I’ve just confirmed that Benazir Bhutto, leader of the Pakistani Peoples Party has been assasinated. She was shot twice and then the gunman detonated a suicide bomb vest, killing and injuring several others.
I’m sure more information will be flooding the news channels shortly.
This is going to have some serious repercussions for Pakistan. The anger that has been bubbling away in Pakistan on the part of the workers and the left intellegentsia is likely to reach boiling point. I envision a wave of strikes and riots throughout Pakistan now, and the likely collapse of the corrupt Musharraf regime.
Benazir had acted largely as a brake on the more revolutionary elements within the PPP. While the state will likely argue that she was assasinated by radical Islamists and attempt to use this as an excuse for a reimposition of martial law and a state of emergency, many within the PPP largely see the Musharraf government as complicit in the harrassment that the PPP has suffered, and will view the action as cynical on the part of the state.
I’m going to have to write more on this later.
The fight in Pakistan is one of progressive forces against fascism in the guise of a military and extremist Islamic grouping – there are some very real links between the two despite some superficial disagreements.
I would expect mass mobilisations to begin in Pakistan and internationally shortly.