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Benazir Bhutto: In Life and Death, a Blessing to the Jihadists

by Alamgir Hossain

07 Jan, 2008

I was shocked and saddened as the story of Benazir Bhutto‚€™s assassination suddenly popped up while browsing news at the dead of night on 27 December 2007. She was probably the only one able to put the house in order in Pakistan. Now that she is gone, it can well be the end of salvaging Pakistan from the hands of the Islamists. However, I held hope that this was probably the wake-up call, which Pakistanis may heed and rise up against the death-cult of the Jihadists. 

After her death, Ms Bhutto has emerged as an icon of secularism and modernity in the Islamic world, a courageous political leader and a champion democrat, a champion of women‚€™s rights, and a fighter against the Jihadists. Her death has been compared to Gandhi‚€™s and her political struggle to Aung San Suu Kyi‚€™s. She was going to replace the rogue dictatorship of President Musharraf to institute democracy and secularism in Pakistan. 

In a thoughtful analysis, however, it turns out that the majority of these epithets bestowed on her career and legacy are not accurate. Her most devastating action, not only for Pakistan but also for the whole world, was her patronization of the Taliban militia in Afghanistan and fueling of separatist Jihad in Kashmir. 

It is not right to put all the blame on her for the support that the Taliban and Kashmiri militants received during her tenure as Prime Minister (PM), because Pakistan intelligence services (ISI) and the military are too powerful for the PM to call the shot alone. Yet, she must accept her share of eager complicity. 

Let us explore the Jihadi world of Benazir Bhutto. As the Islamist separatist movement was heating up in Kashmir, she walked into the field to fuel the Jihad in Kashmir. In addressing a huge congregation, she said: 

‚€œThe people of Kashmir do not fear death, because they are Muslim. The Kashmiris have the blood of the Mujahids [Jihadists] and Ghazis [infidel slayers]. The Kashmiris have the blood of Mujahideens, because Kashmiris are the heir of Prophet Muhammad, Hazrat Ali and Hazrat Umar.‚€ 

In inciting even the women of Kashmir to Jihad, she said: 

‚€œAnd the brave women of Kashmir ‚€• they know how to fight and also to live. And when they live, they do so with dignity.‚€ 

She added: 

‚€œFrom every village [of Kashmir] only one voice will emerge, ‚€œFreedom.‚€ From every school, only one voice will merge, ‚€œFreedom.‚€ Every child will shout: Freedom, freedom, freedom.‚€ 

After becoming PM for the second time, she told William Dalrymple in 1994 about her support of the Jihadists of Kashmir: 

"India tries to gloss over its policy of repression in Kashmir‚€¶ India does have might, but has been unable to crush the people of Kashmir. We are not prepared to keep silent, and collude with repression." 

These rabble-rousing statements speak volume of Benazir Bhutto‚€™s eager support for the Kashmiri separatists, clearly inspired by her Jihadi zeal. The Islamic separatist movement in Kashmir started getting backing from Pakistan since 1990, when well-trained Jihadists started crossing border to join the Kashmiri guerrillas. During her second term (1993-1996), both foreign and local Jihadists started pouring into Kashmir in ever greater number. The result was a large-scale pogrom of native Kashmiri Hindus. No less than 60,000 people have died, many more have been handicapped or mutilated, while nearly half a million Kashmiri Hindus have been evicted from their ancestral homes, who languish in refugee-shelters elsewhere in India. 

Benazir Bhutto was, therefore, not a brave warrior against extremism and terrorism as commentators have propagandized over the last few days. Undeniably, she had an unstinted support for the Kashmiri Jihad movement. She had a similar support, on the other side of border, for the Taliban militia, who captured power in Afghanistan during her second term as unimpeded assistance flowed to them from Pakistan. It is impossible to discount the role of ISI and the military in Pakistan‚€™s support for the Kashmir and Afghan Islamist militias during her tenure. But, inspired by her religious zeal, she obviously had whole-hearted support for them. 

During Bhutto‚€™s stewardship, the Islamist militia power peaked in both Afghanistan and Kashmir, thanks to the unstinted support from Pakistan. The havoc, wrecked by Islamist terrorists today in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, is the harvest of what was seeded or nurtured and inspired by her. Her death is basically a fruit of the seed she herself had planted. Unfortunately, thousands of otherwise innocent men, women and children have also been victim of it and many more to follow in coming years and decades. I see more reason to mourn for those thousands of the victims, the innocent Hindus of India in particular, of the Jihad, she nurtured and helped flourish. 

