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Benazir assassination:The unprecedented mass reaction

By: Farooq Tariq

29th December 2007 (7am)

Pakistan has never seen so many people protesting in streets all over as been the case during the last two days. They were all united across Pakistan to condemn the brutal murder of Benazir Bhutto. The news was heard with a great shock and there was an immediate mass anger erupted in all parts of Pakistan. 28th December was the first day of general strike called by many groups ranging from political parties to various professional groups.

Most of elections posters, banners, flags and bill boards of Pakistan Muslim League (PMLQ) were the first victim of the mass anger. PMLQ is a General Musharaf creation after 1999; a major split of Pakistan Muslim League, The rest is headed by Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister. PMLQ has been sharing power with General Musharaf after 2002 and is comprised of the most corrupt feudal, capitalists, former army generals and black marketers.

PMLQ had spent billions of these advertising material and all that was gone within few hours of mass reaction. It was very proudly claiming that it has done the home work. The work to remove all these anti people election material was done with utmost sophistication. None of Pakistan Peoples Party or Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz election material was removed.

Then it was the banks mainly in Sind. They were attacked and the buildings were burned in many cities of Sind. Most of ATM machines were destroyed. In some places, people were lucky to bring some money home. Banks had made unprecedented profits during the last few years. There was no free banking any more that was the case earlier from sixties.

Hundreds of private buses were burned in all parts of the country. The fares had gone too high during the Musharaf eight years of rule. There were no more public buses. Most of PMLQ government ministers had their own bus companies and were making huge gains out of mass poverty.

There were also incidents of burning of railway trains in Sind. According to Daily Jang 28 railway stations, 13 railway engines, and seven trains have been burnt resulting over three billion Rupees loss. The rail fares were increased by many folds by Musharaf regime in a bid to reduce the railway losses. It has been partly privatized as well. The whole rail system has collapsed since 27th December night. Thousands of passengers are on the railway stations waiting for restoration. There is no sign of restoration for some days. Pakistan International Airlines PIA and two private airlines, Air Blue and Shaheen Air have cancelled all their domestic flights on the name of “rescheduling”. The staff did not turn up.

Thousands of private cars have been damaged all over Pakistan by the angry mob mainly youth. They were showing their anger on the car companies (mainly Toyota, Suzuki and Honda) unprecedented profits during the last few years. Many leasing companies have robbed the growing middle classes by offering cars with abnormal prices. While the massive majority of population have no more ant subsidized public transport.

The houses and offices of PMLQ politicians, local government’s mayors and administration are the other victims of the mass reaction. They have either been burnt or damaged.

Over 100 people have so far died in the incidents relation to mass protest either by police or by cross firing of different groups during the last 40 hours.

Thousands and thousands have raised slogans against Musharaf regime and American imperialism after the death of Benazir Bhutto. The anger was accumulated during the last eight years and was manifested after this unthinkable incident. This was a response of the masses to the strict implementation of neo liberal agenda which resulted in unprecedented price hike, unemployment and poverty. The anger that was to be shown in boycotting or participating in the elections has come out early after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

There is a great anti Musharaf consciousness all over. It is been shown in different ways in different part of the country in different degree. The so-called capitalist economical growth under Musharaf has left millions in absolute poverty. There was no Pakistan shining as was propagated by the dictatorship all the times.

The 2007 has been a year of mass awakening. It started with advocate movement after the removal of chief justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan. The chief justice Iftikhar Choudry said a big “No” to resign under pressure by the Generals. He was removed only to be reinstated on 20th July after a massive movement of 80,000 lawyer’s community. They were joined by political activists from almost all political parties but not by the masses. Masses only welcomed the chief justice from the side roads and did not participate in the movement in real terms.

Musharaf got himself elected as president for the second five year term in a “democratic manner” by a parliament elected for one five year term. He was still wearing military uniform when elected as “civilian” president. His theme was “elect me president for the second term and I will take off uniform after taking oath as civilian president”.

The November imposition of martial law on the name of emergency was used to remove the rather independent top judges of Pakistan. It put restrictions on the media and over 10,000 were arrested. Musharaf got himself duly “elected president” and took off uniform after removing the top judges. His hand picked judges gave him all the necessary backing. He was helped in this process by Benazir Bhutto who was forced into in Tariq Ali,s word “forced arranged marriage” by US and British imperialism. In this unholy alliance, every one was cheating everyone with utmost honestly.

he general elections were announced for January 8th and emergency lifted after the large scale repression and removal of independent judiciary. The regime was happy that everything is going according to “plan”. The Pakistan Peoples Party of Benazir Bhutto and Muslim League Nawaz and Quid Azam (PMLQ), the three major parties had agreed to participate in these fraudulent elections. The religious fundamentalist political alliance MMA had split on the question of participation in elections. One major part of MMA had gone to contest elections.

