Huge crowds join funeral procession of Pakistani politician assassinated on Thursday.
Weeping in grief and chanting slogans against figures in the pro-government political party, they formed into hundreds of rows for the funeral prayers.
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.
He said: “Once the funeral rights are over, I would imagine the PPP leadership coming together, having their internal discussions, and agreeing on ways to move forward.”
|Bhutto talked to her supporters before
the fatal attack [AFP]
The PPP said it would observe a 40-day period of mourning while Nawaz Sharif, another opposition leader and former prime minister, has called for a nationwide strike on Friday.
Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistan president, condemned the killing and announced three days of mourning.
Seventeen people, including three policemen, had been killed in violent protests so far, police and a provincial government minister said on Friday.
Police also said that a bomb at an election meeting in the northwest killed six people, including a candidate of a pro-Musharraf party.
A Reuters reporter travelling through Sindh said he had seen hundreds of burnt-out vehicles, and people were coming out on Friday morning and setting fire to more and trying to block roads.
Unidentified assailants shot dead a policeman in a neighbourhood of Karachi.
“Unknown people gunned down a police constable in Lyari this morning,” said Fayyaz Khan, a senior police official.