Homeward Bound, Bhutto Fears for Life

Former PM concerned about ‘threat within the government’
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2007 5:39 PM CDT
Pakistani artist Yaseen Ali, 26, gives finishing touches to a portrait of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto along a roadside in Larkana, about 430 kilometers (270 miles) southeast of Karachi, Pakistan,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan Thursday for the first time in 19 years, and she worries her life is at risk. A Taliban commander has vowed to murder the ex-PM with suicide bombers, but her fear is military officers “who have fought the jihad,” she told the Guardian. She's been negotiating security with the government and is expecting 3,500 guards.

A top government minister said the assassination plot claims were “ridiculous,” that no officers were breaking bread with Al-Qaeda. Bhutto's father, another ex-PM, was hanged by the military, and two of her brothers have been murdered. A parade-like welcome is expected; when Bhutto last came to Pakistan, a million people turned out.