AFP/THE HK STANDARD:
Former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto on Friday condemned a suicide bombing that killed at least 133 people at her homecoming parade in Karachi, calling it an "attack on democracy."
Bhutto was unhurt in Thursday night's attack, having climbed into her specially fortified vehicle just moments before two explosions ripped through crowds welcoming her back to Karachi after eight years in exile.
The streets, packed with hundreds of thousands of her jubilant supporters, quickly became a scene of bloody carnage. The campaign bus was scorched and dented.
"The attack was not on me, the attack was on what I represent," Bhutto said. "It was an attack on democracy and it was an attack on the very unity and integrity of Pakistan."
Bhutto pledged to defy the "cowards" from al-Qaeda, the Taleban and other militant groups who had vowed to launch suicide attacks against her before she flew home from Dubai.
"If it means sacrificing our lives, then we are prepared to risk our lives, but we are not prepared to surrender our great nation to the militants," she said.
THE JIHADISTS AND THEIR ALLIES IN PAKISTAN'S ISI AND ARMY MUST BE ELIMINATED.
MAYBE BHUTTO WILL HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
I POSTED EARLIER IN THE WEEK THAT PAKISTAN IS BECOMING THE NEW CENTRAL FROM IN THE GWOT. I FEEL THIS IS EVEN TRUER NOW.
WITH THIS CAVEAT: AL QAEDA WILL CONCENTRATE ON PAKISTAN. IRAN WILL CONCENTRATE ON THEIR NUKES AND ISRAEL/GAZA/LEBANON/SYRIA.