Friday, December 28, 2007
On the Ground in Pakistan
360 program note: Anderson anchors live from Pakistan at 10p ET

"There's an eerie calm on the streets." That's one of the oldest cliches in the news business, but the stupid phrase kept running through my head as I drove through the empty streets of Karachi about an hour ago. Of course, there was an eerie calm. It was 3:30 in the morning. It's eerie at that hour just about anywhere.

"Stunned Karachi descends into anarchy." That's the headline in one of the local papers here. Anarchy may be a slight exaggeration, but it's been another difficult day. Burning tires in the streets, angry demonstrators milling around, throwing rocks. A lot of people have locked themselves inside their homes, shops are closed. There's a heavy police and military presence on the streets.

I've never been to Karachi before. It's one of those cities that has always fascinated me, though I must admit I find it unsettling. You get the feeling on the streets that anything could happen at any moment. Even in normal times this is a sprawling, chaotic city. It's where Daniel Pearl was kidnapped, of course, and security is always a concern on journalists minds here.

Tonight we're going to focus on the conflicting accounts of Bhutto's death. The government announced today she died when her head hit something inside her vehicle. Of course yesterday they said it was shrapnel, then bullets, so today's announcement hasn't really convinced anyone here of anything. We'll also look at the investigation into who attacked Bhutto. As for what happens next, no one knows, and anyone who says they do is mistaken. It's still dark out here, and no one can even predict what will happen in an hour or two when the first rays of light begin to break.

-- Anderson Cooper
Posted By CNN: 7:47 PM ET
I have traveled throughout the world too, and it's always fascinated me to hear the name "Karachi" spoken over the PA system at the airport for boarding calls. It's got a myterious dangerous sound to it...

why is that in countries with unstable governments and a large number of illiterate people, the news is usually murky and conflicting , as it is with Benazir Bhutto's death and as it was with the accounts of Saddam Hussein's execution? I do not envy any reporter who has to sound credible amidst such a hodge-podge of theories and hearsay. It is a mysterious place indeed.
Posted By Anonymous Anne - Detroit, MI. : 8:00 PM ET
I too have not been convinced by the new cause of death released by the Pakistani Government. I think that Musharif and other political oponents do not want to give her a martyr death. Unfortunately I don't know if we will ever know what really killed her.

Be careful out there, at any time that eerie street can turn into a dangerous one. Can't wait to see the show tonight.
Posted By Anonymous Tiffany S-T, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada : 8:01 PM ET
I have been watching images of Bhutto's funeral all day. Seeing them really saddened me to know that such a good person was killed so senselessly! She is a martyr for democracy in my book. I hope her death wasn't in vain. And my prayers go out to her family.

I've also been listening to the allegations of how she really died. It seems like the Musharraf government is trying to cover up the real truth to me!! Seeing the image of the hand holding the gun right at the back of her car and then hearing that he missed her...I just can't believe that at all!!

Hopefully you all can get us some straight answers or something that resembles the truth! Looking forward to tonight's show.

PLEASE be careful!!

C-Ya Tonight!!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 8:01 PM ET
Whether Mrs. Bhutto hit her head on the sunroof or sustained fatal gunshot wounds, someone wanted her dead and was aiming to kill. I see they're already playing political games in this high-stakes part of the world. Can we even trust the report being handed down about her death from the "official" government of Pakistan under Musharraf (after all the shenanigans his administration has pulled)?...
Posted By Anonymous Kay Reese, Seneca, Ny. : 8:04 PM ET
Just wanted to say how informative the show was last evening. The panel discussions were the best I've seen in awhile and they brought a whole new perspective to what is going on in Pakistan. From what I've read the show tonight should be just as interesting.

Thoughts and Prayers for everyone over there whether they are residents, journalists or dignitaries to stay safe.
Posted By Anonymous Marcia, Warren MI : 8:04 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

Yes, I heard about the inconsistent explanations of how she died. I also heard about the chaos that transpired during her funeral. The violence seems endless. I feel for the people who live there...for example, how will her death affect their daily lives from now on? What will they do next? I wonder what they have to say, in their own words. Would it be possible for us to hear the concerns of the regular, everyday citizens of Pakistan, what they plan to do next, in the broadcast tonight or tomorrow night? Thank you.

