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Bhutto’s true colors – another pompous elite

January 1, 2008

Benazir Bhutto
Despite the prevailing opinion, Benazir’s death may offer new hope
for democratic values: rights, the rule of law, and law enforcement.

Benazir Bhutto gave Pakistan false hope of these enlightened values
two decades ago. In a shocking display of ineptitude, Pakistan’s first
woman prime minister failed to pass a single piece of major legislation
during her first 20 months in power. According to Amnesty
International, Bhutto’s particular brand of democracy while in office –
in the words of historian William Dalrymple, “elective feudalism” –
brought some of the world’s highest numbers of extrajudicial killings,
torture, and custodial deaths. Transparency International characterized
hers as one of the world’s most corrupt governments.

Bhutto revealed her true colors during an interview when she was
asked whether she would travel second class as leader of the opposition
under the Nawaz Sharif government’s austerity measures. In fury, the
“people’s representative” asked the interviewer if he knew who she was,
who her grandfather was, and stated that she was a Bhutto, not an
ordinary person, and that Bhuttos never traveled second class.

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