A supporter of former Pakistani Prime
Minister Bhutto shows the commemorative coin issued by the State Bank of
Pakistan on the first anniversary of Bhutto's death in Karachi Dec. 26,
2008. Bhutto was assassinated on Dece. 27, 2007 after a public rally in
by Li Zhongfa
ISLAMABAD, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan is set to
mark the first anniversary of the assassination of former prime minister Benazir
Bhutto on Saturday when hundreds of thousands of people will gather at her grave
in southern province.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Bhutto's
widower, and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani are expected to lead the mourners
at the Bhutto family mausoleum in the town of Garhi KhudaBakhsh of Sindh
Bhutto's son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who co-chairs
the ruling Pakistan People's People (PPP) with his father, will also be present
at the ceremony.
Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack on Dec. 27
last year after addressing an election rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
The PPP, after Bhutto's killing, won the general
elections in February and formed a coalition government. Zardari was elected
President of Pakistan in September this year.
Gilani has declared Saturday a national holiday to
remember the two-time former prime minister. The central bank will also issue
anew 10-rupee coin with Bhutto's portrait on it.
TV footage shows that tents have been set up in the
town of Garhi Khuda Bakhsh to accommodate hundreds of thousands of people who
will travel from different places across the country.
A special security arrange, especially in Sindh
province, was made to avert possible violent attacks.
Bhutto's assassination remains a mystery as her death
anniversary is being commemorated.
After Bhutto was killed, then President Pervez
Musharraf had asked for a Scotland Yard team to join in the investigation.
But the PPP said the Scotland Yard team was given
"limited mandate" during their probe, and was not authorized to investigate who
are the persons behind the hideous crime.
The PPP-led government has requested the UN's probe
into Bhutto's killing, but there has been no progress so far.