A Harvard- and Oxford-educated liberated woman, she became first Prime Minister of a powerful Muslim state in 1988 at the young age of 35. But she did absolutely nothing to alleviate the despicable treatment of women in Pakistani society. She helped the Taliban sweep into power, who became the worst oppressor of women in living memory. Nearly an entire generation of Afghan women lost their rights, freedom, and dignity. She never lodged a strong protest against the mistreatment of Afghan women by her Taliban prot√©g√©s. So much for a champion of women‚€™s right! 

Furthermore, her support for the Kashmiri Jihadist was meant for creating another Afghanistan under the Taliban rule. India, since her birth, has established as a sustainable secular democracy with credible records in the rule of law, freedom and liberty, human rights, and the rights of women and minorities, which definitely rate much better than those of Pakistan. Her support for breaking Kashmir away from India to transform it into something like Pakistan or Afghanistan, does not make a her champion of democracy, secularism or women‚€™s rights either. Instead, her encouragement of the Kashmiris to be peaceful part of India probably could. 

William Dalrymple is obviously correct in asserting that she ‚€œdid little for human rights, a calculating politician who was complicit in Pakistan's becoming the region's principal jihadi paymaster while she also ramped up an insurgency in Kashmir that has brought two nuclear powers to the brink of war.‚€ 

Among the epithets accorded to her, she probably deserved to be called a brave person. She, defying ominous threat to her life from Islamic terrorists, returned to Pakistan and gave her life at the hands of a death-cult, she had propped up. 

Moreover, although her actions, especially her support for the Jihadists in Kashmir and Afghanistan, were meant for the undoing of secularism ‚€• she was, I believe, a truly secular-minded woman. She belonged to a secular family and grew up in the West, where lived the life of freedom and liberty and donned western dresses before her return to Pakistan. 

Her support for the Jihadists was probably an outcome of her naivety. She, like many others at the time, probably failed to conceive how the whole thing would transpire in the years and decades to come. I believe, she finally realized the depth of the Jihadist crisis faced by Pakistan; and this time round, she was up for a fight against them. I, however, doubt her ability to do anything worthwhile to contain the Jihadist tide. 

It is told that the Islamists have little support among the mainstream Pakistanis. But opinion polls have repeatedly proved that notion false. Since the 9/11, opinion polls have consistently demonstrated 45-51% popular support for Osama bin Laden among the Pakistanis. 

It is a fact that the mindset of Pakistanis has become dominantly radicalized. Under such circumstance, it is doubtful that she, being a woman, was going to be accepted as the leader of the country by the mainstream Pakistanis. A photo of her wearing a min skirt was making rounds in the internet and among Pakistani communities, attracting negative comments. The Islamists were going to expose her on the grounds of her previous un-Islamic life-style. Her being a woman and her previous life-style were going to be useful weapons to the Islamists for further fanaticizing the minds of Pakistanis. They were going to bring her down sooner or later. 

Yet, it would have been interesting to see how she was going to fight former Islamist prot√©g√©s. Now that she has gone, my biggest hope at the first moment was that her death could probably galvanize the half-hearted secularists of Pakistan onto a single platform and wage a united confrontation against the Jihadists. It should be realized that the greatest Jihadist danger the world faces today lies in nuclear-weaponized Pakistan, not Afghanistan or Iraq. The stability of Afghanistan is also intimately related to the situation in Pakistan, and the outcome in Afghanistan will ultimately influence the outcome in Iraq. 

The way the Talibanized elements are spreading their hold block by block in Pakistan already extending their tentacles to all major cities ‚€• it only about time before Pakistan falls at the hands of Jihadists. Pakistan can avoid becoming another Afghanistan only if all the highly divisive secular and semi-secular secular and half-secular forces join hands and stand up against the Islamists. Benazir Bhutto‚€™s death was a real opportunity for them to come onto a single platform. 

