Bhutto almost certainly defrauded her people of billions and tried her best to ink a deal with the dictator Musharraf in order to share power with him. To quote Jemima Khan, wife of Imran Khan, a pro-democracy political opponent of Bhutto: "She's totally bogus - Benazir may speak the language of liberalism and look good on Larry King's sofa... but she's as ruthless and conniving as they come. She's a kleptocrat in a Hermes scarf."
...and yet she was Pakistan's most likely choice for the restoration of democracy, such as it was and such as they knew it. So yes, for her to be assassinated is a definite tragedy. I had absolute chills when i read the news before hitting the gym early this morning, and that's in spite of the fact that I wasn't surprised at all. Having grown up with images of her in the news at all times during the 1990s I will miss her presence/charisma.
Well, here's Khan's chance to step up and lead his people. Will he show the kind of backbone Bhutto did? Pakistan is in serious need of an authentic leader now more than ever.