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The queen is dead

Benazir Bhutto was consistently brave, but her belief that bloodline should trump ability could ultimately endanger Pakistani politics

By Moni Mohsin   January 2008

When news of Benazir’s assassination broke, my nephew gasped, “She can’t be dead! She’s always been a part of my life.” So strong and ubiquitous was her presence, he cannot imagine Pakistan without her. No one can. She grew up in the public eye, and we knew her through all her incarnations from pimply adolescent to the first female leader of a Muslim nation. Dressed in signature 7-Up green shalwar kameez, her head covered by white chiffon scarves, this arresting, contradictory woman, with an impossibly tragi-glamorous family history, had the wherewithal to save her country but repeatedly disappointed throughout her…

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