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Emotional return for Benazir

October 27, 2007
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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