The world lost an ambassador of peace and democracy in Mrs. Bhutto. She is a symbol of perseverance, hope, and undying love for her country. I wish that one day all Pakistanis will enjoy the fruits of her labor.

Thanks, Anderson, for going to the frontlines on this historic day. And I know you've heard this a million times, but please be careful out there. We look forward to your safe return.

Peace :)
Edmonds, Washington
Posted By Blogger Lilibeth : 8:08 PM ET
Anderson, you are absolutely amazing! Bhutto's death was tremendously unjustified. It seems as though she would have won the 2008 elections, and I blame Musharraf for her death. It's such a shame to know that someone with so much power was killed on the basis of greed for power and capital. Pakistan will continue to be in disarray for the weeks ahead, and I'm extremely nervous and unsettled to see what type of future the elections will bring for the Pakistani people for the following years.
Posted By Anonymous Leezia : 8:11 PM ET
We will never know about Ms. Bhutto's assassins. But it's fascinating who they want to blame. I think the Pakistani "street" is already blaming their dictator. With his approval in the single digits, and the level of corruption supposedly in Pakistan, Im sure Musharraf will be able to censor the critics and cover up any possible wrongdoing on his part.
Posted By Anonymous Dane P, Omaha, Ne. : 8:14 PM ET
The military did not like Bhutto. Musharraf did not like Bhutto. Bhutto threatened to re-instate the axed Supreme Court judges, and possibly recall Musharraf's election. It all sounds very fishy to me.
Posted By Anonymous Daryl K Denver CO : 8:17 PM ET
So glad to hear from you! You got there safely. Eerie calm, that could be a sign of not-so-good things to come. I'm shocked there is any type of calm at all in that city right now.

I'm looking forward to your report tonight because as usual you are thorough and professional.

Be careful and fly back home safely so we can see you at Times Square in a couple of days!
Posted By Anonymous Mariela, New York, NY : 8:18 PM ET
Why am I not suprized to hear that Anderson, you are in Pakistan? I admire how you want to be where the story is, despite the dangers. Please stay safe. I look forward to seeing your report on this tragic loss.
Posted By Anonymous Katayoun, Houston, TX : 8:19 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

It's good that you're not sleeping during Pakistani night time... no jet lag for you when you get back ;)

I was also surprised by the conflicting reports about what killed Bhutto. However, we do have to remember that injury and cause of death are quite different. Sometimes the cause of death is not the obvious (i.e. shrapnel); she could have had a subarachnoid bleed or other fatal brain hemorrhage from hitting her head. Although, even if that were the cause, it doesn't explain why first they said shrapnel/bullets and then said there were no foreign objects found on her... those injuries were either there, or they weren't, regardless of what caused her death.

Anyway, I imagine this will not be the only conflicting piece of the puzzle out of Pakistan.

Don't forget to get some sleep after the show! Come back safe!

Being a total news junkie this week,
Marie Rose
Posted By Blogger Marie Rose : 8:26 PM ET
This may be a stupid question, but... why Karachi? Why not Islamabad/Rawalpindi? or Sindh?

Sorry but it all seems both terribly graphic AND abstract to me as a viewer.

