Benazir’s cavalcade slowly inching towards Mazar-e-Quaid (Final lead:Benazir)

November 14th, 2007 - 2:29 am ICT by admin  
More than seven hours after she landed here, ending her eight years of self-exile, Bhutto’s convoy has hardly moved few kilometres.

Pakistan People Party’s leaders, including Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Babar Awan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Naveed Qamar and Qaim Ali Shah are also travelling in the armoured vehicle along with Bhutto.

Bhutto today turned emotional after she landed at the Karachi airport.

After being greeted with thousands of supporters just outside the Jinnah International Airport Karachi, where she landed from Dubai along with her two sons, sister, nephews and party supporters, Bhutto was seen weeping and occasionally looking to heaven with prayers.

“I am overwhelmed to be back,” she said as her entourage slowly moved towards the heart of the city where she is expected to address a mammoth rally.

‘I am sure that democracy will be restored in Pakistan,” she said, adding that she would rid Pakistan of military dictatorship.

“Together we are going to save the poor public. Our agenda is Pakistan’s, our agenda is that of the poor Pakistanis and you too should be part of this so that the public can get to track of success,” she told her supporters.

Taking into consideration that there might be an assassination attempt by forces owing allegiance to al Qaeda and Taliban, Pakistan’s Interior Ministry ensured multi-layered security arrangements for the dignitary.

She is expected to stay in Karachi for three days, after which she will proceed to her hometown Larkana and to neighbouring Naudero to offer prayers at her late father and former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s grave.

Thereafter, she will leave for Islamabad for possible talks with President General Pervez Musharraf.

She is also scheduled to undertake a road trip to Lahore.

Bhutto is the second former Prime Minister to return to Pakistan during the incumbency of the Musharraf regime. Earlier, PML (N) leader Nawaz Sharif had arrived in Islamabad, only to be bundled back to Saudi Arabia. He has announced that he would make a second attempt to return after November 15. (ANI)

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