Farewell to Benazir Bhutto

Bhutto at her final rally in Rawalpindi

My wife and I were just walking out of a restaurant after celebrating our 4th anniversary when I watched the CNN report that Pakistani opposition leader and former PM Benazir Bhutto was in critical condition after a suicide bomb attack in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Moments later, reports started filtering in that she had died.

What a sad ending to a great hero in the eyes of so many. Here’s a quote by one of her supporters, posted on BBC:

My god am crying while writing this the news came two hours ago i have never felt so hopeless before, Benazir was the only hope for our wretched land. Its just so sad the loss cant be described in words.

Nabeel, Rawalpindi

I am no expert in Pakistani politics, but from what little I know, Bhutto was probably the “least bad” of all the candidates in the upcoming elections. Just a few days ago, she had boldly condemned Islamist extremists for their violent ways. Yesterday, security officials thwarted a would-be suicide attack by a 15-year old at her rally. Now she’s gotten assassinated, probably by one of those devils.

What a troubled land Pakistan is! I pray some glimmer of hope will appear for Pakistan’s suffering people soon.