Bhutto Visits Ancestral Home

She makes her first trip outside Karachi under tight security
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2007 12:06 PM CDT
Security guards from Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples' Party block the entrance to Garhi Khuda Bux, the Bhutto family burial tomb as they wait for Bhutto's arrival in the Pakistani town of Larkana Saturday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Benazir Bhutto visited her ancestral village in southern Pakistan today and prayed at the tomb of her executed father, BBC reports. The trip was Bhutto's first outside Karachi since a failed assassination attempt last week. "It's so moving for me to finally be here and to be able to pray at his grave and the grave of my young brothers," she said.

About 4,000 supporters chanted "Long live Bhutto" as she arrived in Lakarna amid heavy security. The village is a base of the impoverished peasant constituency Bhutto inherited from her father, a populist hero. "My father used to say that the people of Pakistan are my political heirs—they are my sons and daughters," said Bhutto, who is campaigning to win back her job as PM.