October 19th at around midnight two suicide bombers killed themselves right along side the motorcade escorting Benazir Bhutto on her arrival back home after an 8 year self exile. Benazir arrived in Karachi at around 2pm in the afternoon of the 17th and the procession slowly inched its way to her final destination at Bilawal House located in Clifton, but around Karsaz intersection two explosions ripped through the procession killing over 150 people and leaving 500 injured.
It is without doubt a tragic day for Karachi and Pakistan, and we the citizens of this city are yet again threatened to not get involved in politics as catastrophes like this will generally keep the innocent away leaving the arena open to the hardened crooks.
In light of this sad incident a funny SMS has been making its rounds in Pakistan
Benazir Bhutto is a true leader of Pakistan, Because:
She traveled 9 km in 12 hours, but after the blast
25 km in 5 mins !!!
Phatti tau Bhagi, like all Pakistanis
Though my political opinions may not exactly coincide with the daughter of the east, but I am glad that she is safe and emerges from the devastation without so much as a scratch. God forbid if she had been killed in this attack then I suspect it would have made her a hero and catapulted the party into power for a good 5-10 years, as the sympathy vote bank would have really out poured. A father and daughter martyred at the hands of a ruling Army General, truly a perfect heart touching story which can be used as an important trump card to pull the voter into the polling station. Its been over 20 years since the hanging of ZAB (Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto) and till today his martyrdom is honestly less used as a sign of respect but more so as a sympathy evoking trump card to eventually convert into electoral seats.
A good recent example is Sardar Bugti who was killed about a year back, to be honest this aged guy was so close to his death bed at the age of 79 that he may easily have rocked himself to sleep in a few months if not more, leaving this world with only memories of a dynasty, and his followers would have mourned the loss then moved on with life. The simple act of killing this old man suddenly transformed this tyrant into a hero, people in Pakistan easily forgive the dead and now celebrate him instead to have fought for his people against the tyrant military dictator. What a role reversal of arguments, which changed simply with the way he died. Bugti in short is a bigger hero dead than alive
I suspect that if Benazir had been killed, her name would have suddenly transformed into a larger then life hero handing the country on a silver platter to the new found PPP leadership to run with unrestricted rule for a good many years. Hence my honest opinion, Thank God, Benazir Lives
Disclaimer: I make these comments more so as an opinion but with the utmost respect for the hundreds who lost their lives on the fateful day. May Allah Have Mercy on their souls