Ms. Bhutto, who had twice been the country’s prime minister and was a leading contender to be the next prime minister after elections set for Jan. 8, was declared dead by doctors at a hospital in Rawalpindi at 6:16 p.m. local time. At least a dozen more people were killed in the attack, and some reports said there were at least 20 dead. Hours later, her body was carried out of the hospital in a wooden casket, held high by hundreds of her followers clad in black.
I won’t pretend to know much about Bhutto or the Pakistani political climate — I am sadly ignorant. But I do think it’s a sad day when anyone — even someone whose politics I dislike — is assassinated for their beliefs or political stance.