Keep up the good work and please tell us more about Pakistan as a nation!
Posted By Anonymous Catherine : 8:26 PM ET
Just yesterday the politicians out campaigning were telling us Benazir Bhutto's death should not be politicized, yet most of them are using the issue to pander for votes.
Posted By Anonymous Ryan, Franklin, TN. : 8:28 PM ET
Your presence in Pakistan is certainly bittersweet for those of us here in the states. Thank you, Anderson, for going the extra mile to find the facts for your viewers, but stay safe and come home soon!
Posted By Anonymous Susan, Fairmount, IN : 8:32 PM ET
I think government tried to convert the murder case into an accident to calm down the people a little bit or may be to hide a conspiracy from the establishment, because Benazir herself was feeling threatened by few elements in the Pakistani Establishment and she had named them on her arrival in Pakistan. This change of cause of death was possible because of her family's request of not doing autopsy and right after her burial they made this statement.
Posted By Anonymous Moazzam Ali Khan : 8:35 PM ET
Basically, we should stay out of micro-managing other country's affairs. And, I won't name names, but NO Presidential candidates should be calling for the investigation of any matters in a foreign country.
Posted By Anonymous Laura - Tulsa, OK : 8:35 PM ET
Well, be careful while you're there.

I agree that you really don't know what to believe about how she died. With all the talk of the present government helping the terrorists more than hunting them, who knows what party is benefitting from the way she died. You would think that groups would be fighting to "claim the kill" of this woman.

Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 8:35 PM ET
Dear Anderson,

I am glad that you and the crew have made it safely to Karachi, but I have to admit that your blog today gave me an uneasy feeling. It didn't help that your mention of Daniel Pearl and your description of the streets of Karachi brought to mind the special you hosted called "Journalists Killed In The Line Of Duty." I am certain that CNN has provided you with excellent security, but I hope you will remain vigilant just the same.

Based on what I have been reading and hearing about Pakistan in the last few days I can't shake the feeling that it is a powder keg just waiting to explode. I hope I am wrong.

The government's account of Benazir Bhutto’s death seems to be constantly changing; I find it impossible to believe anything they say. I think that her death, no matter how it occurred, will cause an upheaval in the country.

I hope you and the crew will stay safe and return back to the U.S. in time for the New Year.

Take care,
Jo Ann
North Royalton, Ohio
Posted By Blogger Jo Ann : 8:35 PM ET
call me skeptical, but should we rely on the Pakistani government-run news agencies?...
Posted By Anonymous ronnie - knoxville, tn. : 8:40 PM ET
Conflicting reports on what Bhutto actually died of, the violent reaction to her death, the precarious of Pakistan as a state - I am hoping your reports can make sense of all that has happened and what could possibly happen still. The rioting and the fires over her death make an already precarious state look like it is teetering on the precipice ready to fall into the hands of extremists.

You and your crew be careful over there and stay safe. And thank you for going to do a first hand report on not only what is happening but the perceptions of what it feels like.

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 8:42 PM ET
Hello Anderson:

I suppose "eerie calm" is better than turmoil but like you said, anything can happen when the sun comes up.

Really appreciate you covering this story. Most Americans seem to be fatigued already but I feel Bhutto's death will have an impact on us one way or another. So then, if her death was caused by her hitting something in the vehicle, is it still considered an assassination or just an accident? I'll be watching tonight. Stay Safe.
Posted By Anonymous Jolene, St. Joseph, MI : 8:42 PM ET
Anderson you might have known as soon as you went on vacation something big would happen.
I hope you can make some kind of sense out of this tragedy.
Please stay safe.
Bev Ontario Canada
Posted By Anonymous Bev Ontario Canada : 8:43 PM ET
Hi Anderson,
I would be curious to know how an average Pakistani views the upcoming elections in light of this tragedy. I hope you stay safe and look forward to the broadcast tonight!
Posted By Blogger pamina : 8:44 PM ET

Please. Be. Careful. Just.... that's all I can say. Be careful out there.

Claire J
Birminghmam, AL
Posted By Anonymous Claire - Birmingham, AL : 8:46 PM ET
Karachi? Hmmm... I thought you'd probably be in Islamabad.

