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Bhutto’s homecoming

Last week I accompanied Benazir Bhutto on flight EK606 from Dubai to Karachi. The jubilant atmosphere on board turned to shock and fear just hours later

By Willem Marx   140

Karachi is Pakistan’s most chaotic city, and its largely immigrant population tends to view both the lung-clogging traffic and the occasional bouts of political violence as civic realities that should be acknowledged, accepted, then ignored. But there was no chance of that with the events surrounding one local figure’s homecoming last Thursday. An explosive attack on the convoy of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto left more than 130 of her supporters and protectors dead, and many more of those thronging her vehicle maimed and bloody.

The months of speculation about Bhutto’s return to Pakistan’s political fray, after eight years of…

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