27 December 2007

Benazir Bhutto assassinated in Pakistan

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto waves to her supporters in Karachi during a rally against the Pakistan government. Photo: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/photocredit/achievers/bhu0-004

I wasn't entirely shocked to hear this news a few hours ago, but today is still a sad day. Benazir Bhutto was an inspiring woman, and although she was dogged by allegations of corruption throughout her political career, the fact remains that she was one of the first women elected to power in an Islamic country. She was brave, and faced her critics head-on. I don't know how things would have worked out in the forthcoming Pakistani elections, but her assassination will certainly lead to yet more questions about the legitimacy of Musharraf's regime. Whatever you think about Bhutto's politics, it is a sad day for democracy when a politician is murdered, because it silences free speech.

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