Benazir and Destiny

It's really sad that 2007 has to end on such a violent note with the death of Benazir Bhutto. But in many ways, any keen observer of Pakistan could see it coming.

There was already a bomb which killed 139 people the day she arrived back in Karachi in October. She escaped then but it was a matter of time before they got her. So the daughter of one man and the sister of two men who all died violently also did the same. I have to wonder if it was worth it.

As also the daughter of a (former) head of government, I have watched Benazir with some fascination, even though I don't identify much with her. I read her book Daughter of the East when it came out and was struck by how little we knew about what was going on in Pakistan at the time and also by how totally devoted she was to her father, to a point I thought where she seemed to be blind to his weaknesses. Which is something I try not to be with my own.