The untimely death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has plunged the nuclear-armed Muslim nation into a deep political crisis as her political party grapples to find a new chief and the Pakistani people, another beacon of hope.
The sudden, shocking killing of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in a well-planned attack has plunged the nuclear-armed South Asian nation into one of the worst crises in its 60 year history.
Her violent death came just days ahead of general elections, which were scheduled for Jan. 8. Bhutto, the leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), one of Pakistan’s leading secular parties, was campaigning for the elections when she was killed.
But with Bhutto’s death, the PPP has been robbed of a charismatic leader and is confronting a leadership vacuum. “Benazir Bhutto was a woman of power, a self-proclaimed chairman of the PPP for life,” said Abou Zahab. “There was nobody who could possibly take over.”
A vacuum in Pakistan’s political soul
Date created : 2007-12-28