I've never been to Karachi, but I did see the movie "A Mighty Heart" about Daniel Pearl's murder. It was shot there and the city looks like an anarchic mess, drowning in traffic and people.
I'm spellbound by what's happening and I'm feeling guilty about it. People are suffering and I'm just waiting curiously to see what happens next.
Before Bhutto's assassination I'd wanted to see a strong third opposition leader emerge. Someone fresh, with a clean record and a strong policy. They now need this person more than ever.
Stay safe Anderson and folks!!!
And thanks for reporting from there.
Posted By Blogger Minou,NYC : 8:47 PM ET
Conspiracy theorists are going to have a field day with this one. I've read everything from it was Dick Cheney's doing to "she's not really dead". There's always people willing to push all sorts of outlandish scenarios whenever there are inconsistencies in these kind of events.
Posted By Anonymous carrie l. rockville, md. : 8:47 PM ET
Anderson, Hooray! I hope we can get some answers in the coming days. I cannot believe Madam Bhutto fatally bumped her head on the sunroof. I am very concerned now about what will happen in Pakistan, what this means for Al Quaida, and its growth in Pakistan, and of course, how this will affect US-Pakistan relations in the near future. Im very concerned. We know you will bring us answers, but be careful, Anderson.

Renee S
Fredericksburg, VA
Posted By Blogger bloggerlady : 8:49 PM ET
Anderson, I am glad to hear that you have safely made it into Pakistan. I am looking forward to your coverage on Bhutto's assassination. Thank you for putting yourself in situations which are not always the safest or the most pleasant in order to bring us the most honest account of the latest breaking news. Stay safe!!! Can't wait to spend New Year's Eve with my family watching your coverage from New York.
Posted By Anonymous Jessica, Bourbonnais Illinois : 8:50 PM ET
Al Queda could very well be responsible. They certainly have their own motivation, which is quite different from Musharraf's, even if they both wanted Benazir Bhutto dead.
Posted By Anonymous Nicolas, Lawrence Ks. : 8:54 PM ET

I was stunned to wake up and hear the news about Bhutto's death. I truly held hope that she would unite the people of her country.

Please be safe while on your travels. Take care.
Posted By Blogger Xavier : 8:56 PM ET
Supposedly Al Qaida claimed credit, but then we have to other reports from the Pakistani govt. I tell you, Im not inclined to believe either of them. Everyone is spinning this faster than a Texas twister.
Posted By Anonymous Belinda J Birmingham AL : 8:57 PM ET
I think about how this is affecting the community in Pakistan after hearing how Bhutto's assassination is being compared to JFK's assassination. Honestly, I didn't even know who Bhutto was until this happened. And then seeing how the community praised her so much. It's a shame that someone who sought out peace and prosperity for her citizens was so brutally taken away from them.

I'll be watching tonight-

Stay safe Anderson!

Tracie -Chicago, IL
Posted By Anonymous Tracie - Chicago, IL : 8:58 PM ET
Conflicting reports about the cause of Mrs. Bhutto's death lead me to think perhaps she was murdered by a member of her own security force, riding with her in her vehicle.

It's not unconceivable to think that this person of trust may have been forced to kill Mrs. Bhutto under threat of grevious personal harm to him and his family.

I think there's a lot behind President Musharraf that we (and the State Department) don't know. His behavior leads me to believe he's trying to acquiesce the demands of both the West and the myriad terrorist groups operating inside Pakistan.

I fear it's only a matter of time before we (the US) cease to support him and leave him to the mercy of the terrorists. The implications of this are frightening to say the least.
Posted By Anonymous Ravi (Toronto, Canada) : 8:59 PM ET
PM Bhutto's assassination makes it all the more urgent that Pakistan return to a democratic path.
Posted By Anonymous blake, ann arbor, mi. : 9:02 PM ET
You bravery and professionalism are very much appreciated. The only way for the world to get the true story is to have respected journalists report from the scene. Please stay safe and continue to deliver the world class reporting you are known for.

Indianapolis, Indiana
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 9:03 PM ET
I think Benazir Bhutto did place responsibility on Musharraf for her lack of security, but I don't think he is responsible for her death.
Posted By Anonymous Randi E, Santa Fe, N.M. : 9:04 PM ET
Dear Anderson Cooper/360team

It breaks my heart to read the horrible story...
The road to democracy is never smooth. As you know well, democracy will win even though it will be late. I absolutely believe that Benazir Bhutto's tragic death will be the basic factor for Pakistani democratic development.
I wish that the permanent peace will come in Pakistan....

