2008 began on a tragic note. Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, former Pakistani Prime Minister, a well known friend of Kashmir, was brutally assassinated in Rawalpindi towards the very end of the previous year. It was widely felt that Mohtarma Benazir would have won the elections and become Prime Minister. The restoration of true democracy in Pakistan could well have ushered in a period of peace and reconciliation in the region. But that was not to be. Her murder proved that there were many elements in Pakistan and in the region as a whole who did not wish to see a restoration of democratic processes and the beginnings of true peace. Her killing has cast a long shadow over Kashmir.
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