Benazir Bhutto visits father's tomb

Oct. 27, 2007 at 6:29 AM
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LARKANA, Pakistan, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Supporters Saturday cheered former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto as she rode in a bulletproof vehicle to pray at the tomb of her slain father.

Amid heavy security, an estimated 4,000 supporters lined the streets of Bhutto's home village of Larkana as she traveled to the tomb of her father, former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the BBC reported.

It was Bhutto's first trip outside Karachi since 139 people were killed in an assassination attempt on her life Oct. 18.

"People are just being butchered and it has to stop, somebody has to find a solution and my solution is let's restore democracy," she said. "Let's give the people education, let's give the people empowerment, let's give the people employment."

Meanwhile, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States rejected Bhutto's allegations that current and former government officials were involved in the bombing of her motorcade.

“I think, with due respect to her, it was absurd,” Mahmud Ali Durrani told the New York Times Thursday, vowing the suicide bombers would be identified and their backers arrested.

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