On Thursday, the Pakistani opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto was killed by a gunman in Rawalpindi. The gunman shot her in the spinal cord and chest (the cause of death was damage to the spinal cord). The gunman then blew himself up, and 20 others were killed in all (for the full story, read here: http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2007-12-27-bhutto-pakistan_N.htm).
Bhutto was the head of the party opposing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, and her party was expected to win the election which is just days away. Musharraf released a statement saying, “This is the work of those terrorists with whom we are engaged in war. I have been saying that the nation faces the greatest threats from these terrorists. I express my resolve that — and I also seek solidarity from the nation and cooperation and help — we will not rest until we eliminate these terrorists and root them out.”
The Pakistani opposition leader, Nawaz Sharif, called for the immediate resignation of Musharaff said that he would boycott January 8th parliamentary elections.
As a result of the attack, violence has broken out among Pakistan, with several more deaths.
World leaders condemned the attacks and urged Pakistan to continue its path toward democracy. I join them and do the same.
I hope that a strong leader will take Bhutto’s place, and I hope that Musharraf will not capitalize upon this attack in any attempt to maintain power. Pakistan MUST continue toward democracy. These terrorists MUST be caught and punished. Democracy and order MUST prevail!