President Musharraf has taken to the airwaves in an attempt to generate a sense of stability within the Pakistani government. The events of today, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, will present a significant test of the democracy in Pakistan. There is little doubt that the Islamic radical forces targeted Bhutto in order to increase negative public opinion on ex President Musharaff. There is little doubt that this tragic, yet somewhat predictable event, will intensify the power struggle which was already underway within the Pakistani government.

(ISLAMABAD ) Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf appealed to the nation to remain peaceful on Thursday after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto “so that the evil designs of terrorists can be defeated,” state TV said.

The announcement came while the president was holding an emergency meeting of top officials after Bhutto was killed in a suicide attack following a campaign rally in the city of Rawalpindi.

Musharraf, meanwhile, declared three days of national mourning.

Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro said the government would “unearth the conspiracy” against Pakistan after Bhutto’s assassination, which he called an “inhuman act of terrorism”.

In a statement, the caretaker leader appealed for calm and pledged that all efforts would be made to track down those responsible for the killing.

“Those responsible for this cowardly act of violence cannot be friends of Pakistan,” he said.

“This cowardly and inhuman act of terrorism will be traced down to the bottom, and the government will use all possible means to unearth this conspiracy against the country,” he said. — APN

What the reaction of the mainstream Pakistani people will be with respect to the “blame” that is sure to be laid at the feet of political rival Pervez Mushraff remains to be seen. No doubt this is exactly the turn of events that the Islamo-facist terror groups have been hoping for. Iran will be watching, hoping and doing what it can to support terrorist insurgents to create an eventual Islamic Republic of Pakistan. You can take that to the bank.