Pakistan Native Reacts To Bhutto's Assassination

Dr. Obaid Siddique was awakened Thursday by an early morning phone call from his wife, Fariha, in Pakistan. She had news, and this time it was not about her gravely ill father.

"It was about seven in the morning when my phone rang," says Siddique. "And as much as what is going on in her family right now, she called me just to tell me Benazir Bhutto was assassinated."

Like him, she's been glued to the TV all day in Pakistan, while keeping tabs on Obaid and her three young children at home in Ocean Springs.

"There have been so many times while she is talking to me and she's like, 'Oh my God. Look, this is what happened.' You know, some hospital was set on fire."

She's safe for now with her family, but Obaid wonders if conditions will allow her to make her expected departure next week.

"Everything looks so uncertain. You know, nobody knows what's going to happen right now. The whole country right now is pretty much at a stand still. Nobody is getting out on the roads. It's extremely tense over there."

And he says what we are seeing on our televisions is a mixture of his countrymen's grief and anger.

"For whatever reasons in their own minds, for millions of people, she was the hope for a better, prosperous future. And losing something like that makes you sad and it also makes you angry."

His dream is that Bhutto's assassination will eventually bring his people together to end such violence.

"Just taking the political aspect out of it, just taking the human aspect of it, I mean, she was a daughter, she was a mother. She has three young children. She was a wife. She was a sister."

But until Fariha returns home, it will be his own family's future Obaid will worry about most.