15 May, 2021

Redemption Song

Benazir dreamed of an elusive democracy. It took bullets to stop her.

Redemption Song
The Fallout
  • Chaos in Pakistan is not good news
  • The peace process will not move forward
  • Some Pakistan experts feel that cross-border terrorism may increase
  • To divert attention from internal problems the ISI may focus on Kashmir


"We will fight for a thousand years."
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, during a strong anti-India speech at the UN security council in 1965. He then waved his finger at the Indian envoy, condemned him for aggression, tore some UN documents, and stormed out of the hall.

The father was known for his quick temper and mercurial brilliance. Benazir Bhutto, by her own admission, was the "daughter of the East"—the title of her autobiography. But she was more than just the chosen successor of a martyred father. "She was a personality in her own right," says Union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, who had a unique vantage view into the Bhutto home. Between 1978 and 1982, Aiyar, then a...

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