Fears that Bhutto assassination will further destabilize Pakistan and the region


The news has been filled with images of rioting in the streets all over Pakistan since the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. We are paying particular close attention since we were contacted by a client last week to provide an executive protection team to accompany their executives to the troubled country in the New Year.

There are many theories floating around as to who is responsible for the assassination. The Musharraf Government is blaming al-Qaeda, who definitely stand to gain from instability and chaos in the region. Then there are those who blame Musharraf himself. In this article by Reuters, they speak about America being responsible for coaxing Ms. Bhutto to return to Pakistan and once again particpate in the political scene.

Whatever comes about in the weeks and months ahead, one thing is for certain – businesses who have a need to send staff members to this dangerous part of the world need to take every precaution. The first thing to seriously decide upon is the need. Is it imperative that you travel at all? If the answer is yes, then make sure that you hire professionals who have an abundant knowledge of overseas assignments. In addition, make sure that they have good local knowledge and local contacts where you will travel.

The world is not getting any safer anytime soon. Preparation and knowledge is the key. Be informed and be prepared.

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