Benazir Bhutto Assassinated

12/27/07 Robert Lorei
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Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated after a speech to thousands of supporters at a rally.

A party security adviser says Bhutto was shot in the neck and chest as she got into her vehicle, and then the gunman blew himself up.

Supporters have been smashing glass doors at the hospital where she died.

Some have been voicing their anger at Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf. Others have been weeping.

Bhutto had twice served as Pakistan's prime minister. She returned in October from an eight-year exile.

We were joined by two guests this hour to discuss the implications of the assassination, the future of Pakistan, and U.S.-Pakistan relations:

MOHAMAD BAZZI

Bazzi recently wrote the piece "U.S. Must Cut Ties to Pakistan's Dictator," in which he states: "If anyone in the Muslim world still believed in the Bush administration's historic promise to support democracy over political expediency, those hopes are being shattered with the crisis unfolding in Pakistan." The former Middle East bureau chief for Newsday, Bazzi is a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

And JUNAID AHMAD, president of the U.S.-based National Muslim Law Students Association and a Pakistani-American, Ahmad was last in Pakistan this August.

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