Review: Getting Away with Murder: Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan

cvr_getting-away-with-murder-benazir-bhuttos-assassination-and-the-politics-of-pakistanGetting Away with Murder: Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan by Heraldo Muñoz

MY RATING: 4/5 Stars

FTC NOTICE: Library Book

REVIEW: Benazir Bhutto’s widower, Asif Ali Zardari, addressed the United Nations with the goal of encouraging it to create an investigation into his wife’s murder. Heraldo Munoz, a Chilean journalist, lived in a country with seemingly no intense political nor economic interest in Pakistan. His work revealed a compelling set of credentials, inclusive of having “presided over the Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council during 2003 and 2004” (16), which may have ultimately explained why he received “a request from the (UN) Secretary General…to lead a commission to investigate the assassination Pakistan’s former prime minister Benazir Bhutto” (15).

“WHAT WE KNEW about the day of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination before initiating our investigation was confusing and contradictory. There were disagreements about basic facts and much controversy about the assassin or assassins, the cause of death, the former prime minister’s entourage, and what the behavior of the police had been” (31). The aforementioned existed as wide-spread knowledge; but, Getting Away with Murder: Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan served to share details surrounding this historically significant event. The author also delved into Pakistan’s (and the Bhutto family’s) history, US-Pakistan relations, Pakistan’s relationships with its neighbors, changes of leadership, evolution of the Taliban, plus the roles of religion and the military.

Getting Away with Murder achieved all of the author’s stated goals. I found the piece to be a compellingly-written and highly-insightful read that could have been completed in a single day. Unfortunately, post-investigation content did not maintain an equal level of cohesiveness and relevance to the book’s preceding chapters; so, my interest level waned a little bit.

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