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Khalid Khawaja, a retired officer of the Pakistan Air Force who was in the ISI in the late 80s, rejected a recent denial by the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) that its leader had ever met Osama bin Laden. Muttahida Majlise Amal President Qazi Hussain Ahmed had said in a recent interview that Sharif had repeatedly met Bin Laden, who had offered him money to topple the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government in 1990.
Originally posted by DrOOpieS
Is it just me, or is it strange that she is being buried this soon?
No autopsy? I have a feeling a civil war in Pakistan is nearing a reality.
Originally posted by Sanity Lost
Bush told Musharraf to do everything possible to ensure Bhutto's safety. - We know now that this protection failed.
Originally posted by DrOOpieS
CNN just aired an image that is supposedly taken before the attack. She is shown standing in the bed of a pickup truck waving to a large crowd.
She was sworn in for the first time in 1988 but removed from office 20 months later under orders of then-president Ghulam Ishaq Khan on grounds of alleged corruption. In 1993 Bhutto was re-elected but was again removed in 1996 on similar charges, this time by President Farooq Leghari.
After completing her early education in Pakistan, she pursued her higher education in the United States. From 1969 to 1973 she attended Radcliffe College, and then Harvard University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in comparative government. She was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
The next phase of her education took place in the United Kingdom. Between 1973 and 1977 Bhutto studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She completed a course in International Law and Diplomacy while at Oxford. In December 1976 she was elected president of the Oxford Union, becoming the first Asian woman to head the prestigious debating society.
On 18 December 1987 she married Asif Ali Zardari in Karachi. The couple had three children: Bilawal, Bakhtwar, and Aseefa.
... even those looking for best case scenarios predict that Pakistan could quickly slide into anarchy.
Meanwhile, paramilitary forces have been put on alert on the Indo-Pak border following the assassination of Bhutto, a home ministry spokesman said.
However, it is the short-term management of the situation that is causing deep worry in New Delhi. Observers say Pakistan has already been gripped by widespread and deep anger at the Pakistan army, which is seen as the proximate cause of the assassination. If ordinary people descend on the streets and begin attacking symbols of military rule - and Pakistan descends into civil war and chaos - India’s borders could become unsafe.
India will also watch closely the moves made by the United States now. US had supported Bhutto’s role in the democratic process. Whether US will continue to view Gen Musharraf as the last bulwark against Jihadi elements or if he will be seen as part of the problem remains to be seen.
Originally posted by Equinox99
I am not surprised that she was assassinated. However her death could have been a good thing, we will tell in time. It is time for the Pakistani people to finally realize that the terror regime has to end and this revolution must start with the normal civilians lashing out on terror/extremist groups.
I hope the best for Bhutto's family and I hope this sparks the fire in every civilians heart to speak out against extremism.