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John F. Kennedy and Benazir Bhutto: On the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination

President Kennedy & the First Lady with Texas Governor John Connally moments before the assassination. (C) REUTEURS/Daily Star UK.

 

“I was travelling with my father in the Foreign Minister’s private railway carriage in the autumn of 1963 when he shook me awake. “This is no time to sleep,” he said urgently. “There has been a great tragedy. The young President of the United States has been shot.” Though I was only ten and had heard only vaguely of the US president, he made me stay by his side while he received the latest bulletins on the condition of President John F. Kennedy, a man whom he’d met several times at the White House and whom he admired for his liberal social views.”

–Benazir Bhutto, Daughter of the East.

November 22 this year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the 34th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

JFK, as he was colloquially known, was shot while riding an open-top limousine on a crowded street in Dallas, Texas in the fall of 1963.

The alleged perpetrator, a Communist sympathiser called Lee Harvey Oswald, was said to have carried out the assassination using a World War 2 era rifle from a rudimentary sniper’s nest he set up on the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository building that overlooked part of the route chosen for the presidential motorcade. He is said to have shot four bullets, three of which hit Kennedy in the jaws, back and fatally, in the head. Oswald was arrested a few hours later for the murder of another policeman before he was charged for the assassination as well. He himself was shot dead a day later while in police custody by a mob-linked nightclub owner Jack Ruby, ostensibly to spare JFK’s wife the aggravation of a public trial. Till his death, Oswald maintained his innocence and refused to accept any involvement in the JFK assassination.

As is public knowledge, a subsequent investigation led by the US Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Earl Warren established Oswald’s guilt in the assassination and also judged it to be the act of a lone man. But the manner in which Warren and his team carried out this investigation (with an almost single-minded pursuit of endorsing the ‘lone nut’ theory), coupled with the lax security surrounding the President at the time of the assassination and the manner in which Oswald was executed and his case lazily pursued and closed, has raised many a question around the ‘facts’ officially stated and the conflicting rumours that began circulating after the assassination and that continue to inspire curiosity to date. Due to these anomalies, the assassination of JFK is viewed by some as a state-backed execution of the head of state by the nation’s own national security agencies and the military. In other words, it was not the act of a lone nut, rather a conspiracy that involved institutions that we in Pakistan collectively refer to as the Establishment.

Pakistan has its own parallel to the JFK assassination in the martyrdom of the former Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed. Both were greatly loved political leaders at the peak of their popularity who met their untimely fates before their promising lives could be fully realised.

Both of them died in almost similar circumstances as well. JFK, as stated, was shot dead by a Marxist ideologue. MBBS was assassinated by a two-man team ostensibly dispatched by Islamist extremists. Both were given their final goodbyes by adoring multitudes in unprecedented outpourings of public grief.

Many have questioned MBBS’s decision to rise out of the sun roof of her SUV at the end of the rally on that fateful day. Much as Kennedy’s security detail were attacked for letting him drive through a politically hostile city like Dallas (where ‘Wanted’ posters were put up for the President) in an open-top limo at a snail’s pace through crowded streets. Both had valid political reasons for their actions. They were at those places for political support raising and calling out their vote banks. As popular leaders, they both felt the need to be seen by their people who had waited for hours just to catch a glimpse of them.

Ultimately, they both paid the greatest price for their affection towards their people.

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Ravez Junejo

Proud Sindhi and PPP supporter. Pakistan's first iReporter for CNN International. The world's nicest guy.

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  • I could not help but ROFLMAO after reading – ” Pakistan has its own parallel to the JFK assassination in the martyrdom of the former Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed. Both were greatly loved political leaders at the peak of their popularity ” – Benazir greatly loved in Pakistan? what planet are you from? maybe she was greatly loved by rural Sindhis and some Punjabis and Pathans, but greatly loved by all? You pulled that one out of your ass for sure. Benazir aka Corruption queen singlehandedly screwed the future of this country by marrying the most corrupt man in the history of Pakistan, not to mention her feudal tendencies, which manifested in the imposition of inbred rural Sindhi illiterate politicians over Pakistan and specifically Sindh. Comparing her to JFK is like comparing a diamond with putrefied piece of shit. I hope she is getting the treatment in hell deserved for degenerates like her. Amen

  • I am still rolling on the floor laughing my ass off. This Junejo character writes good fiction. His shaheed Rani aka Benazir Zardari aka corruption queen joined her dad in hell after siphoning off billions from the poor people of this country and he is telling us that she was much loved by us. I hope she is being sodomized by a red hot pitch fork in hell doggie style as I write this.

    • You are right… lots of money that is currently a debt on pakistan’s poor people in due to this bhutto family…. i regularly read an like LUBPAK’s blogs and articles. but some times they cover these bhuttos in a stupid way. after all they are corrupt people and ruined the lives of millions… why double standard by LUBPAK admin.

  • ZAB, the original degenerate, laid the foundation for the destruction of this country way back in the sixties when he solidified his hold on this country while sitting on the lap of Gen. Ayub. The SOB refused to accept the results of the 71 elections which clearly were won by Mujeeb ur Rehman, so in a way this fuking Bhutto family is as much responsible for the breakup of Pakistan as anyone. The final blow came when he announced his “Nationalization” of the private institutions, that was the final nail in the coffin. I hope ZAB along with his two harami terrorist sons, a totally corrupt sexually deviant daughter and his “Gashti” Iranian wife are being roasted in HELL together. Amen

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