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Breaking: Bhutto Assassinated in Pakistan

Sir David Frost interviews Benazir Bhutto about a prior attempt on her life in the video at left.  She was killed today by a suicide attacker who shot her and then blew himself up, killing at least another 14 of her supporters in the process.

The NYTimes has some updated information, as they can get it at the moment.

Condi Rice and the US State Department have been working behind-the-scenes with the former prime minister to work on a potential power-sharing arrangement with the increasingly weakened Musharrif government.  This is a spark in a powder keg that was already hot and ready to blow. 

There was also an attempt on the life of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.  Via WaPo:

Also Thursday, a rooftop sniper opened fire on supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at a different pre-election rally in Rawalpindi, leaving four dead and at least five injured.

This has all occurred 12 days prior to elections in Pakistan.

It is worth a reminder this morning that millions of dollars have been poured into Pakistan with no oversight from the Bush Administration as to how they have been spent.  Things were already a mess from the benign neglect and looking the other way on crackdowns and payoffs — and now this.

More news on this as we can sift through it…

UPDATE:  NDI has been doing election monitoring, and has filed a series of reports on the problems they were seeing with the upcoming Pakistani elections.  Including significant concerns about security.  Worth a peek at their reports and releases on this.  Will Bunch at Attytood has some thoughts on this as well.  BBC is doing up-to-the-minute coverage that is quite thorough.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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