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Pakistan's Sharif meets Bhutto's husband: witnesses

world Updated: Dec 29, 2007 21:41 IST

Former premier Nawaz Sharif on Saturday met the husband of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto at the family home in southern Pakistan to offer his condolences, witnesses said.

Sharif and around 50 party officials arrived at Naudero, Bhutto's ancestral village in Sindh province, after flying from his stronghold in the eastern city of Lahore.

As Sharif went inside the house to meet with Bhutto's husband Asif Ali Zardari, thousands of supporters outside shouted "Long live Bhutto!" as well as anti-government slogans, an AFP correspondent said.

"The purpose is to personally convey his condolences to the Bhutto family," his spokesman Siddiqul Farooq said.

Bhutto was buried alongside her father, former premier Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, in her family's imposing white mausoleum yesterday amid wails of grief from hundreds of thousands of supporters.

Sharif told AFP yesterday that Zardari had asked him not to attend the funeral because of security fears.