronger leader, the one most likely is taken away by the bullets, just as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was taken away by fanatic Hindu man. Truthfully people of Pakistan should really re-think of existence as a separate nation of the “two nation theory” of Mohmad Ali Jinah. He was absolutely wrong in his definition of the “two nation theory”. People interested in learning more about that theory should search in Google and look for Maulana Azad speech on same where he dread the so called “two nation theory”. Maulana speech is well recorded and one can realize NOW more than ever before that Maulana Azad was RIGHT and Jinah absolutely wrong. Should not the people of Pakistan today vote to endorse the country as a State of the Indian Union? I wonder!!!

Posted by Mahesh Mohandas Gandhi | Report as abusive

Mr. Gandhi

Even if the theory was flawed, it has been 60 years since the creation of Pakistan. So, it is high time for the Indians to move on. Reigonal cooperation is a MUST but not an Indian controlled dominion (much has changed in 60 years).

thank you

Posted by Ali Zaidi | Report as abusive

A United India would mean a almost 50-50 population divide between Hindus and Muslims. I am not sure that this would be in the best interest of the Hindu fundamentalists.
And if violence is the criteria we use then it is India which should be broken up since there are at least six states at virtual war with the federal government.

Posted by Khalifah | Report as abusive

Dear Mahesh,

Khalifah and Ali Zaidi have a point, cooperation is not unilateral and in 60 years they the nation has gone from Pak-Land to Napak-Land where people can only think of 50-50 and worry more about the interest of others. I sincerely think that the only solution I can forsee to contain this voilence is by building an Isreal style wall around this Napak-Land, (just like you would treat an hostile younger brother), will call it “Maulana wall” not only it would contain the voilence, it will also generate thousands of jobs and will be a boost to the regions economy.


Posted by Neerav | Report as abusive

Not sure why this needs to degenerate into an India – Pak thing!

This is about the mess Pakistan is in. And if and how Pakistan can extricate itself of the demon it has created not just for the bidding of the great powers but very much against India. The demon is devouring the creator at the moment.

I am an Indian and to Indians posting here – give your idea of an united India rest. Pakistan is 60 years old and has sustained itself as an independent nation. And while they dodder from one mistake to another, there is no mistaking the passion and energy Pakistanis bring to their lives (remember the terror of Shahid Afridi battering our bowlers). That always provides the life blood to a nation’s sustenance. Actually, let them be. Wish them well. It is good for us Indians.

The question I have is, who were the perpetrators? Renegade (?) sections of the army – known to be against Bhutto, Pakistani Taliban elements such as Betullah Masood or the Chaudhurys of Gujarat?

Posted by Zorba | Report as abusive

The problem with entire region is Cross Border Religion.Bhutto was more pro to West. Now India is also more pro to West. This effects some fundamentalists of the both Regions. We can not say India also safe now, they had conflicts with inner regions.

3E: Elections, Energy and Employment must raise Pakistan, hope for the best now. That was Jinnah’s dreams, he was good leader.

God bless Pakistan

Posted by Jay | Report as abusive

Benazir Bhutto had sealed her faith by trying to
play all fields at the same time. Firstly, she
decided to become a partner to Pervez Musharraf,
an American puppet without any public support outside the military establishment. Secondly, she
promised the U.S. that if she were elected Prime Minister, she will allow U.S. military operations inside Pakistan. That aspect made her
the target of the two most powerful forces in Pakistan: a) The Pakistani military who bills the
U.S. for its operations against Islamic extremists for its ammunitions and operational expense. But the latest $ 5 billion charge was
disputed as over-billing by U.S. military officials [BBC December 24, 2007]. If Benazir Bhutto had allowed the U.S. to carry out its own operations inside Pakistan, the Pakistani generals who become wealthy with those overcharged billions to the U.S. would lose their gold mine.

b) Al Qaida and tribal leaders who want U.S. out of Pakistan [the U.S. operates clandestinely inside Pakistan], would certainly not like to see as prime minister someone who would openly open the borders to the U.S. army -against the will of the Pakistani people. They don’t want another
political figure who has the same political objectives as Musharraf does.

Benazir Bhutto had no real support in Pakistan -except in her native province and in the districts of some tribal political bosses who made shady deals with her husband, Mr. Zardari,
when she was prime minister, and became wealthy
themselves. Withe the exception of name recognition, daughter of the late prime minister Zulfikar Bhutto [executed for corruption under the
"Sharia Law" introduced by General Zia U Haq], she has never had grass root support across the
vastness of tribal Pakistani provinces.

