The murder of Pakistani ex-Prime Minister and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Head Benazir Bhutto on Thursday has sent shockwaves globally. She died in a bomb attack at Rawalpindi while about to return after the election rally organized by her party. Along with her, 15 other civilians were reported killed. Bhutto was very aware of her imminent death when she two months earlier escaped a similar attack in which 130 civilians were killed. However, she did not intend to abandon her democratic politics for which she has been a martyr now.
The immediate effect of this murder will definitely affect the proposed elections in Pakistan. The already instable and chaotic political situation in Pakistan will get aggravated. Pure terrorists who count their success by the number of deaths of unarmed civilians will may boost up their energy temporarily. Consequently, ordinary masses will have to face more insecurity and disruptions in their life.
As far as President Musharraf’s fate is concerned, circumstances will toughen up for him. His mission of the elections will definitely be questioned by critics and ordinary people alike. More importantly, the motive of Bhutto’s murder will also be linked to Musharraf’s own power reconsolidation efforts. The homecoming of Bhutto from self-exile meant a clear threat to Musharraf’s own position. He will be blamed for becoming loose-minded in security concerns. Likewise, Bhutto herself implied earlier that a gang within Musharraf’s military circle was planning to murder her. She was not more doubtful of other fundamentalist and terrorist groups while she spoke of her fear from the existing military structures of Pakistan. Perhaps she must have discovered that certain people within Musharraf’s circle were extremely hostile or intolerant to her homecoming. This perception of Bhutto publicly exposed two months ago will add more intricacy to the ongoing Pakistani politics.
Should the butcher politics be let go on like this, its serious impact on the whole South Asian politics will be seen in the near future. A separate specialization of butcher politics is going ahead in South Asia. Its infections have been seen almost in all countries in the region.
The institutionalization of butcher politics in South Asia will definitely mean the destruction of humanity where there can be no existence of democracy and human rights. To combat butcher politics, the South Asians will have to develop a new and transformative political leadership among them.
The existing political structures in the region are highly infected ones, and people can little hope from them in doing away with the butcher politics. As is clear, all-pervasive corruption and ill-governance boost up butcher politics while arms smuggling and criminalization of politics climb up with the help of scarcity of political morality. This is the crux that the South Asians aspiring for peace and prosperity in their region must understand.