Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination is a Sign of Pakistan’s Deepening Political Crisis
Today’s bomb blast in Rawalpindi, which
lead to the death of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto,
is a sign of the deepening political quagmire into which Pakistan is
descending. Over the past few months there have been worsening problems
of law and order, with huge civilian casualties not only because of
road side bombs but mainly because of the violence from the Musharraf
regime. The use of incidents such as today’s to crackdown in
Waziristan, Swat and the Lal Masjid has left thousands dead, and only
deepened the unrest. Coupled with this external players have used
political violence in Pakistan over many years for their own ends.
Pakistan’s entrenchment in the US war on terror, sectarian conflicts and the lack of any real political alternative have all contributed to this turmoil which cannot be resolved under the current status quo. Musharraf bears a lot of responsibility for bringing the situation this far, but secular governments in the past have inflamed different types of lawlessness under their watch. Trust between the current ruling class and the people is non-existent, with no confidence that they will bring any solution. Furthermore, as long as Pakistan’s politics is more influenced by Washington and London than it is by its own people there is no hope that violence and instability within the country will diminish.
The only hope for Pakistan to bring order out of this chaos is the establishment of the Islamic Khilafah. It will end Pakistan’s involvement in Washington’s war on terror; it will stop the killing of its own citizens; it will unify all the provinces of Pakistan. Islam is the only thing that commands people’s respect. At this tense time, and at the potential brink of chaos, our prayers are with the people in Pakistan, but we must focus our exclusively political efforts on providing a new leadership and new system as the real alternative to reverse this ever-deepening decline.
Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain
27th December 2007 / 18 Dhul Hijjah 1428