I always appreciate to you and your
staff for your vivid and realistic
program which contains enough news
from the tragic field.
I'll be looking forward to your forthcoming vivid reports.
I like your distinctive reports very much... Also I'd like to say that your anchoring is one of the best on CNN.

Stay safe, Anderson and 360team.
Keep up the splendid work.
Thanks a lot, Anderson and 360team.
See you soon...
Posted By Anonymous Kim Jung-Hae. Seoul, South Korea : 9:05 PM ET
Anderson, I caught you on the Situation Room earlier and it was 4AM Pakistan time. I just got the sense of darkness and I am not just talking about the fact that is was night. It just seems like a heavy wave of sadness, anger and uncertainty was in the air. I thought to myself by the time you would be on the air again it would be 8 in the morning over there and hopefully a new day would be better but then my mind drifted to a was still 4 hours away. Anything as we all know can happen in 4 hours. I am excited we are getting stories from the ground in Pakistan but I do hope you and the team stay safe. Honestly I will feel a lot better when you are actually out of there.

As to where in Pakistan you are, I don't think it matters the entire country is in mourning. They are getting conflicting stories of Ms. Bhutto’s cause of death and it is a scary time. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Pakistan. See you tonight Anderson.
Posted By Anonymous Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada : 9:06 PM ET
Sounds like a very scary situation in Pakistan. It looks like Bhutto's death is not only going to effect people in Pakistan, but in one way or another people all over the world. I feel sorry for the Bhutto family. Hope you and your 360 crew will make it back home safely.

Jennifer, Anderson, South Carolina.
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 9:06 PM ET
Your message really gave me chills, as though I was actually there. Hopefully, you will be able to find out as to WHAT she died from and why? If she had become the prime minister, Pakistan would have probably become a democracy. I know my friends in Pakistan are scared to even get out of their homes due to the massive unrest. Your doing a great job for going there in such conditions. Be safe and see you tonight on AC360!

Taran from Canada
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 9:08 PM ET
Mr. Cooper be safe in Karachi, I admire the unrelenting attitude to get to the heart of the news no matter how dangerous it may be. A reporter held in such high esteem among CNN would just sit back and get accounts from other journalists from the 'hotspot' but time and time again you have shown us that you are not a 'reporter' but a journalist. Thank you.
I am saddened to hear about Bhutto, she had many detractors, but she also was a strong female leader in a male dominated area of the globe. The stories change about her death, which could be due to try and demote her from martyr status (if she was murdered). She will remain a figure as bold and prominent as Indira Gandhi was for India.
Posted By Anonymous nillyville : 9:08 PM ET
I think I've had enough conspiracy theories for a while. While it's tragic and sad that she's gone, getting twisted into knots about the details and circumstances is a waste of time and is distracting us from the peace process.
Posted By Anonymous Eliza B , Albany, N.Y. : 9:09 PM ET
I am still so sad I can't believe it, and I am an American who is supposed to only care about myself.

But more importantly I have a question for Anderson and anyone with knowledge of Pakistan.

What happens if and when Al Qaeda overruns that pathetic Government and gets control of their Nuclear Arsenal? Or worse, if Musharaf is a part of it with Al Qaeda?

