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Mourners turn anger on Musharraf
By Catherine Miller
BBC News, Larkana, Pakistan

Benazir Bhutto's coffin is carried by her husband and PPP supporters
Hundreds of thousands attended Benazir Bhutto's funeral

As dusk fell the mourners returning from Benazir Bhutto's funeral streamed along the road from Larkana.

This was her heartland and every wall, fence and roundabout is festooned with her image and the colours of the Pakistan People's Party.

Some of the many thousands who had mobbed the family mausoleum at Gharri Khuda Bakhsh to pay their respects were heading home to the small villages which are scattered across the Sindh countryside.

Groups of men balanced precariously on motorbikes and piled on to pick-up trucks, ploughing up plumes of dust in their wake.

They waved party banners and shouted Jeay Bhutto! (Long live Bhutto).

In Larkana itself, groups of men still hung around by the crossroads as the evening call to prayer sounded out.

The atmosphere was sullen, though not intimidating. But there were signs of earlier violence.

The street was strewn with the carcasses of burned-out cars - the remnants of the arson and riots which have rippled across the country since the former prime minister's assassination was announced.

Shops and petrol stations are closed as their owners fear becoming targets of the people's anger.

Drivers are fearful of going beyond their local areas. After dark there were sounds of gunfire.

Sorrow and poverty

There is no doubt among the people here who is to blame for her death:

Angry mourners at Benazir Bhutto's funeral
Many of the mourners expressed their anger at the government

"Musharraf! Musharraf! He killed her! And we will take revenge. We will kill him in return!"

There is a genuine love among the people here for Benazir Bhutto and for her family, who have held land and power here for generations.

But there is little sign that the region has felt any benefit from living in the shadow of one of the country's most influential dynasties.

The poverty which blights rural Pakistan is striking and most people eke out their living in the scrubby fields.

"We are all filled with sorrow," said Hamid, a distinguished-looking gentleman in a pale blue blazer pushing a bicycle.

"Everyone here is against the government. The government could not bear the idea that Benazir could win this election.

"Benazir was a great leader. Her aim in life was to maintain democracy."

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