Monday, December 31, 2007

COMMENT: On Benazir ...

In case you've just arrived from another galaxy, Pakistan's former Prime Minister (twice) Benazir Bhutto was assassinated a few days ago.

There has been 24 hour coverage on PTV, Pakistan's official public broadcaster. Most of it has been in Urdu, but there has also been some excellent commentary in English. You can also check out the PTV's world news website (which also has webcasting) here.

There are other private news channels in Pakistan, a full list of which can be found here.

South Asia expert author and historian William Dalrymple has written an excellent analysis and critique of Ms Bhutto in The Observer here. Tariq Ali also wrote a rather irreverent piece (before the assassination) in the London Review of Books which can be found here.

Professor Amin Saikal of ANU provides a thorough political analysis of events here, both as they might play out in Pakistan and the wider region.

Perhaps the best source of English language news from on the ground in Pakistan can be found at the Daily Times.

A regular writer for the Daily Times is lawyer Rafia Zakaria. She also is an associate editor of, and has published a regular Karachi Diary, the first instalment of which can be found here.

Shahed Amanullah, one of the big wigs at, asks some difficult questions in a short piece for Beliefnet. He also reminds us that Pushtun history is not just one violent monolith.

Last and certainly least are two analyses by yours truly, one in the New Zealand Herald and the other in The Age published in Melbourne.

Words © 2007 Irfan Yusuf

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muslimgirlpower said...

Video clips from leading Pakistani news channels and current affairs programmes (mostly in Urdu - some English - check the farcial press conference by the good Brigadier, most of which is in English) at
Also links to news articles and lots of heated online debate.

Mominah said...

After watching PTV for the first time at my sister-in-law's last Friday (the day the Earth apparently stood still to cover all aspects of the Bhutto assassination), I cannot understand how people can view this stuff for more than half an hour without feeling an overwhelming sense of nausea. With that said, I did switch the channel to SBS where I felt more at ease at seeing the same topic but presented at least with less monotony.

muslimgirlpower said...

Not surprising that PTV was allowed to stay on air, post-emergency, when Geo etc were all blocked.