This certainly isn't going to help things over there.
CNN.com wrote:RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistan former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has died after a suicide bombing that killed at least 14 of her supporters, ex-government spokesman Tariq Azim Khan and Pakistan's primary television networks said.
Bhutto suffered bullet wounds in the aftermath of the bomb attack, TV networks report.
Video of the scene just moments before the explosion showed Bhutto stepping into a heavily-guarded vehicle to leave the rally.
Khan said while it appeared Bhutto was shot, it was unclear if her bullet wounds were caused by a shooting or shrapnel from the bomb.
The suicide attack left at least 14 dead and 40 injured, Khan told CNN in a telephone interview.
The attacker is said to have detonated a bomb as he tried to enter the rally where thousands of people gathered to hear Bhutto speak, police said.
Video from the scene of the blast broadcast from Geo TV showed wounded people being loaded into ambulances.
Up to 20 people are dead, the report said.
Earlier, four supporters of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif died when members of another political party opened fire on them at a rally near the Islamabad airport Friday, local police said.
Several other members of Sharif's party were wounded, police added.
While President Pervez Musharraf has promised free and fair parliamentary elections next month, continued instability in the tribal areas and the threat of attack on large crowds has kept people from attending political rallies and dampened the country's political process.
Campaigners from various political groups say fewer people are coming out to show their support due to government crackdowns and the threat of violence.
At least 136 people were killed and more than 387 wounded on October 18 when a suicide bomber attacked Bhutto's slow-moving motorcade. The former PM returned to the country after eight years of self-imposed exile to a massive show of support in the southern port city of Karachi.
Bhutto called it "an attack on democracy" and vowed it would not deter her political campaign.
Thursday's violence come less than two weeks ahead of January parliamentary elections and as many days after President Pervez Musharraf lifted a six-week-old state of emergency he said was necessary to ensure the country's stability.
Critics said Musharraf's political maneuvering was meant to stifle the country's judiciary as well as curb the media and opposition groups to secure more power.
While this is big news, I wouldn't exactly paint it as the foreshadowing of major conflict. Pakistan is becoming very much a US partner with the amount of financial aid that Bush has poured into the country. I'm sure there will be some civil unrest due to the timing of the assassination, but I don't see it blowing up any further than that. The country will still work its' way towards reconciliation after the latest election uproar.
Bad news, but unfortunately, not at all surprising. It appears that Al Queda is claiming responsibility for this, but I'm not buying it. I guess it could be them, but much more likely that it was the ISI. Musharref would have to be an idiot to be involved in this, right? This brings us one step closter to an ISI-governed state, which is pretty damn scary. Crazy times. Who knows who will have their finger on the button over there in the very near future.
Tavish wrote:While this is big news, I wouldn't exactly paint it as the foreshadowing of major conflict. Pakistan is becoming very much a US partner with the amount of financial aid that Bush has poured into the country. I'm sure there will be some civil unrest due to the timing of the assassination, but I don't see it blowing up any further than that. The country will still work its' way towards reconciliation after the latest election uproar.
I am not really an expert on the subject, but from what i have heard, political assassinations are nothing new in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.
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