Instead, the Pakistani society has become even more divisive in the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto‚€™s assassination. Today no prominent leader in Pakistan is more secular than Musharraf despite his tainted past. Neither does anyone else grasp the depth of crisis and the need to firmly deal with it, as does he. There was a strong likelihood that following the election, the parties of Benazir and President Musharraf would join together to form an anti-Jihadist platform. However Pakistanis have almost unequivocally pointed fingers at President Musharraf and his ally America and to Israel and India for Bhutto‚€™s assassination. This has further shaken Musharraf‚€™s already tenuous position. 

Muslims are adamant that they will not point fingers at the Islamists, the guardians of the ‚€œreligion of peace,‚€ who can do nothing wrong. This wrong finger-pointing taints the secular fronts leaving the real culprits, namely the Islamists, clean and emboldened, accelerating their cruise to power. 

Ominously for Pakistan, the Islamist politicians have already emerged as the power brokers. Bhutto‚€™s death has made them only stronger. She has been a blessing to the Islamists in her death as she was in life during her time in power.

Name: benazir and pakistan
Date: Monday January 07, 2008
Time: 00:19:14 -0700


taliban r spreading their hate not in piggystan but also india. today congress bjp commies r under taliban control so much so that thousands of jihaids in jail r eating meat and fish etc on hindu tax paer money, this is true jihad. no muslim can be secular...bcoz secular means equality and islam judaism christianity do not preach equality for all mankind.  

Name: agnostic
Date: Monday January 07, 2008
Time: 00:58:53 -0700


Well worth browsing bookstores for HOUSE OF GRAFT: Tracing the Bhutto Millions -- A special report.; Bhutto Clan Leaves Trail of Corruption Author: JOHN F. BURNS Published: January 9, 1998 which has details of her embezzling 1.5 billion from the pakistani people. 60 years and pakistan goes backward daily. Benazir hated India with every fibre in her body. Weep not for her - consider one evil down, say your daily prayers for more to die violent deaths.  

Name: kafir/infidel ( & Ex-communist ).
Date: Monday January 07, 2008
Time: 13:41:54 -0700


PAKISATAN was formed by stealing the land from INDIA/HINDUS by intimidation, blackmail, civil war, terror instigated by the monsters trio JINNA, Rafat Ali chodary and other evil minded ,perpetrators. I will post the whole background story to see for yourself how this monster , evil, terrorist entity called PAKI-SATAN was created. In addition the western countries aided by U K connived with evil motives to make Hindus/INDIA weak by dividing INDIA and giving it to Moslems. At that time they ( western power brokers ) thought that they are helping Moslems - who they thought are related to them - as Judaism,christianity and ISLAM originated from the same area . In reality ISLAM is a copied version of christianity, judaism, bible,thora, some preislamic pagan traditions. There is absolutely no spiritual value - none what so ever in ISLAM . ISLAM is a FASCIST,MOST INTOLERANT, Most DOGMATIC, Most uncivilized, Most hate filled, most terrorist, bloodthirsty theology/ideology . ISLAM is based on dividing people, separation, slavery, terror, instilling fear, killing, rape, criminality. Read, think, understand, analyze,know the ISLAMIC past history, present events, examine the laws in any Moslem/ISLAMIC country - then you will understand the evil,wickedness, hatred, pure poison generated by ISLAM . AS I see with crystal clear clarity that ISLAM cant offer any thing good to humanity and for the future - Infact ISLAM will take the civilization backwards into darkness- stark darkness. Why all the progressives, human right activists, multiculturalists, liberals ,women activists, feminists do not ask very simple questions - where in 56 ISLAMIC countries of present day - one can find the progressive,liberal, pluralist, freedom, peace, secular, democratic values are found based on equality of all religions, equality of all people, equality of women, children, equality in law, equality in governance , equal opportunities for all citizens ? ISLAM is incompatible with secularism, ISLAM is incompatible with equality, incompatible with democracy, equality of women, Islam is incompatible with the equality of all religions, ISLAM is incompatible with multiculturalism, ISLAM is incompatible with equality of governance, ISLAM is antiscience, ISLAM is against dance, singing, music. ISLAM violates all the human rights values enunciated by UN body. Where are all the people to tell the truth ? Today PAKISATAN is the bed rock for all that ISLAM stands for. ISLAM poisoned the PAKIS ,brain washed their minds-thoughts ,filled their psyche with pure poison of ISLAM. PAKISATAN will never produce a great leader imbued with highest human values of modern times , like INDIA/HINDUS produced in multitudes of such great men/women of noble values - just few examples of recent times- Gandhi, vivekananda, auribindo, rabindranath Tagore, RAMAkrishna pramahamsa, RAMANA MAHARSHI, Nehru etc. PAKISATAN with it's poison of ISLAMIC theology must be defanged to see the progress,peace,prosperity for humanity. 

