Straits Times boo boo

Singapore February 6th, 2008

Well, there are big mistakes and there are small mistakes. There are serious mistakes and non-serious ones. However, when some mistakes are made in critical times, the size and severity of the mistakes may not always matter anymore – especially when the mistakes have a permanent effect. Well, today, Straits Times made just this boo-boo, in the midst of Super Tuesday; not that this will have any effect, but still, it’s undesired.


So there you go, Clinton’s photo where Ms Bhutto’s photo should be. Then again, there *are* common keywords like elections, endorse her husband (not that Hilary endorsed her husband in any manner), and a "wave" (from the statement "… her Parkistan People’s Party may yet ride a wave of sympathy to victory in the Feb 18 vote." that can actually "intelligently" (as in artificial intelligence) link them together. Of course, Hilary Clinton is still well and alive now, with all due respect to Ms Bhutto.

However, I am sure Hilary would not appreciate this form of publicity in the midst of Super Sunday – not that Straits Times will have any bearing on the results of the polls.

ISLAMABAD (Pakistan) – BENAZIR Bhutto’s opposition party made public the will in which she endorsed her husband to succeed her as party chief – a move that could polish his leadership credentials ahead of this month’s elections in Pakistan.


In the handwritten, one-page letter dated Oct 16 – two days before her return to Pakistan from exile and two-and-a-half months before her assassination – Ms Bhutto urged supporters to keep up her struggle.

‘I fear for the future of Pakistan. Please continue the fight against extremism, dictatorship, poverty and ignorance,’ she wrote in the will, made public on Tuesday.

Ms Bhutto died on Dec 27 in a bomb and gun attack as she left an election rally in Rawalpindi, a garrison city near the capital, Islamabad.

Her slaying prompted a six-week delay to parliamentary elections and damped Western hopes that the vote could produce a government able to win an escalating war against Islamic militants based near the Afghan border.

However, her Pakistan People’s Party may yet ride a wave of sympathy to victory in the Feb 18 vote.

The party quickly named her husband, Mr Asif Ali Zardari, as co-chairman and de facto leader, citing Ms Bhutto’s last wishes.

Mr Zardari is a divisive figure in Pakistan. He acquired the nickname ‘Mr. 10 per cent’ during Ms Bhutto’s two governments, in which he served as a minister, for alleged corruption.

But Ms Bhutto maintained that the accusations were politically motivated and described him as a hero for surviving years of detention on charges that were never proven.

In the letter, Ms Bhutto recommended that Mr Zardari lead the party ‘in this interim period until you (party officials and members) and he decide what is best. I say this because he is a man of courage and honour … He has the political stature to keep our party united.’

Her political last wishes were made public amid growing media speculation that Mr Zardari is jockeying with other party leaders to become prime minister, should the party triumph in the ballot.

Party spokesman Farhatullah Babar said the will was being made available to halt speculation about its contents.

He said it was not a deliberate attempt to strengthen Mr Zardari’s position within the party.

He said the party would discuss who it might put forward to lead a new government only when the election results are in.

The ballot is going ahead despite concerns about the security of voters and candidates and accusations from Ms Bhutto’s party that the military-dominated establishment will rig the vote to ensure his survival.

President Pervez Musharraf popularity is waning, not only among Islamist radicals but among liberal-minded Pakistanis, retired military officers, lawyers and intellectuals.

The elections are meant to usher in democracy after eight years of military rule under Musharraf, a key US ally. But if the opposition gets a two-thirds majority in the legislature, it could impeach him.

Critics have alleged that Mr Musharraf has failed to stem an increase in Islamic militancy. — AP

Article obtained from on 6th February 2008

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