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Pakistan to mark five years since Bhutto murder

Published on Dec 27, 2012 6:06 AM
Supporters of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) visit the tomb of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Garhi Khuda Bukash near Larkana on Dec 26, 2012, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of her death. Ms Bhutto was assassinated in a gun and suicide attack after addressing an election campaign rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, on Dec 27, 2007. -- PHOTO: AFP

LARKANA, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistan on Thursday marks the fifth anniversary of the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, with her son expected to launch his political career with a speech in the family's ancestral home town.

Ms Bhutto, twice elected prime minister, was killed in a gun and suicide attack after an election rally in Rawalpindi, the headquarters of Pakistan's army, on Dec 27, 2007. No one has ever been convicted of her murder.

Thousands are expected to gather at the Bhutto family mausoleum at Larkana in the southern province of Sindh and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Benazir and of President Asif Ali Zardari, is to make his first major public speech.

The Bhutto family has been a force in Pakistani politics for almost all of the country's 65-year history.

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