The Straits Times
Published on Dec 27, 2012

Bhutto's son launches political career on death anniversary


GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH (AFP) - The son of Pakistan's slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto launched his political career on Thursday on the anniversary of his mother's death, vowing to continue her fight for democracy.

More than 200,000 people gathered at the Bhutto family mausoleum in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh in the southern province of Sindh to pay their respects to Benazir and to hear Bilawal Bhutto Zardari make his first major public speech.

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.

In an impassioned speech amid tight security, Bilawal - the third generation of his family to go into politics - promised to continue the fight for the poor and against "anti-democratic forces".