Coverage of Bhutto assassination

“Pakistani former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated in a suicide attack. Ms Bhutto had just addressed an election rally in Rawalpindi when she was shot in the neck by a gunman who then set off a bomb.”

That’s from the BBC.

Read the coverage across the Metroblogging network of cities. Bloggers at Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi have been following the news.

The New York Times obit is here.

17 Comments so far

  1. Not interested in Pakistani politics (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 11:36 pm

    Please tell me what this has to do with Chennai.

  2. nandhu (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 11:43 pm

    nothing, of course.

    the reasons for the post are two. one is to give some coverage of this news, which shocking. the other is to give the reader links to the metro bloggers in the pakistani cities who have been following the events closely.

  3. R. Mohan Ram (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 3:52 am

    Thank you for the links to the Pakistani blogs. It was refreshing to read well written blogs and comments. We (particularly the ones who fire off poorly written comments) can follow their example and learn to write better. The quality of writing in many of the comments in our metroblog, are painfully embarrassing to this native of Chennai.

  4. R. Mohan Ram (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 4:05 am

    I am not an English scholar, as you can see in the grammatical error in my last sentence above. But still, we of Chennai should pay greater attention when writing commnets that can be read by metrobloggers of other cities.

  5. Still not interested in Pakistani politics (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 8:48 am

    Thanks, Nandhu, for the clarification. I see your point, and realise it *is* relevant here. (I disagree with your first reason, but your second convinces me).

    R. Mohan Ram: If you’re talking about my comment, please clarify.

  6. Arunkumar (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 9:41 pm

    I do agree that this is not relevant to Chennai.
    I had earlier submitted a blog to know what is best and worst of Chennai in 2007, that was not approved for publishing. May be that was not relevant to Chennai and this is definitely is.

  7. nandhu (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 9:57 pm

    hi arunkumar,
    we have seen ur suggestions, and a post on the worst and best of chennai is in the pipeline. i feel it’s our best interest and the readers as well to link to bloggers’ coverage of the shocking developments in Pakistan, including the Bhutto assassination.

  8. JustPassingBy (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 11:29 pm

    I guess Chennai readers would rather bury their head up in the Marina Sand than knowing what is happening in a country which may affect Indians. That is if Chennai citizens consider themselves as Indians rather than Tamil world citizens.

    In case, some of these readers weren’t aware ‘Chennai’ probably is in the top ten hit list
    programmed on the ‘Islamic Bomb’!

    Keep your ‘world around you’ awareness posts coming.

  9. Krishna (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 12:01 am

    If what you are saying is correct, at least for that reason we need to read news in order to know them better, especially during such national crisis. You never know what they are capable of.

  10. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 10:49 am


    “…nothing, of course… the reasons for the post are two. one is to give some coverage of this news, which shocking….”

    For the umpteenth time, we do not need chennai metblogs to know about what is happening around the country or the world. Please appreciate this.

    “… the other is to give the reader links to the metro bloggers in the pakistani cities who have been following the events closely. …”

    I think you have given enough publicity to those websites in an earlier post already. Do you have to be insensitive, and spam this site with your single minded purpose? Dont you think you could do well to apologise?

  11. Sanjeeva (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 1:20 pm

    Gentlemen, Its time we appreciated the fact that there are two sides to a coin and refrain from bloxing each other which is otherwise converting this lovely blog into verbal diarrhoea at the worst.

    Soory to be interfereing, but this insensitivity has been going on once too often. Let have patience and tolerence towards all.

  12. R. Mohan Ram (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

    Still not interested…..: I was not referring to your comments at all.

  13. Ela (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

    It was quite shocking when the news caught my eyes….it is not that another leader got killed, so that a political chaos prevails….but the very thought that what kind of value we have for human lifes? how much moral value and strength we have to fight for something that we believe to be good for us and the future?

    I always wondered when comments such as “what/why does it matter to us that happens somewhere?” Just why can’t such people stop to think before typing that? Nowadays whatever happens even in a remote corner of the world will affect the world throughout….even if it does not, i think it is always nice to learn from others experience and extrapolate it little bit so that we can draw something which could be useful for us.

    And when something like this happens to our neighbour which will/can have greater influence on our country…it is funny when people make such comments!

    And as for as it’s featuring is concerned….it is not as though broadcasting it as news…..i see it as an opportunity where the commentators can discuss over it and share their valuable ideas, if any…..

    I don’t see Chennai metblog only as a place where the happenings in Chennai has to be informed like a notice board so that everyone can feel that Chennai is an Metro but rather by the comments and discussions a city where the people are knowledgable and accountable……ones who care for what’s happening in the world where they are living and concerned for it…..

  14. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 8:59 pm

    ELA, is it something about women being assasinated that evokes so much tears? Let us be gender neutral from now.

  15. Anand (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 1:19 am

    It has nothing to do with it being a woman. I am sure Benazir herself would have wanted to be treated as equal to a man and would not have wanted any special favours.

    The reason for the shock and sadness, apart from the fact that all assassinations are shocking, is that she was extremely courageous in going ahead with campaigning in spite of knowing her life was in danger, and moreover she represented Pakistan’s best hope of restoring democracy. The stage is currently occupied by a dictator on one hand and extremists on the other and the vast majority have no voice. The sooner this situation changes, the better. The current turmoil is very sad for Pakistan, and looking further, is unsettling for India as well by virtue of being a neighbour.

  16. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 2:15 pm
  17. aarveeve9 (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 11:00 pm

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