Pakistanis commemorate Bhutto birthday with blood donations

21:23, June 21, 2010      

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Thousands of Pakistanis donated their blood on Monday to pay the tributes to the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on the commemoration of her 57th birth anniversary, while thousands others thronged to her mausoleum in her native town Larkana in the southern province Sindh.

The supporters of the ruling Pakistan people's Party (PPP) are hosting a number of events across the country to pay rich tribute to their slain leader.

Pakistan Red Crescent Society, along with other hospitals on the advice of the government, has set up camps across the country for people who wish to donate blood.

Pakistan's president, prime minister, federal ministers, party leaders and politicians and hundreds of thousands of PPP members reached the mausoleum to show their love for their martyred leader through praying and laying floral wreaths on her grave.

The celebration ceremony started in the morning with a "Guard of Honor" followed by the presentation of the national anthem by the school children. A 57-pound cake will be cut in a ceremony on Monday night at the President House Naudero, in Larkana.

On the occasion, President Asif Ali Zardari, spouse of deceased Bhutto, asked the party workers to donate blood on this day for soldiers, policemen and the civilian population.

"Party workers should reiterate their commitment to the values she stood and fought for and when the time came even laid down her life for it," said Zardari.

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