27th December 2007 will be remembered as a very sad day in the history of Pakistan. On this fateful day, Ms. Benazir Bhutto, a high profile politician and Chairperson of Pakistan PeopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Party was killed in a Ã¢â‚¬Å“suicide bomb attackÃ¢â‚¬Â out side historic Liaqat Park, Rawalpindi, where the first Prime Minister of Pakistan was assassinated on 16th October 1951. The Un-timely death of Ms. Benazir Bhutto is a great tragedy. The death of Ms. Benazir Bhutto is a great lose to Pakistan. This cowardly act is deplorable and must be condemned and the people and person behind this heinous crime must be brought to justice. Ms. Benazir Bhutto was a leader of highest stature, she was a gifted lady and most popular political leader, who returned from self exile only in October 2007. I never agreed with the political doctrine of Ms. Benazir Bhutto and never supported the Pakistan PeopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Party, especially when Mr. Z. A. Bhutto nationalized all Christian educational institutions in August 1972. Yet the Un-timely death of Ms. Benazir Bhutto has saddened me along with hundreds of thousands people in Pakistan and around the world. I was shocked wheen I heard that Ms. Benazir Bhutto has been killed. What followed the death of Ms. Benazir Bhutto was another blow to the PakistanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s economy. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to narrate what happened in Karachi and all over the Province of Sindh and some parts of Punjab, yet I have no hesitation is saying that the enemies of Pakistan achieve their objective to destabilize PakistanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s economy by sacrificing a couple of men, reportedly three bullets and some explosive. Whereas PakistanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s economy suffered a lose of million of dollars in only twenty four hours. The life in Pakistan was paralyzed for four days. The people of Pakistan were forced to stay home due to riots and closure of all gas stations. And finally the election scheduled for 8th January had to be postponed till 18th February 2008. After Ms. Benazir Bhutto the vacuum of leadership in Pakistan PeopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Party may never be filled, even by her own son, Bballawal Zardari, who changed his name and added Ballawal Bhutto Zardari.
Every one knows that Ms. Benazir Bhutto and thirty innocent people have lost their live in this heinous crime of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Suicide Bomb AttackÃ¢â‚¬Â, yet no one is sure who is the master mind behind such heinous and cowardly act of terrorism. Or the people in general and at the helms of affaires know these people, yet they are hesitant to disclose their identity. Could it be Ã¢â‚¬Å“Al-QaidaÃ¢â‚¬Â, the local Talibans or the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Extra Extremist Islamic Theocracy? Or there could be some other people involved who are always trying to harm Pakistan and to destabilize Pakistan. I would not rule out the possibility of external hands in the assassination of Ms. Benazir Bhutto. Let us see the ground realities.
Pakistan has always been attacked from its Ã¢â‚¬Å“Eastern BoardersÃ¢â‚¬Â. After Pakistan became a nuclear power or state, an all out attack on Pakistan from Eastern side is too risky. If Pakistan is attacked from the East, it could result a total disaster not only for Pakistan and India but for the whole region. In December 2001 and in year 2002 we witnessed a huge military build up by the Indian army. Yet they had to withdraw to avert a nuclear stand off. Now it is not possible for India to wage a war against Pakistan on the conventional front. Therefore they are attacking Pakistan from its Western Boarders. According to reports, India has seven Consulates in Afghanistan. It the reports are true, one may ask, what are these Consulates doing in Afghanistan? Though Afghanistan has been a life long friend of India, yet there are hardly any trade relations with Afghanistan and there is total absence of tourism between the two countries. These Indian Missions might be involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan, and there is sufficient proof that India has been major supplier of arms, ammunition and financial assistance to so-called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Baluchistan Liberation ArmyÃ¢â‚¬Â that was smashed in year 2006. Failing to fuel the fire of insurgency in Baluchistan, India is all out to destroy Pakistan through its own sponsored terrorist activities. This aspect must not be over looked by the Pakistani authorities and international community.
On the other hand, I must say that our political leaders have a strange conception that they are Ã¢â‚¬Å“ImmortalÃ¢â‚¬Â. They think that no bullet, bomb or terrorist can target them or harm them. Ms. Benazir Bhutto was warned by the government of Pakistan that she is the prime target of terrorists after President Musharraf, yet she ignored the security advice and exposed herself on that fateful evening of 27th December 2007. She was provided adequate security and million of Rupees were spent on her personal security by the government of Pakistan. I ask the high ups of Pakistan PeopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Party, why they did not stop Ms. Benazir Bhutto to expose her from the Ã¢â‚¬Å“sun roofÃ¢â‚¬Â of the bullet and bombproof vehicle that was provided by the government of Pakistan. All other people travelling with her in the same vehicle were absolutely safe even after the bomb blast! DidnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t she know that she could be attacked while she had no protection out on the road where thousands of people were gathered along with her killer! I am deeply disturbed by the death of Ms. Benazir Bhutto for which she alone is responsible.
The Ã¢â‚¬Å“New Scotland YardÃ¢â‚¬Â team is investigating the death of Ms. Benazir Bhutto and her husband now the Co-Chairperson of Pakistan PeopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Party has demanded an investigation by the United NationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s investigators, yet one question will always remain unanswered that why Ms. Benazir Bhutto came out of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sun RoofÃ¢â‚¬Â of the vehicle she was traveling in?
Of all things that happened after 27th December 2007, the strangest thing that I observed is that no one has even mentioned the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hidden HandÃ¢â‚¬Â of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Extra Extremist Islamic TheocracyÃ¢â‚¬Â, that might be playing in the hands of enemies of Pakistan. With deep sense of grief and sorrow, I can only blame Ms. Benazir Bhutto for her death due to her own negligence and over confidence that is in-built in our political leaders, unfortunately.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Major (Retired) Timotheus Nasir