FOX47 NEWS - Hope In Pakistan Diminished

Jeff Angileri
Dec 27, 2007, 10:41 PM

UW history professor and south Asian scholar Robert Frykenberg describes former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination as a defeat for peace in Pakistan.

A lot of hope was pinned on her. She was very charismatic person, a great speaker. She probably would have won the election, Frykenberg says.

That hope was for political stability in the country.

Frykenberg says since it's inception 60 years ago- Pakistan has been a lawless country.

Bhutto was vowing to return democracy to Pakistan. Now hopes of that happening have been diminished.

She was a glimmer of light for the restabilizing of a stable parliamentary government under the constitution establishing a rule of law, Frykenberg says.

This wasn't the first attempt on Bhutto's life.

In October, she survived a suicide attack during her homecoming that killed 140 people in Karachi.

Frykenberg says there is something tragically ironic about where she was killed.

It was near where her father, Zulficar Bhutto, met his demise .

Benazir Bhutto's father was ironically enough hanged not too far. He was executed near where she was assassinated.

Pakistan's current president Pervez Musharraf has been meeting with other Pakistani leaders discussing whether the country should post-pone the upcoming palimentary elections or re-instate emergency rule.

Frykenberg says it would be in Pakistan's best interest to hold elections as scheduled.

Still he says with a number of extremists groups vying for power, the country's political future is up in the air.

This is the most dangerous country for world peace and for world stability. It's a very very dangerous situation, Frykenberg says.

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