The assassination of Benazir Bhutto

Benazir BhuttoOn 27th Dec 2007, Benazir Bhutto, ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan was assassinated in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, where she was addressing a political rally (see coverage from the New York Times and The Guardian). She served as the country's Prime Minister from 1988 to 1990, and from 1993 to 1996, and returned to Pakistan in Oct 2007 after a period of exile. Her death comes at a crucial time for Pakistan, as the political emergency period was recently lifted, and elections are scheduled for January 2008.

Bloggers writing from Pakistan and around the world have expressed shock and concern. Her death is seen as reflective of the larger issue of law and order in the country, and there are concerns about the consequences of this tragedy both politically and in terms of violence on the streets. This page aggregates some of the commentary on the assassination.

Global Voices Timeline

Dec 28 – Pakistan: Why Bhutto, and what now for Pakistan?
Dec 27 – Pakistan: Bhutto's Death and Impending Elections
Dec 27 – Pakistan: Reactions to Bhutto's death

Image of Benazir Bhutto from Wikimedia Commons