They shot that woman!

Benazir BhuttoThat’s what the cab driver said as I slid in. He was holding up the New York Daily News. “The government shot that woman. How could they do that?”

He was Pakistani, like many New York cab drivers, and he was articulating the prevailing sentiment – that the government of Pakistan was to blame for the assassination. They were not buying the story that Bhutto hit her head on the sunroof and died, and that they intercepted a message from Al Qaeda proving that they were behind the suicide bombing. That’s PR for autocrats. “We are responsible,” he said, referring to the U.S. (us).

New York is home to 100,000 Pakistanis, the largest Pakistani community in the U.S. Today, they were shocked and enraged and they needed to tell anybody who would listen.

Bhutto loved New York, city loved her NY Daily News

Shock in Pakistani Enclaves in New York, The New York Times

See PAKISTANI BLOGGERS for a round-up of independent news within the country

For Benazir Bhutto, the decision to return to Pakistan was sealed during a telephone call from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice just a week before Bhutto flew home in October. The call culminated more than a year of secret diplomacy — and came only when it became clear that the heir to Pakistan’s most powerful political dynasty was the only one who could bail out Washington’s key ally in the battle against terrorism. Washington Post, 12.27.07

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