Salman Ahmed a very prominent musician in Pakistan shares a short commentary on Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, I reproduce his email verbatim
Despite my critical view of her as a politician, I’m saddened by the loss of Benazir. For the sake of our collective conscience and the nation’s self respect we need to know immediately who was behind her assassination. The govt’s version of events are pure fantasy, a full independent and credible inquiry is required to get to the bottom of this. Having said that, when there is no system of justice and no credible electoral process desperate people will remove Political candidates through desperate measures… The corrupt system helped create these suicide bombers and assassins… they will continue to create havoc until social justice is finally addressed.
Feudal politicians like Benazir, who presented herself as a “modern leader”, still continued the essence of the subcontinent’s colonial rule during her two times as prime minister. The nexus between the Pakistani feudals and our military are the reason why India has left Pakistan so far behind while we continue our confused, corrupt and clumsy spiral to disaster. Whats shocking is that PPP veteran politicians are brushed aside while power stays within the Bhutto clan. Bilawal and Zardari, are a slap in the face of democracy in Pakistan. This is not democracy, its a monarchy and the poor people of Pakistan pay for it with their lives.
Even though it seems to get darker by the day, I have strong hope that Pakistan will rise against tyranny and injustice. I base that hope on the resilience of the people and their love for freedom, equality and justice. Benazir’s death is shocking and regrettable but not surprising. She paid the ultimate price but left behind a legacy of corruption and revenge. She was part of the gangster rule that we grew up with since college… I still remember the first time I met her at the PM’s house in Islamabad, after she became the world’s first Muslim female PM. During our college days, She invited my first pop band “Vital Signs” to sing our national song DIL DIL PAKISTAN. For us naive students, she seemed perfect for Pakistan: young, educated, charismatic and courageous… but unfortunately that early promise betrayed the deeply flawed nature of her feudal upbringing. She saw Pakistan as her personal fiefdom rather than a country whose people needed her to be a strong democrat. She continued to make backroom deals with the Army and the US, married a Gangster in Asif Zardari and siphoned off 1.5 billion dollars from the poor people of Pakistan.
I believe that we are in a decisive stage, in which stability in Pakistan is pivotal for the safety in the region and on the planet.
Benazir Bhutto’s assassination is a stark reminder that Pakistan needs to restore the rule of Law, immediately. Otherwise, the law of the jungle will devour the fabric of society