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Pak mourns 'martyr' Bhutto, recalls family tragedies

world Updated: Dec 28, 2007 16:21 IST

With the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto, the Pakistani media focussed on the tragic end most members of the Bhutto clan have met over the years.

The influential Dawn summed up the mood with the headline "Garhi Khuda Baksh awaits another Bhutto".

Bhutto's father, former prime minister Zulfikhar Ali Bhutto, who was hanged after a controversial trial in 1979, was laid to rest at Garhi Khuda Baksh, the family's ancestral village. She will be buried near her father's grave.

Another headline in the paper read "Another Bhutto gone, another black day" -- bringing back memories of the tragic end of most members of the Bhutto clan.

Bhutto's two brothers Murtaza and Shahnawaz too died unnatural deaths. Murtaza was killed with six companions in controversial circumstances in an alleged gun battle with the police in 1996.

Shahnawaz was found dead in his apartment in France in 1985, and there were allegations he had been poisoned. The News ran a banner headline in black and red that read: "Cry the beloved country, Farewell Benazir".

Bhutto, the charismatic head of the Pakistan People's Party who was shot dead on Thursday, had been championing the cause of democracy in her election campaign.

The News's Urdu sister publication Jang called Bhutto a "shaheed" (martyr). Another respected daily, The Post, had a large headline that simply said "Martyred".

The Tribune, published from Islamabad and Rawalpindi, headlined its report "Bhutto martyred, God save Pakistan".