The campaign for and boycott the election had started when the religious fundamentalist stuck and killed Benazir Bhutto on 27th December evening. The “plan” was shattered into pieces. It was big blow to agreed terms and conditions of various participating parties in the elections. It was not a bumper on the road but a total destruction of the road of conciliations and compromises.

The murder of Benazir Bhutto is a double edge sword. While it is big blow to the plans of British and American imperialism, it will also be no celebration for the religious fundamentalist forces. The initial anger has gone against the military regime and its crony politicians. It can go against the both. No party will be able to celebrate the shocking killings.

But Musharaf regime has understood this clearly and now is trying consciously to put the direction of the movement against the religious fundamentalists. Last night on 28th December, in a two hour press conference, a military brigadier, representing the government named Baitullah Mehsud, an Al-Qaeda associate in tribal areas of Pakistan as the one who carried out the attack.

Foolishly he tried his best to prove that Benazir Bhutto is not killed by a bullet but by the lever of sun roof of the bullet proof car while Benazir Bhutto was waving to crowds outside after the bomb blast. What difference it makes, if it is proved that Benazir Bhutto is killed not by the bullet but by another way? Not much.

The military Brigadier explanation did not satisfied the angry journalists who asked him again and again about the connections of secret intelligence agencies of Pakistan with Abdullah Mahsood. The question, that why Mahsood released quietly over 200 Pakistan army men on the day of imposition of emergency, who were kidnapped by his group a week earlier, went unanswered. The military Inter Services Intelligence ISI has long time relationship with the religious fundamentalists groups dating back to Eighties when Imperialists and fundamentalists were close friends.

It is very volatile, unstable, unpredictable, explosive, dangerous, impulsive, fickle and capricious political situation. It never happened before in many years that mass reaction has erupted to this degree.

The general strike was a total success. All roads were empty. No traffic at all. All shops were closed. All industrial and other institutions were completely shut down.

After the initial inhibition to curb the strike, the regime has now issued strict orders to kill anyone on the spot if it is “looting” any thing. It has called the regular army in 16 districts of Sind and paramilitary forces elsewhere in Pakistan.

The regime has so for not postponed the scheduled elections but it is very difficult to hold elections in this situation. Nawaz Muslim League Nawaz and several other political parties have already announced to boycott the fraudulent elections.

Labour Party Pakistan is demanding an immediate resignation of Musharaf dictatorship and forming of an interim government comprising of civil society organizations, trade unions and peasant organizations. This is to hold free and fair general elections under an independent election commission. It is demanding an immediate restoration of top judges and investigations of Benazir and others murder in this and previous bomb blast by these top judges. As part of All Parties Democratic Movement, LPP is supporting a three day general strike and linking it to the overthrow of the military dictatorship. It is asking all parties to reject the general elections fraud on 8th January and not to participate in these elections.

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Renegade Eye | December 29, 2007

Very interesting post.

I'm waiting to find out how the rank and file of the PPP respond. I hope they go back to their socialist roots.

Pradeep | December 29, 2007

Benazir was a brave woman. It's sad that she has been denied a chance to make Pakistan a great country.

Wajahat Abbas | December 29, 2007

A Symbolic Death of Democracy in Pakistan

It’s really a turning point in the history of Pakistan.
I am quite depressed after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. I am not a PP or BB worker, but this even blows the Pakistan democracy, and this event will lead us to disaster.
Though we have hardly seen democracy in Pakistan, from 1947, but Benazir was the symbol of Democratic reform movement in Pakistan, and I don’t know what is going to happen after her death.
This is not just a murder of a political leader, but attack on Pakistan, attach on democracy. This is a part of big games by big powers to demolish Pakistan.
Let’s pray and seek help from GOD to save Pakistan.
It’s a depressing time for Pakistan, really a bad time for Pakistan, may be majority of us (Pakistanis) perceive it a party leader murder, but it scope it very big, and it will have a very big and bad impact in the future of Pakistan.
Benazir Bhutto was a brave leader, and she scarifies her life for Pakistan. Though she was targeted in last suicide bomb, and continually threatens, but she stands firm until gunned down.

Very few political leaders have this mush courage which Benazir and Bhutto family has shown.