Then what?
Don't say it CAN'T HAPPEN. Al Qaeda is there, anyone can be assassinated, and that country is more unstable than Britney Spears' mind.
Posted By Blogger God*Bless*Everyone : 9:17 PM ET
Hello Mr. Cooper,
This is a very tragic event for Pakistani People living around the globe. It doesn't matter if they are supporters of Benazir Bhutto, or not. I just don't understand how Dr’s can change their statement about the cause of her death 3 times within 36 hours. There are so many accusations being made as of who killed Benazir Bhutto, and I am not sure what to believe?!?!?
I've lived in Islamabad for 11 years of my life; I grew up during the years when Benazir was the PM.
Please Be Safe, during your stay in Pakistan.
I somehow knew that you will be the person who would have courage to go to Pakistan, to cover/broadcast the story (tragic event).
Take Care!
Posted By Anonymous Hifza Malik : 9:18 PM ET
What should we do? Invade Pakistan? Wait and see if civil war develops? Give more comfort to Pres. Musharraf? I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to be President of the US the next time around !
Posted By Anonymous Kathryn, Coeur D'Alene, ID. : 9:22 PM ET
The course is clear. We must support both Musharraf and Hamid Karzi in their efforts to root out terrorists and strive to bring their divided countries to that common goal. There is no other way to peace.
Posted By Anonymous tom g, church falls, va. : 9:24 PM ET
Anderson I hope you stay safe, and you're defently right when you're in places like that you really can't predict what going to happen in the upcoming hours.
I am defently not convinced that she died from hitting her head on something inside of the car. I feel they just want us to think it an accident because like Peter Bergen said it might have been some of there military people putting the attack together instead of al Qaeda and they don't want them to think that people in there military would do that. I hope the people who put this attack together are brought to justice. Take Care
Posted By Anonymous Rachael - Virginia : 9:29 PM ET
Stay safe, AC. Please.
Posted By Anonymous Devin B. : 9:37 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

You are in my prayers. Nothing bad will happen to you. Be brave and come back to this great nation. You are a hero in the news business.

Posted By Anonymous Rada : 9:40 PM ET
Hello Anderson
My husband came home from dinner with a friend tonight and told me, "Anderson Cooper is in Karachi." I was not at all surprised! You are an ambassador for truth and honest reporting, and our thoughts are with you as you venture into unsafe territory. Tell us what really happened so we can try to make sense of this, as senseless and unreal as it is.
Jen, Morris Plains, NJ
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 9:41 PM ET
Bhutto's life was amazingly full, indeed she seemed to have lived many lives in one - especially considering she was only 54 years old, a mother of three teenagers. Unfortunately her death was not really a shock, the risk was just too high, her very presence was an unresistable target.

I have an 18 yr old daughter who has wonderful aspirations of making the world a better place and Bhutto was a strong example of the leadership and vision that is required to make that happen. Bhutto's death demonstrates the cost of change. I hope that her work will live on and that the country she loved enough to die for will be a better one for her sacrifice.

Anderson, to tell you and your crew to stay safe seems to understate the risk you are taking. Suffice it to say that many of us sitting comfortably in our warm homes over the holidays are appreciative of your efforts. And we will be watching to hear the story you have to tell and to make sure you are safe!

Eleanor, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Posted By Blogger Eleanor : 9:45 PM ET
What is President Musharraf doing with all the billions we send him to fight terrorism? I think there needs to be a little more accountability.
Posted By Anonymous Jane P, Minneapolis Mn. : 9:47 PM ET
Hi ,Anderson

I am glad to know that you are in my country but you should go to islamabad or rawalpindi first becasue that is the city where she was killed
Posted By Anonymous azam : 9:48 PM ET
Hi Anderson,
Pound that pavement safely over there. It appears that the facts on the ground are going to take some jiggling to loosen up the truth. Take Care

Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.
Posted By Blogger Lorie Ann : 10:12 PM ET
Musharaf and Bush dance the strangest dance politics has ever known.
Posted By Blogger ag42 : 10:17 PM ET
I am watching AC360 now and recording the program to replay
later so I can review the hi-lights
of the show. I doubt if we will ever really know how Ms. Bhutto died. At this moment I would bet
my next month's salary that Mussharraf is some how connected.
Thank you for your coverage and
dedication to bringing us this story.
I wish you and your team a safe
trip and hope you all stay out of
harm's way.
Posted By Anonymous Barbara-Dalton : 10:20 PM ET
Your the best Anderson. I anxiously await your reporting on Benazir Bhutto's cause of death. Stay safe.
Posted By Anonymous Leah Gaviola : 10:24 PM ET
Anderson Cooper, I think your middle name is 'danger.' But thank you for hitting the ground running to bring us the unsettled mood of Pakistan right into our living rooms. Whenever a powerful figure is brought down, my 1st thought is "who had the most to gain"? I hope you will address this simple yet perplexing question. See you on New Year's!
Posted By Anonymous Ali - Bethpage, Ny. : 10:25 PM ET
As with all tragedies, when one door closes, another opens. This may be an opening for positive action .
Posted By Anonymous Marlis , Dallas, TX : 10:27 PM ET
Here in the United States our police would be looking at the husband as a suspect,or co-conspirator-after he refused an autopsy request on his wife, which would establish the legacy of her death; perhaps he will announce soon that he will be running in her place. Booooo
Posted By Anonymous andthorne : 10:52 PM ET
Anderson, good luck in Pakistan. I wish you a pleasant trip. Pakistanis are very helpful and welcome foreigners. Please highlight all what you see and not just the negative things. Media has been highlighting only the negative things about Pakistan lately and the people around world feel that extremism is common in Pakistan. But that is far from reality. Benazir was a symbol of moderatism and she sacrificed her life for the good cause. The mass support she enjoyed in Pakistan itself describes that most of Pakistanis support peace, democracy and moderatism. Pakistan has also been a victim of extremism and extremists (that I believe could not be from Pakistan) are trying to ruin the image of Pakistan in the world. Please talk to ordinary people and see what the say and believe. Good luck.
Posted By Anonymous Sharjeel, Houston, TX : 10:54 PM ET
Yikes, AC, why do we continue to waste billions of dollars on puppet governments? This administration has no business vetoing bills, when they have lost billions of tax payers dollars, sent to foreigh countries. Why is there no accounting for these funds? The death of PM Bhutto seems to have been sent to the spin room also. Let's at least let her rest in peace and dignity. The cause of her death changes daily. I hope that you all are safe. Happy New Year! P.S. I promise I won't complain the rest of the year!
Posted By Anonymous Kathy Chicago,Il : 10:55 PM ET
I think we should find out what Hollywood thinks should be done here- after all they're involved in political issues now right? No doubt the first thing is to blame America for this.

(Sorry for the sarcasm, but no matter what tragedy occurs and no matter where in the world bad things happen, it becomes a right versus left thing for most Americans.)
Posted By Anonymous Carroll V , Durham, N.C. : 11:10 PM ET
Dear Anderson,
I hope that you will not close your eyes on the facts. BB knew that this is going to happen to her, however the story started from her won government and under her permission all the fundamentalist exterimist islamist schools statrted grwong with Sudi Arabia's Money and she refused to act against them. But in her last interview she was telling that she will shut down these schools!!! Regardless of the critisim to her government, it was big lost for pakestani people and it will take at least 50 years to have the same leader!
Posted By Anonymous Farhad, Toronto canada : 11:16 PM ET
the karachi that i live in is not the dangerous, unstable city its made out to be. life can be unpredictable and fragile everywhere, and when an event of this magnitude happens, the reactions that the world has seen and we here have witnessed first hand are understandable. life is returning to normal now, and i wish people would understand that this plave is 'mysterious' because you dont understand, that not everybody is 'illiterate' and an 'extremist', that we dont have terrorists roaming the streets and detonating bombs every day. it is naive to think that what you see in breaking news is a way of life for us. normal, regular life never makes it to tv, because thats boring, isnt it?
i wish i had known where you were when you were here, anderson. i'm a great fan.
Posted By Blogger shumaila : 12:16 PM ET
Dear Anderson,

I visited Pakistan for the first time in May 2007 and found the people to be very hospitable and sweet. I have traveled quite a bit and honestly felt very at ease here. I realize that there is possible danger everywhere. But I think it is very important for you to shed a positive light on the people of Pakistan and not focus for once on the government. Yes, there is a sense of lawlessness there, but that will be a norm wherever you have extreme poverty. Education and poverty will combat terrorism naturally.

Eat at Barbecue Tonight!
Kelle Gosa
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