The first female Prime Minister of Pakistan – Benazir Bhutto – was assassinated today after addressing a crowd during an election rally in Rawalpindi. She was shot in the neck by a gunman who then blew off a bomb shortly thereafter. 14 or 15 more people died from the blast and several others were reportedly injured.
Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan in October this year after spending many years in United Arab Emirates and London in exile to elude corruption charges against her. She returned to Pakistan after striking a power-sharing agreement with President Pervez Musharaff.
The relationship between the two has been on the rock since Ms. Bhutto’s arrival in Pakistan. President Musharaff, however, condemns the attack and calls for peace in Pakistan.
Pakistan has plunged itself deeper into conflicts with Ms. Bhutto’s assassination; leaving the people wondering whether the general election on 8th January 2008 will, in fact, go ahead as scheduled.
Both Benazir and her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, died because of politics. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed in 1979.
[Source of news and picture are courtesy of BBC]