DISPASSIONATE ANALYSIS | January 14, 2008

On 911 the yanks bastards aided by mossad killed 3000 of their own people, sent anthrax to the senators/congessmen they hated, and the side of pentagon where they lodged their opponents in the pentagon.


Zia was killed by CIA along with the American Ambassador to hide the mastermind.


Kennedy was killed by the yank elite bastards itself.


Lincoln was similarly killed by the yank bastards.


The real terrorism is the european and yank terror against their own.


The zionists conspired with hitler to kill their own jews. there is an extensive free book on the internet on this subject by Rabbi Moshe Weismandel.


Moshe Katsa, the Iranian zionist jew president of Israel himself led the rape of numerous jewish girls.


American Marines have on numerous occasions raped their own WASP women.


Reagon and Herbert Bush are pedophiles who molested white american innocent kids.


GWBush had a number of affairs with blonde white women.


DISPASSIONATE ANALYST
ON WHO KILLED BENAZIR ?


Taliban would not be motivated to kill Benazir.


Musharraf is their bigger enemy who assisted the americans against
them with tremendous logistical support.


Her brother was killed in Karachi by the MQM. They are the most callous, irreligious, and secular hardened killers, with no compassion just like Musharraf. For example, who killed the registrar of the supreme court, Hamid Raza execution style ?


They are bonded to Musharraf by the Mohajir blood.


Musharraf is a stooge of America. His ONLY son in there and so are his brothers. He trusts them. He is being tutored personally by Negroponte. CIA provides free consulting to him and Negroponte personally tutors him. Ponte went there to tutor Musharraf on how to handle the JUDICIARY in a machiavellian fashion, by inflicting a mortal disabling wound , and that is exactly what Mush did.


The zionists and hindu are quietly watching because Mush and MQM is doing their job and you maintain pin-drop silence when your enemy is destroying itself.


According to the brainy NEOCONS, from the Ashkenazi or KHAZAR tribe of Central Asia, the wise and learned authors of the protocols of the learned elders of zion, the loyal servants of the King and Banker Rothschild, one of whom Mikhail Khodorkovsky who looted the biggest of Russian oil and was nabbed like a rat by Honorable Vladimir Putin of Motherland Russia and the Fatherland, and also the master conspirators
of the Russian revolution and the establishment of the state of Israel (An Illustrious Resume of ACHIEVEMENTS):

This is the way to handle an islamic nuclear country by making it crumble from inside by putting a militant minority of biharis (who were the back-stabbers to their very neighbors and muslim brothers, the bengalis in 1971 on the basis of language and ethnicity) like the Kallu Mush, on top of the majority in the country. Being cornered, they will heartily and mightily fight and destroy each other with wanton and abandon.

Being cornered, they will heartily and mightily fight and destroy each other with wanton and abandon, AND MAKE NO MISTAKE, SRI-LANKA is a proven case of SAVAGE TAMIL HINDU TERROR trained by none other than the Israeli Mossad and the Indian RAW. Biharis are BECOMING temperamentally very much like that.


We must stop the transmogrification of the Biharis by reaching out to them by love and dialogue. Only that could work.


Musharraf and MQM believes that it is their historic opportunity
to setup a Mohajir Caliphate - forever.


The goal of CIA, Mossad, RAW is to create Tamil-Sinhalese
intensity and style hatred in Pakistan, and MQM is the perfect tool. We must guard against it and resuscitate a hero like Dr A.Q.Khan to serve as the bridge. It will kill many birds with one stone.


It will kill many birds with one stone.


It will kill many birds with one stone.


Musharraf and MQM dream has no feasibility, but their belief in it will indeed make the CIA/Mossad/RAW plan not only feasible but successful.


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Nutwatch | January 17, 2008

Oh crikey. I think we have here the record for the most lies in one blogger comment. But "Dispassionate Analysis" forgets a few other conspiracy theories.

* The USA faked its own moon landings and has a secret rendition centre where all the "victims" of the 9/11 hijackings are kept on the far side of the moon of course
* It was a missile not a plane that hit the Pentagon (according to Fidel Castro).
* The CIA has been using Klingon and Romulan technology to maintain its evil operations.
* Freemasons, the Rotary Club and The Lions Club are aiding and abetting the Zionists in their world domination agenda (don't believe me? Look in the Hamas Covenant).
* The holocaust didn't happen ---they lied about it.
* The polio vaccine and the MMR vaccine are a deliberate ploy by the Klingon-Rotary Club-Zionist-Bildeburg-CIA to kill our children and make muslims sterile.
* the answer to all this Daleks - we have been following their agenda for so long now.

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