She knew the odds were against her. Too many people wishes her dead. The Islamists promised she will be dead because she promised to fight them. The army disliked her because she was a Sindi (they are mainly Punjabis) and a woman. Last but not least, parts of the Bhutto family may have wanted her dead as they were involved in vicious blood feud.
Unlike the Kennedy’s whose fate they seem to share, the Bhutto clan does not stick together. Her father was executed and a Harvard and Oxford education did not suffice to mitigate this revolutionary, ruthless feudal family’s sense of entitlement. Their best friends were found in Syria, Lybia and the PLO. One of Benazir’s brothers, Shahnawaz, died mysteriously in Paris. His own wife was implicated. The other brother, Murtaza, led a terrorist organization and ended up dead during a shoot out with the police while she was prime minister. Her return was not welcomed by many family members including Murtaza’s daughter, Fatima. Fatima not only blamed Benazir for the death of those blown up in the first failed assassination attempt on her life but also of cooperation with Musharraf. Here she is in a TV interview:
The left will point to the ISI. She certainly would have and add a reference to the CIA for good measure. Personally, I doubt it for their inability to protect her is devastating to their image. No, I do not think Musharaf is to blame either.
Ultimately, it was beautiful Benazir who wished to fulfil her role as Destiny’s Daughter. Well, she did. Let us hope her destiny will not be shared by too many Pakistanis, nor by too many of the rest of us. After all, her father started the building of the Islamic nuclear bomb.
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