Huge crowds join funeral procession of Pakistani politician assassinated on Thursday.
“It is an irreparable loss and they are turning it into a joke with such claims. The country is heading towards civil war.”
Kamal Hyder, Al Jazeera’s Pakistan correspondent, said people were asking why the car in which Bhutto was travelling was not damaged by the fatal attack.
“A lot of people in Pakistan believe there may be some kind of conspiracy behind the assassination,” he said.
Bhutto drinks tea in this photo taken at the
Asif Ali Zardari, Bhutto’s husband, accompanied the closed coffin draped with the PPP’s green, red and black tricolour as it began the 7km journey by ambulance.
Bhutto had returned to Pakistan from Dubai in October, ending more than eight years of self-imposed exile after reaching an understanding with Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistan president.
Election in doubt
The are fears that the January 8 polls will not now go ahead after Nawaz Sharif, another opposition leader and former prime minister, said he would boycott the poll.
The PPP also said it would observe a 40-day period of mourning.
Ameen Jan, a Pakistani political analyst, told Al Jazeera that the PPP needed to find a new leader to achieve its political goals.
“In terms of leadership contenders, there are several, including Makhdoom Amin Fahim, the vice-chairman, who, since yesterday, became the person holding the reins.”