Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bhutto Remembered; Emotions Spill over for Loved Leader

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bhutto Remembered; Emotions Spill over for Loved Leader

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MORE than 100,000 grieving Pakistanis thronged the tomb of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto yesterday, mourning their beloved leader one year after her assassination.

A sea of mourners, some wailing and beating their chests in a wrenching outpouring of emotion, flooded through security checkpoints into the graveyard in rural southern Garhi Khuda Bakhsh for the commemoration.

President Asif Ali Zardari, Bhutto's widower, and their three children were to attend the ceremony.

Bhutto, 54, was assassinated on December 27, 2007 in a gun and suicide attack at a campaign rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, just two months after returning to Pakistan from exile to vie for a third term in power.

Her shocking death threw the world's only nuclear-armed Islamic nation into chaos, sparking violence and leading to months of political turmoil that ended in September when Zardari claimed the presidency.

"In the tradition of a true Bhutto, she faced certain death rather than abandon her principles or the people," Zardari said in a message to the nation. …

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