Thursday, October 18, 2007
Pakistan's ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who fled the country to avoid corruption charges returned to Pakistan today..and was nearly killed as a result.
As regular members of Joshua's Army know, Bhutto's return was part of a deal to share power with Pakistan's General Musharraf in an effort to strengthen his regime, and the corruption charges were quashed as part of the bargain. She's expected to assume the premiership.
In her procession from the airport, two bombs exploded near a truck carrying her, killing between 50 and sixty people and wounding over 150. The blast shattered windows in her vehicle and set a police escort vehicle on fire.
Bhutto was reported as safe and unhurt.
She had been traveling in a large convoy on a truck equipped with a bulletproof glass cubicle to the tomb of Pakistan's founding father, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, to give a speech. The Musharraf government had asked to use a helicopter to reduce the risk of attack,but Bhutto had refused.
Although Bhutto has a lot of enemies in Pakistan because of certain things that occurred during her regime,her chief opposition comes from Radical Islamists, the Taliban and al-Qaeda because she's relatively pro-Western. Not only that, but by taking her out of the picture the Islamists probably hoped to deny Musharraf an ally.
The Pakistani Supreme court is scheduled to rule on both Musharraf's new term as president and Bhutto's amnesty within the next two weeks.
UPDATE: The death toll has now climbed to 150, witho ver 300 reported injured.
"The elections will go ahead as planned and we will ensure the road to democracy isn't disrupted,'' Tariq Azeem, deputy information minister, said in a telephone interview from the capital, Islamabad. ``If terrorists think they can derail the election process, they are wrong."
Refreshing to hear a Pakistani official refer to these people as terrorists for a change...
Posted by Freedom Fighter at 2:23 PM