Pakistan issues coin to honour Benazir on anniversary

December 19th, 2008 - 7:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Benazir BhuttoIslamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) The State Bank of Pakistan will issue a new Rs.10 coin in honour of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto to mark the fist anniversary of her death in a suicide attack. The central bank said it will issue about 300,000 of the commemorative coins bearing Bhutto’s portrait with the words “Daughter of the East - Honourable Benazir Bhutto” inscribed in Urdu, The News reported Friday.

The former prime minister was assassinated in a suicide attack in Rawalpindi Dec 27, 2007 after addressing an election rally. She had survived a similar attack just two months before on her homecoming parade in Karachi. The government blamed a Pakistani Taliban for the attack.

Her death, however, helped her Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) to win the general elections in February by a wave of sympathy for her.

To commemorate the slain leader, the first woman prime minister of an Islamic country, the government had also renamed Islamabad’s international airport, a main road and a hospital in Rawalpindi after her.

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