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Tahoe remembers visit of assassinated leader Bhutto

Kyle Magin
Sun News Service

INCLINE VILLAGE ” News reverberated around the world ” including the Tahoe Basin ” that former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was shot in the neck and killed Thursday morning. After shooting Bhutto, her assassin reportedly detonated a bomb strapped to his body, killing several others.

She was the first female leader of an Islamic country and a voice of democracy in Pakistan.

The 54-year-old leader spoke at Sierra Nevada College in 2004 while in exile from her home country. She highlighted her struggles as a female leader and her country’s battle for democracy at the Siebens Binz-Tahoe Forum. Bhutto also discussed the importance of tracking terrorists in Pakistan.

She recently returned to Pakistan to run for prime minister in Pakistan’s upcoming elections and faced criticism from the country’s current ruler, President Pervez Musharraf.

Former Bonanza news editor Erin Roth had a chance to sit down with Bhutto when she spoke at the Siebens Binz-Tahoe Forum in 2004 on the campus of Sierra Nevada College.

“She was great, you could tell that she was very obviously intelligent. It was pretty inspiring to hear the passion she used when she talked about democracy, “She was great, you could tell that she was very obviously intelligent. It was pretty inspiring to hear the passion she used when she talked about democracy, she definitely connected with the students,” Roth said.

Roth said she was shocked when she heard about the assassination Thursday.

“I hadn’t heard her name from the time I interviewed her until about a month ago. She was so interesting and it was an amazing experience to spend the time with her that I got to,” Roth said.

SNC English Professor June Sylvester Saraceno was also stunned to hear of the assassination, after hearing Bhutto speak in 2004.

“I thought she was the most articulate, gracious, graceful and poised person I’d ever met. You could tell she had that quietly contained passion that made her a great leader,” Saraceno said.

The college also expressed its sorrow over the assassination in a press release.

“We at SNC were greatly saddened to hear the news today. Ms. Bhutto was a brave woman ” she knew the risks she faced by returning to her homeland, but her love for that homeland and desire to bring about positive change were far more powerful than any fears she may have had,” said Michelle Filippini, public relations coordinator at SNC. “She definitely connected with the students,” Roth said.

Roth said she was shocked when she heard about the assassination Thursday.

“I hadn’t heard her name from the time I interviewed her until about a month ago.

She was so interesting and it was an amazing experience to spend the time with her that I got to,” Roth said.

SNC English Professor June Sylvester Saraceno was also stunned to hear of the assassination, after hearing Bhutto speak in 2004.

“I thought she was the most articulate, gracious, graceful and poised person I’d ever met. You could tell she had that quietly contained passion that made her a great leader,” Saraceno said.

The college also expressed its sorrow over the assassination in a press release.

“We at SNC were greatly saddened to hear the news today. Ms. Bhutto was a brave woman ” she knew the risks she faced by returning to her homeland, but her love for that homeland and desire to bring about positive change were far more powerful than any fears she may have had,” said Michelle Filippini, public relations coordinator at SNC.