Benazir Bhutto Assassination

by Dina on December 27, 2007 · 4 comments

in Participatory Media

I’m tweeting reactions from India as reported on English TV news channels around Benazir Bhutto’s brazen assassination. Follow the updates here, if you’re interested. Updates so far:

– Musharraf says political parties should be united against terrorists. Feeling here … how convenient blaming terrorists. 7 minutes ago
– Musharraf on TV now: This is the work of terrorist we have been fighting so long. Will not rest till we punish the guilty. Appeals for peac 9 minutes ago
– “PPP likely to boycott elections” – Matiullah Jan, Reuters reporter live from Islamabad. 13 minutes ago from web
– Bush .. We urge them to honour Benazir’s memory by contributing to the peace process === meaning …. elections must go on in Pakistan?? 14 minutes ago from web
– George Bush speaking now 16 minutes ago from web
– Not much been spoken of in Indian media about Islam or extremists – all fingers seem to point to Military rule in Pak. 18 minutes ago from web
– NDTV 24/7: No official reaction still from Washington. Much talk of US-reflection of Indians being upset at US for supporting Musharraf. 20 minutes ago from web
– She says: this military will not allow any democratic govt. [on NDTV 24/7]. Says we are all in danger. Need a national govt minus military 42 minutes ago from web
– Asma Jehangir, Human Rights Comm Pak,distraught. Reiterates what Nawaz Sharif said- Govt & Military responsible. Not religious extremists 44 minutes ago from web
– Lots of talk on English TV channels in India on America’s reaction to Benazir’s death. Upset about America having supported Mushar so long about 1 hour ago from web
– Nawaz Sharif tells PPP supporters : I will be fighting your war now. Source: CNN-IBN about 1 hour ago from web
– on NDTV: Bhutto’s husband says to a TV channel: its the work of the government. Violence breaking out now. Shops & petrol pumps closed about 1 hour ago from web
– senior diplomats here say america will go for stability first and then democracy. short term – greater dependence on musharraf about 1 hour ago from web
– @robpatrob: Extremists supported by the Army. On Indian TV: couldn’t have happened without Army & ISI’s involvement. Hope no 1914! about 1 hour ago from web in reply to robpatrob
– @robpatrob: quite a shame for america’s alleged control over pakistan. now open allegations against musharraf as responsib on indian tv. about 2 hours ago from web in reply to robpatrob
– @robpatrob: its not my perception. she was stronger than any man in many ways. she transcended gender issues typical to this region. about 2 hours ago from web in reply to robpatrob
– @robpatrob: no official comments out yet here apart from shock. fear about pakistan really spinning out of control now. fear for stability about 2 hours ago from web in reply to robpatrob
– @robpatrob: she was one of the leading pol parties fighting for democracy. and had committed herself to it. we feel the loss as much about 2 hours ago from web in reply to robpatrob
– benazir bhutto has been assassinated in pakistan about 3 hours ago from im

[Image – TimesReporter: Moments before her death]

Pakistan blogworld reacts: Global Voices Online.

More blog reactions at TimesOnline.

Blog reactions aggregated here.

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1 harini calamur December 27, 2007 at 10:46 pm

scary. truly scary. that under the eyes of media glare, and the world watching, and high security — someone could do this…

2 Mr.Pakistani December 28, 2007 at 8:04 am

The killing of Ms. Benazir Bhutto is surely shocking and a condemnable act. The government and its agents are responsible in this. Mr. Musharraf! You have failed. We need security and peace in the country. Never before the country has suffered like this and never ever faced such turmoil. Its time for you to say “Good bye”. Maybe this will bring stability to the country. Go Musharaf Go!
She was indisputably one of the most animated and vibrant individuals in Pakistani politics, she was so full of life that death is a concept that doesn’t really seem coherent with her image in the mind.
This is inhumane.. killing a woman who was fighting for her country, fighting for a country which took away her father and her brother from her. Surely, she has entered a better abode. May God be with her. I pray for her and her family and Pakistan at this hour.
I’m proud of my leader…. Benazir we are proud of you!!!

3 Munir Moosa Sewani December 27, 2008 at 4:54 pm

December 27th mark a historical event, as our beloved leader, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto departed from this world. This day is commemorated as a day of democratic victory. One year has passed to her assassination, but she is still attached to our hearts and feelings. Although, there were many threats to her life, but even then, she fought the battle against the corrupted people of our country with courage. She was not only the daughter of the east, but she was the true mother of the nation, who always treated nation as her children, and did many things for the reformation of the people as a mother. She was the intellectual treasure for us. She was the voice of many unheard voices. She never learnt to back out of any thing. She fought till the last breath to show her iron will and determined mission to work for humanity. She was brutally assassinated because of her good will and great thoughts to build our nation stronger. After Lady Diana and Mother Theresa, she is considered as an International icon and role models for many people. We salute her courage, bravery, talent, leadership qualities and her positive motives for our nation.

Mourners still weep inconsolably and beat their chests, because such leaders are born rarely. It was a cowardly act to kill a democratic lady. Loosing such a great women makes us feel as if one of the family members of each of our family has passed away. We must continue her mission with dignified morals.

May her soul rest in eternal peace

Munir Moosa Sewani ( Karachi , Pakistan )
Scholar, Teacher, Teacher Educator, Professional Writer

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