Former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto made an emotional return to her ancestral home at Larkana in Pakistan's Sindh province on Saturday, after eight years of self-imposed exile. She offered prayers at the tomb of her father and brother and vowed to continue her fight to save democracy in the country.
Eight days after a devastating suicide attack on her homecoming motorcade killed 165 people and injured hundreds more in the port city of Karachi, she flew in a commercial flight to Sukkur with a large contingent of journalists and top leaders of her Pakistan People's Party.
Bhutto was given a rousing welcome by hundreds of cheering supporters at Sukkur, a town near Larkana.
On the flight, she told reporters: "It's been a long time since I have been here and I thank god for giving me the opportunity to put my feet on my homeland again and to see
the love of my people. This has strengthened me to do what I can to save Pakistan by saving democracy," she said.
Image: Benazir Bhutto prays at her brother Mir Murtaza Bhutto's grave during her visit to the village of Gahri Khuda Baksh on Saturday.
Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images
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