Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistan People's Party, was overthrown in a coup by General Zia-ul-Haq in 1977.
Bhutto was tried and executed in 1979.
In 1988, Bhutto's daughter, Benazir Bhutto became the first woman to be elected as head of an Islamic state.
Today, she was assassinated.
I personally have never supported Ms Benazir and her party (the PPP). But this, by all means, goes beyond the immediate politics of pretty much everything. It goes without saying that no one, and I mean no one -- even for a moment -- deserves to go this way, to die in such an unnatural manner and for such obnoxiously stupid reasons. Fate, as we already should know, is not without a sense of irony; Benazir has died (primarily) due to gunfire wounds while leaving a political gathering at Liaquat Gardens; Liaquat Gardens is not only named after, but is also the same place where the first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Khan Liaquat Ali Khan was murdered with a bullet.
At a human level this is a tragedy like no other. Only a few days ago I was mentioning to someone that the single most tragic person in all of Pakistan - maybe all the world - is Nusrat Bhutto. Benazir’s mother. Think about it. Her husband, killed. One son poisoned. Another son assasinated. One daughter dead possibly of drug overdose. Another daughter rises to be Prime Minister twice, but jailed, exiled, and finally gunned down.
Vinod at Sepia Mutiny offers his thoughts on Bhutto and Musharraf.