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Chaos In Pakistan Hits Close To Home For Family

For a family here in East Texas, the violence in Pakistan has them worrying about those they love.

Mohammad Rafi came to Tyler nine years ago to raise his family away from the danger of life in Pakistan, but his father, brother, and sisters are still there.

"The army is taking over some parts [of the country,] you can find no medicine, no milk for the kids, and no food. How are people going to survive," Rafi asks.

Where the chaos will end in Pakistan no one knows.  Mohammad Rafi and his family are speaking often to family in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city.

"Now, you're not able to say how this thing is going to turn out," he said.

Benazir Bhutto was prime minister twice in the 1980s and 90s.  Her father was president and prime minister in the 1970s.   Rafi says they were a prime force for change.

"Her whole family has tried to bring democracy into the country. That's what we needed, is someone who can lead the country in the right direction."

It's the American alliance with Pakistan's government fighting the war on terror, and the fact that Pakistan is a nuclear nation which are reasons for Americans to pay attention.

Will the violence end soon?

"You can say 50-50," Rafi said.  "First of all this is big shocking news, if a prime minister anywhere in the world gets killed."

What happens politically may affect the hunt for Osama bin Laden and oil prices. But Rafi says as long as the army is in the streets of Kirachi and elsewhere in Pakistan, millions of people are hurting.

"This is a sad thing -- because what about the people there who have nothing to do with it, because anybody who needs medical attention, they can't get any kind of [attention] over there," he said.

Morgan Palmer, Reporting.

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