Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari gave a speech today on the fourth anniversary of the assassination of his wife, Benazir Bhutto, to defend democracy, criticize the country's military and courts, and try to regain support amid rumors he'll be unseated. It's his first public appearance since his return from Dubai where he received medical treatment. Zardari spoke to a crowd of about 70,000 mourners at the Bhutto family shrine. Zardari isn't very popular just now in Pakistan, but he defended himself against allegations of corruption as rumors swirl that he'll be unseated. From the Hindustan Times:
In a jab at the Supreme Court, which is considering an investigation into a memo asking the United States for help against the country's powerful military and which could implicate Zardari, he asked about the as yet unsolved case of his wife's assassination. "People ask what happened to Benazir Bhutto's case," he said. "I ask (Chief Justice) Iftikhar Chaudhry: what happened to Benazir Bhutto's case?"
It's no wonder the word most often used to describe the speech appears to be "defiant."
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