Thursday, December 27, 2007

Bhutto Assassinated

Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated. Pakistan is about to get even more chaotic. While the upcoming election was almost certain to be rigged in favor of Musharraf, Bhutto's presence as an "opposition" leader created a semblance of credibility. Now that is gone. Bet on riots and martial law in the coming days.
Update: Riots in Lahore. This is going to get very messy. (yeah, I know that's not profound)


Mauigirl said...

This is a very concerning development over there. I heard on the radio Al Qaeda had threatened to try to disrupt the upcoming elections there. Looks like they succeeded.

1138 said...

Messy is Pakistan on a normal day - this is going to be worse.
This wasn't Al Qaeda, this was internal.

pygalgia said...

1138, while it's possible that it was internal there are a number of possibilities. Musharraf had more to gain by sharing some power with Bhutto to create a veneer of credibility. He's more vulnerable after her assassination, especially if the ISI turns on him.