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Al-Qaeda is blamed as Pakistan burns
Benazir Bhutto was laid to rest before tens of thousands of mourners yesterday as Pakistan’s Government accused al-Qaeda of killing her and a furious row erupted over precisely how she died.
More than 30 people were killed as riots erupted across the country. Banks, police and railway stations, shops, factories, foreign fast-food outlets and vehicles were set ablaze in cities throughout Pakistan.
Demonstrators exchanged gun-fire with police, aircraft were grounded, railway lines severed and roads blocked. Troops were on the streets of the main cities and, in Karachi, Ms Bhutto’s stronghold, they had orders to shoot rioters.
The country was braced last night for even worse violence after Ms Bhutto’s burial in the family mausoleum in the town of Larkana, in Sindh province. Approximately 100,000 weeping and wailing supporters attended her funeral, many of them chanting anti-Musharraf slogans.