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Another comment on this post at Sepia Mutiny says:

i'm on vacation in india, just watching coverage on ndtv. asma jehangir just broke down and said "damn the army" -- mariana babar, editor of the news was just pointing out that the attack was near where her father, zulfikar bhutto was hanged, and where liaquat ali khan was assassinated.

if this swings things towards sharif, well.. that's awful. we live in interesting times, i suppose.

The boldface is mine.

Other posters noted (as is mentioned in the WaPo article) that there was also an attack on a Sharif rally.

The same commenter later said this:

one particular point babar just made was that -- the ppp party workers, a lot of them are in rawalpindi, and are very very die-hard, and that musharaff may not be able to handle their anger after her death. this seems to have shaken and shocked even non-supportive pakistanis.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Dec 27th, 2007 at 09:29:31 AM EST
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CNN now has footage of angry mobs running through the streets of Rawalpindi.  Some are smashing cars.  Shopkeepers are closing up their shops and pulling the gates over the doors and windows.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Dec 27th, 2007 at 09:32:36 AM EST
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Which is exactly why it is unlikely that Musharaff ordered this.  He seems to be savvy at managing angry pockets of his constituency.  The careful dance of allowing Bhutto back into country, negotiating terms/charges, etc, could have very easily gone awry.  If anything I think Pervez has been trying to avoid this very thing and was actually protecting Bhutto as much as he could.  The man doesn't rule with an iron fist, Pakistan is largely run locally as far as I can tell.
by paving on Thu Dec 27th, 2007 at 01:42:08 PM EST
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