Skip to comments.Benazir Bhutto Critically Injured At Rally [Update: Bhutto has died]
Posted on 12/27/2007 5:12:06 AM PST by COUNTrecount
Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has been critically injured after a suspected suicide attack at a political rally in Pakistan.
It was believed to be a suicide attackShe is undergoing emergency surgery at a nearby hospital, Sky News sources say.
The explosion went off just after Ms Bhutto left the rally in Rawalpindi, minutes after her speech to thousands of people.
Bhutto supporters are now releasing statements blaming Musharraf for the assassination.
I was thinking the same thing
you’re not undecided or you wouldn’t be attempting to hijack this thread
AQ has tried to assassinate Musharraf multiple times including twice in 11 days. The idea that he is part of this is nonsense
....time will tell
‘tis True, American, but fact is, I do not think this will end here.
Crap. I liked her; she had spunk.
Of course, they are trying to leverage her death as a way to seize power.
Huck once mentioned that he had never known that there were issues between Cuba and the U.S.
Huck is pretty clueless when it comes to foreign affairs and the name "Benazir Bhutto" probably had no more meaning to him than the name "Betty Brown".
It is all tied together in one way or another, and this is a free place to ponder those thoughts.. Right?
ISLAMABAD: Security agencies in the Pakistani capital have been put on high alert following an intelligence report that terrorists may strike in the city and target top politicians and religious leaders. A senior officer said police and the city administration had been warned by the Interior Ministry that suicide attacks could take place in Islamabad. According to the Interior Ministry's letter, terrorists could target high-profile politicians and religious leaders. Security had been tightened in and around the capital and the high alert would stay in force till the January 8 general election, the officer told Dawn newspaper. Three wings of the paramilitary Pakistan Rangers, personnel from the "Elite Force" of Punjab Constabulary and city police have been deployed at sensitive places in Islamabad to avert any attack. A senior police officer said security has been provided to top politicians, including Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairperson and former premier Banazir Bhutto, and religious leaders who faced threats. They have been provided with police motorcades for moving around the city and police forces have been deployed at their homes. The administration and police have reviewed security arrangements in the city and started restructuring police pickets. Law enforcement personnel have also started checking hotels, inns and bus stands. "We have been keeping a strict vigil on suspicious people staying in hotels and inns and moving around bust stops," an officer said. Intelligence agencies have been asked to keep an eye on suspicious people and send reports to the city administration. The federal government has also directed all provinces and the Islamabad capital territory to step up security around 10 Shia individuals and political leaders following intelligence reports that Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud had placed them on his hit list. Sources said the hit list prepared by Mehsud, who was recently named chief of newly formed Tehrik Taliban-e-Pakistan, contained the names of 10 individuals. The Tehrik Taliban-e-Pakistan, which comprises Pakistani Taliban groups from different parts of the country's restive northwestern tribal areas, recently claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on an army convoy in Swat that killed nine persons. The sources also said militants from the Dara Adam Khel area had been given the task of targeting persons on the hit list.
I think that’s natural- and what they want and hope is true.
Somehow I don’t sense he is directly behind it- she is now a martyr- not something that will bode well for him politically.
Regardless- it does show one thing clearly- no one is really in control in Pakistan.
It’s time for Musharraf to get off the fence.
Woulda been too easy to simply bundle her off and be done with it..no killing her caused more problems than it solved for Musharraf...and Al-Q knew it. BTW, Sharif was in charge during the bulk of the time the Taliban was in charge of Afghanistan. Something tells me one ought to at least have a hard look at him. I think if Al-Q wanted him dead...he would be.
Because he made a statement about Bhutto’s assasination.
that can be said for anyone there
Mushie calling for high government meeting.
LOL, I am not attemoting to highjack this thread. His statement is part of this news cycle. McCain is apparently up next and I am interested to see his reaction as well. Aren’t you?
Honestly? I think they should ALL shut up til the actual president has made a statement.
One of the NBC newsies just talked about “Bush’s so-called War on Terror” as the grisly scenes in Pakistan were being shown.
on another thread
Indeed, Slowboat. It's time for added vigilance.
The US should be very careful about its comments on the assassination. We should do nothing that could be perceived as greasing the skids for Musharraf’s removal. Carter pulled the rug out from under the Shah and we got Khomeini.
At first, I thought he was behind it, but after thinking it over, why would one of his supporters blow himself up? It sounds too much like AQ - hatred of women and desire for chaos.
Oh yes, I remember that now.
Granted, I am not an expert on the ME, but I wonder if, some of you who are more in touch with that part of the world could opine what you think will happen there and elsewhere. Am I correct in that she was in exile in Europe, England perhaps?
You said — “Shot in the neck means it was more than one involved.”
No, that’s not what was reported. It was reported that the suicide bomber first shot her twice (one shot in the neck and another in the chest), and then he blew himself up.
So, it was one person doing both things...
In one act, Al Qaeda took out the leading democratic candidate (Bhutto) and rendered the leading military candidate (Mushariff) impotent.
...expect more and dirtier
I can’t disagree with that. I think from an organizational standpoint, it’s probably easier for these guys to come out first. I work in PR and it can be a time consuming endeavor to get these statements out.
Ok big guys, time to get to work.
Get over yourself.
It is all about political power and turf.
Ain't that the truth!
FReepers, can you visualize Saint Huckabee as our Commander in Chief at a time like this?
God help us.
You’re right..which means at best, a coup by some generals sick of the shennanigans, or worst, civil war or Iran ‘79.
...who’s in charge of the Paki security forces who are loooaded with AQ?
LOL at you
Agreed kabar, Musharraf may not be the best ally, but we dont need to stir a pot that is already boiling over.
Vehicles are burning in Rawalpindi, clashes are starting in Lahore, as well as other cities. People are taking to the streets, angry. The supporters of Bhutto are blaming the government. There were some explosions heard just now in Rawalpindi. Who knows what is going on. It is tense, and it could spread. Keep watching!!!
Does he know anything about international politics?
The very last report on NBC when I was watching said that she was also shot in the head and that the head shot was the one that killed her.
I noticed “head” was also included in the last photo post we had on this thread - “neck, chest and head.”
I hope the State Dept gets their non essential people out of there pronto
Somebody is BOUND to have a Southwest Asian map in the Holiday Inn he is staying at today.
I so agree with you. The man is about as deep as a mud puddle.
What news outlet are you following? I just started listening to BBC radio and haven’t heard anything like this yet except that people were attacking the PML-Q HQ in Islamabad. Thanks.
You said — “Whats with so many FReepers ready to blame Mushariff?”
Yeah..., armchair political and military analysts... to be sure.. LOL!
And then, you said — “Seems like AQ terrorists, to this poster.”
Most certainly so, especially since al Qaida has claimed responsibility for it. And al Qaida and Mushariff are not friends, at all...
Only if Holiday Inn has a hotel there!
Interesting- Kucinich statement says this is a very dangerous moment for the world..
It's an unbelievably dangerous situation. I just hope we've got control of the nukes.