What effect her death will have in Pakistan’s political future? None! Elections in Pakistan
are a meaningless facade to to world, and the world knows it clearly. But since the U.S. prefers to dress its puppets as democratic figures, elections have become a maze in which all candidates go in, but only the U.S. candidate
comes out. And nobody serves in Pakistan without
the approval of the military and the U.S. – almost exactly as it always happens in Turkey, another U.S. ally.
Nikos Retsos, retired academic.

Posted by Nikos Retsos | Report as abusive

back to india?
i think so

Posted by VIK | Report as abusive

Pakistan should handover it’s all nuclear weapons to America for the safty purpose. Pakistan should restore peace and try to avoid civil war.

Posted by Ajit | Report as abusive

Musharraf is big problem in Pakistan and as long as he is in power Pakistan is fragile. He wont hunt down Osama due to his personal interests to remain in power. Musharaf stays in powere with US blessings as log as he hide Osama safely in those rugged mountains. Musharaf is the culprit and to be blamed for al lthis mess in Pakistan.

Posted by Sree | Report as abusive

who cares?

Posted by lily | Report as abusive

Mahesh Gandhi,

I dont know if you really have had the chance to learn what exactly was the meaning of the ‘Two Nations Theory’. And let me clear the fact that this theory wasnt a creation of Mr. Jinnah, it was always there in the minds of the Muslims who were treated like ‘untouchables’ by the Hindus, the theory was formulated by Sir Syed Khan, and then again by Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal. I remember a senior worker of the Pakistan Movement quoting he touched a Chappatti and the Hindu shopkeeper refused to sell that piece of bread, instead, threw that to a dog. I can quote many other examples, just to show the Hindu mind towards Muslims but I dont you have a lot of knowledge about the whole concept. Khalifa has made a good point by indicating the situation in India. What about so many movements going on in India? Mahatama Gandhi was murdered bya Hindu extremist if I’m not wrong? Indira Gandhi was murdered by a Sikh Guard? Why? Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a Tamil militant? So please open your mind up a bit now, long period of 60 years gone. The fact is fact. We were a Nation, though were never allowed to prosper by the Enemies.

Posted by Muhammad Naeem | Report as abusive

The main topic is “What’s next for Pakistan?” not “India Vs. Pakistan”. Don’t waste time by talking about the History or India. Please give your views about the “What’s next for Pakistan?

Posted by Ajit | Report as abusive

Pakistan looses a great lady.

Posted by MIRZA EHTESHAMULLA BAIG | Report as abusive

Before the current situation can be viewed as a turning point for the country, it is a critical juncture for the Pakistan military to define its role. It is not clear whether the Pakistan security forces define their role as protector of the borders of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, or it sees itself as the protector of Islamic religion.

This assassination took place in the most secure garrison city of Rawalpindi, a few miles from the homes of the Pakistan military leaders and the President of the nation who has 100% executive power.

Isn’t this the same military/administration that supported Taliban rule in Afghanistan. If Taliban’s interpretation of Islam is good for people of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, why is it not good for people of Islamic Republic of Pakistan?

Pakistan army seems to be saying Taliban is good, Al Qaeda is bad; while the leaders of both these organizations are the best of friends and ready to give their life for each other.

Are the leaders of Pakistan army ready to lay down their life ONLY for Pakistani people, or will they give their life to protect Taliban and/or Al Qaeda? This is a question that the people of Pakistan, the leaders of the world who are funding the war on terror, and followers of moderate Islam should be asking.

Posted by Bill Blogger | Report as abusive

It will carry on regardless, as usual, of any kind of democratic government.

That the lady in question got murdered is something I expected: so hungry for power her sense of safety went out of the window – along with her political morals.

Bhutto was part of the problem – with her nepotistic dynastic aspiration clearly defining where her personal priorities really lay. Her past was a little shady, indeed. anyone who says otherwise is either mistaken or wilfully deluded.

She was like a book – reading her was easy.

I am very sorry that she was murdered and hoipe her killers are caught, and hope that her death proves at least cathartic for Pakistan, and that maybe it can change from being just another violent, politically bankrupt country.


Posted by Keith M Warwick | Report as abusive

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