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THIS IS WHAT DAY 1 IN OUR CITY LOOKS LIKE WITHOUT HER
Daily Times, December 29, 2007
The void left behind by AHMED RASHID, Zaman, Turkey, December 29, 2007
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto has left a huge political vacuum at the heart of this nuclear-armed state, which appears to be slipping into an abyss of violence and Islamic extremism.
The question of what happens next is almost impossible to answer, especially at a moment when Bhutto herself seemed to be the only answer.
Pakistanis are in shock. Many are numb and others are filled with unimaginable grief. Thousands have taken to the streets, burning vehicles and attacking police stations in an explosion of violence against the government. Bhutto’s death Thursday will almost certainly lead to the cancellation of the Jan. 8 parliamentary elections (already, the nation’s second-largest opposition party has called for a boycott if the vote is held) and the possible imposition of extraordinary measures by the military -- another state of emergency or even martial law. President Pervez Musharraf’s own political future has never been less certain.
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Future Unclear After Bhutto Assassination
The killing of the former Prime Minister will hurt the army's reputation, but how Musharraf and others will proceed is still in question
by Manjeet Kripalani; BusinessWeek - December 28, 2007
A tragedy born of military despotism and anarchy By Tariq Ali, December 28, 2007
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto heaps despair upon Pakistan. Now her party must be democratically rebuilt
Benazir’s killing calculated attack on democracy, says sacked CJP - Daily Times, December 29, 2007
Tens of thousands attend Bhutto's burial, vow revenge - Chicago Tribune, December 28, 2007