I was returning home in the evening, stuck in a traffic jam somewhere near Andheri Subway, when dad rang.
Dad: [tag]Benazir Bhutto[/tag] has been shot dead
Me: How ? ( i meant how would gunmen get past a security cordon… would she have the equivalent of Z level security)…. but it came out as how….
Dad: With a Gun – they killed her. Bast***s.
JD called next…..
JD: You Heard?
JD: Yes. They shot her and then some suicide bomber blew the place up.. What a great story. (JD is a journalist and you need to forgive his ghoulish attitude towards news)
Next was K… a friend who is also a Sindhan.
K: Musharaff did it. He is the Modi of Pakistan. He can pretty much get away with murder.
K: I didn’t like her – that family was nasty to Sindhis, despite being Sindhi themselves.
HC: I had forgotten the Sindhi part…
The next was RM
RM – there are lots of people who hated her, the military, the mullahs, the [tag]mohajirs[/tag], Musharaf……..It could be anybody.
HC – or it could be everybody !
RM – no that is not possible. They like us more than they like each other…
HC – thats not really saying too much….
RM – No it isn’t and the [tag]Hindutva[/tag] nutcases want the entire f***ing nutcases back…..
before he could launch into how screwed up the ‘Akhanda Bharat’ policy was, i reached home and rung off
At home the folks were tuned to the BBC - the news was official. She was dead. A gun man/men shot her multiple times and a suicide bomber blew himself up just to make sure. As I was registering the news, SR called from Kerala (he is holidaying there) -
SR : Is it true? Benazir has been blown up..
HC: Yes. I saw it on the BBC….
Benazir Bhutto – rest in peace. And hopefully, the people of Pakistan will be catalyzed by this to throw out the Mullahs, Musharaf and the Military and take back their country.