Friday, December 28, 2007

Benazir's life, with all its contradictions and controversies, was a ray of hope in the Islamic world. She was the first elected woman head of a nation in the whole of Islamic world, that too in the backdrop of a mainly male-dominated south asian society. The life that ended with a mad man's bombing was not too unexpected in the wake of the recent developments in Pakistan; yet one would have thought she could have been more cautions, given more security, but all that becomes a useless talking point; at the end of it all, we have lost someone who had graced the south asian politics, with her brilliance, charm and personality. Pakistan is quickly descending into further chaos; have the extremists elements that fled Afghanistan after 9/11 invaded Pakistan?