If you want to know how brutally Pakistan treats its people, you should meet Amina Janjua An intelligent painter and interior designer, she sits on the vast sofa of her living room in Rawalpindi -- a room that somehow accentuates her loneliness -- scarf wound tightly round her head, serving tea and biscuits like the middle-class woman she is.
If Benazir Bhutto's supporters were hoping that a Scotland Yard investigation into the former prime minister's death would contradict the Pakistani government's findings, they're bound to be disappointed by Thursday's reports that the British police agency pieced together a similar account of her Dec. 27 assassination.
Addressing international reporters Thursday in Islamabad, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said he and his administration have nothing to hide with regard to the Dec. 27 assassination of Benazir Bhutto; rather, Musharraf said Bhutto took risks at the Rawalpindi rally that made her vulnerable to attack.
As Benazir Bhutto's body was laid to rest Friday, the mystery about her murder remained unresolved, and outbursts of violence rippled throughout Pakistan in reaction to her death. Members of her political party said security lapses made her an easy target, while an official of Pervez Musharraf's government claimed she sustained a fatal wound when she struck her head as she ducked inside her armored vehicle. Of course, al-Qaida is on the short list of suspects in Bhutto's assassination.
Pakistan is in a state of turmoil following a suicide attack that killed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and at least 20 others in Rawalpindi on Thursday. Bhutto had appeared at a rally to drum up support for Pakistan's upcoming elections on Jan. 8 when a gunman shot her and blew himself up, sparking protests and more deadly clashes around the country.