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Pakistan: Mourners Honour Bhutto

December 27, 2008

Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have gathered at the mausoleum of former PM Benazir Bhutto to mark the first anniversary of her assassination.

Ceremonies in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, southern Pakistan, are expected to include prayers, poetry and speeches.

Mrs Bhutto was killed in a suicide bomb and gun attack in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, after an election rally.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says he expects an independent inquiry into her death to be set up soon.

The memorial service coincides with a sharp increase in tensions between India and Pakistan, over the alleged role of Pakistani militants in the Mumbai attacks.

Heavy security

Local police officials in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh told news agencies that about 150,000 people had travelled to the site.

However, crowds thronged into the mausoleum and massed around Mrs Bhutto’s graveside to touch her tomb.

BBC

People from all over Pakistan have travelled by train, bus, car and even on foot to the Bhutto family mausoleum.

Read the rest:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7800836.stm

Related:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7800724.stm

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