By Ann Curry, NBC News Anchor
"Look, there's the restaurant where Danny Pearl was kidnapped," someone said as our car raced through Karachi. Glimpsing The Village restaurant, I saw holiday lights on a sad roof, a reminder that nothing here is as safe as it appears.
Karachi is city still on edge, 4 days after being rocked by the deadliest suicide bombing in Pakistan's history. 640 people were killed or injured in the assassination attempt on Benazir Bhutto. In the wake of the tragedy, Newsweek is arguing that Pakistan is the world's most dangerous place, in part because so much terrorism can be traced back to it.
Arriving at Bhutto's compound Sunday, our NBC News team was greeted by security men armed with AK-47s, who required us to pass five bag searchers, three metal detectors and body checks before they allowed us in. They have already been warned of at least two more plots to assassinate her.
Inside, women were praying and weeping for lost loved ones in the oppressive heat. One, Zakia Raza, held a large framed photo of her husband, killed in the attack. Three months pregnant with their child, she tells us in her grief that she hopes the baby dies rather than see this world as it now appears to her.
In this nation where extreme poverty and despair fuel extremism, Bhutto is seen as Pakistan's only hope for democracy. Meeting for an interview in New York 6 weeks ago, she told me she wants to be re-elected Prime Minister and work with Pakistan's President Pervez Musharaf to defuse extremism by offering greater political power in the regions where violence is now escalating.
(photo by Ann Curry, NBC News)
Now, amid the chaos of Karachi... at one point as I tried to get close to Bhutto, a security man actually picked me up by the waist and threw me down.. Bhutto recognized me and agreed to give NBC News her first US interview since the attempt on her life.
What she says about not giving in to fear in the face if terrorism, seems something Americans will want to hear.
We feel lucky we can bring you this interview on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams tonight.