Benazir Bhutto’s niece writes in today’s LA Times that all the (media) hype about her aunt saving Pakistan, and Pakistani democracy, has no basis in reality. During her two governments, Fatima Bhutto reminds us that Benazir embezzled an estimated $1 billion from the treasury. She’s been convicted of money-laundering in the Swiss courts, and cases in Britain and Spain are ongoing. Benazir also probably had a hand in assassinating her younger brother, who was in Parliament and a critic of her policies. And, Fatima points out, while other critics of Musharraf are carted off to prison for threatening to hold a press conference, Benazir has held multiple ones from her home surrounded by police protection provided by Musharraf’s government. “House arrest” indeed. Fatima concludes:
“By supporting Ms. Bhutto, who talks of democracy while asking to be brought to power by a military dictator, the only thing that will be accomplished is the death of the nascent secular democratic movement in my country. Democratization will forever be de-legitimized, and our progress in enacting true reforms will be quashed. We Pakistanis are certain of this.”
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