Supporters cry at the grave of their slain leader, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, ahead of her first death anniversary in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, near Larkana December 26, 2008. Bhutto was assassinated on December 27 2007, after a public rally in Rawalpindi.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo) Photo Gallery>>>
ISLAMABAD, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- The first death anniversary of former Pakistani Prime Minister and former Chairperson of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed is observed throughout the country on Saturday.
A large number of PPP party workers, office bearers and supporters from every nook and corner of the country are reaching Bhutto's home town Naudero in southern Sindh province to attend the anniversary. Great enthusiasm is being witnessed among the people and the entire town is sounding with PPP slogans, private TV channel Geo reported.
In the Liaquat Bagh park where Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in gunshot and suicide bombing attacks on Dec. 27 last year, a giant billboard, on which Benazir Bhutto's picture was shown, was erected.
A supporter holds a candle next to a picture of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto during a prayer ceremony ahead of her first death anniversary in Karachi December 26, 2008. Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007 after a public rally in Rawalpindi.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo) Photo Gallery>>>
Memorial articles and pictures of Benazir Bhutto dominated local TV channels and newspapers on Saturday.
Quran Khawani for the departed soul of Shaheed-e-Jamhoriat willbe held in all cities and towns across the country. Special programs, walks, declamation contests and seminars have been planned to highlight the services of the Daughter of the East, according to the Geo.
In a message to the nation, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said Bhutto gave her life to brighten the light of democracy and freedom and illuminate new ways for progress and prosperity of people and stability of the country.
In a telecast address on Saturday, Gilani said Benazir Bhutto was the symbol of federation and only ray of hope to the people of Pakistan.
Pakistani President and widower of Bhutto Asif Ali Zardari said in his national address that Benazir Bhutto would always be remembered as the leader who gave voice to the muted turbulence of the spirit of a vanquished people,
Zardari said Benazir Bhutto gave voice to the voiceless, strength to the weak and motivation to the people to strive for a goal higher than life.
"It is a measure of her greatness that ordinary people who came in contact with her became extraordinary," he said.
ISLAMABAD, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday said former Prime Minister and chairman of the People's Party Benazir Bhutto's ideas were still alive.
In a message to the nation on the first death anniversary of Bhutto, Zardari said "the tyrants and the killers have killed her but they shall never be able to kill her ideas that drove and inspired a generation to lofty aims." Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday said that he supports Pakistan's efforts to search for truth and justice on the December 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
A statement issued here by Ban's spokesperson said, "One year ago, assassins took the life of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan. On this painful anniversary, the secretary-general stands in solidarity with the government and the people of Pakistan and assures them of his commitment to contribute to their search for truth and justice." Full story
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 Rawalpindi. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo) Photo Gallery>>>
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 province. Full story