Name: Proud Infidel
Date: Tuesday January 08, 2008
Time: 15:19:53 -0700


All that matters is that she looks great in a mini. 

Name: Aziz Tayyab
Date: Tuesday January 08, 2008
Time: 15:24:10 -0700


muslims are all ignorant and illtolerant because that is the nature of the beast that is Islam. I have written about it at my site [] 

Name: Aoun Al Farabi
Date: Tuesday January 08, 2008
Time: 19:51:22 -0700


Total nonsense 

Date: Thursday January 10, 2008
Time: 04:28:33 -0700


well indian hindus used to burn widows in the stake wit their husbands corspe so much for freedom of women in hindu !!! islam is the best!! pakistan rocks!! 

Name: CW
Date: Saturday January 12, 2008
Time: 03:01:34 -0700


Jesus said, "you will recognize them by their fruit." 

Name: RS
Date: Tuesday January 15, 2008
Time: 07:17:55 -0700


This in response to comment "sati" carried out in India amongest Hindus. Let@s put this practice in context gastly as it is was A, voluntry not forced B, came in to being serious practice from a mythical practice (remeber Sita) when muslims rulers started invading India because THEY MERRILY ENSLAVED WOMEN ,RAPED LOOTED LOCAL POPULATION AND BEHEADED MALES BY THOUSANDS) ALL BECAUSE IT IS THE THING TO DO TO KAFIR AS SAID IN QURAN. WIDOWS WERE ESAY TARGETS AND ROUTE FOR CONVERSION. c, aNYWAY IT IS A DEAD PRACTICE NOW HOWEVER IN PAKISTAN OR ANY COUNTRY RULED BY SHARIA A WOMEN GETS RAPED SHE GETS LASHES OR DEATH. wHAT IS HER CRIME? SHE CANNOT GET WITNESS TO PROVE THAT IT WAS NOT CONCENSUAL. aS IF RAPIST RAPE WOMEN IN PUBLIC. Does Pakistan rock now? No the taliban ,jehadist and islamists boms "rock" Pakistan. 

Date: Tuesday January 22, 2008
Time: 22:20:36 -0700


What a sorry ASS. Sati was Voluntary?? What??, with a child bride, drugged and forced to sit on a pyre with her old dead husband??? 

Name: Naseem
Date: Thursday January 31, 2008
Time: 02:24:42 -0700


Well written and well said. 

Name: wajia
Date: Wednesday May 21, 2008
Time: 10:12:53 -0700


what happened how did it happen 

Name: enemy of kaafirs
Date: Monday June 16, 2008
Time: 15:59:00 -0700


actually kafir/infidel you are a true kaafir and you will be burning in the hell and you terrorist christians like bush-hush have killed mohtarma benazir bhutto and al qaeda is their own agency they made it because you irritating christions/kaafirs were getting jealous that why is everyone converting to islam so thats y u kaafirs have chance to abuse islam but u people will die a death of wild dog..... 

Name: baba
Date: Saturday June 21, 2008
Time: 11:10:07 -0700


just see this 

Date: Saturday June 21, 2008
Time: 22:29:25 -0700


I think every religion has its own good things and bad things to say. it is up to the individual to accept or deny it. We should never judge any person by his religion or location because no matter what religion he is following or what country he is from, his actions will be depended on his analysis of situation and terrorism is not confined only to muslims but to people belonging from other religion also... so it concludes terrorist belong to no religion. please dont spread hatred with ur comments. 

Name: sadiquain
Date: Tuesday July 15, 2008
Time: 02:02:34 -0700


she is never like jihad because the this is the path which give the ackep rout from the policital struggle. only one person is allow the jihad in the islam which is the Imam and only is not present in open in the world. very true muslim no about that.  

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