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Musharraf can't visit Benazir's grave, says PPP
January 12, 2008 13:58 IST
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf [Images] has no plans to visit slain former premier Benazir Bhutto's ancestral village to offer condolence to her family, but her party has said he would not be welcome even if he were to come.
Dismissing reports in the media that Musharraf planned to go to Naudero village in Sindh province to condole Bhutto's death, presidential spokesman Rashid Qureshi said he had no knowledge about such a visit.
Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party said it is not looking forward to Musharraf's visit. "Musharraf would not be welcome here; he should not come," party spokesman Farhatullah Babar told The News.
The former premier was assassinated after addressing an election rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on December 27.
Babar said PPP workers were "very angry" and would not allow Musharraf to visit Naudero.
"He is not coming, and nobody has contacted Zardari about such visit to Naudero," he said.
News reports had said Musharraf planned to go to Naudero to condole Bhutto's death with Zardari and lay a floral wreath at her grave in the Bhutto family mausoleum.
A key presidential aide, who was engaged in talks with the PPP before Bhutto's return to Pakistan, had called up Zardari after her assassination and expressed shock at her death.
He had talked to Bhutto's son Bilawal on that day.
Zardari has decided to remain in Naudero for the 40-day period of mourning for his wife.