LARKANA/NAUDERO - Pakistan People's Party Co-Chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari has said that all the murderers of Benazir Bhutto have almost been eliminated, except a key character.

Speaking to PPP leaders on the occasion of Benzair Bhutto's 62nd birth anniversary here on Sunday, Zardari said that his late wife had nominated people she believed would harm her in her life, adding that an army general and some accomplices were nominated in the FIR of former prime minister’s murder.

Zardari arrived at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh from Naudero via helicopter along with daughter Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari and Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Chaudhry Abdul Hamid. He paid a visit to Benazir’s mausoleum and recited prayers after laying wreath. He went back to Naudero via road after that where birthday celebration of the slain prime minister was arranged.

“BB herself got registered the FIR; neither me nor anybody else lodged the case," he said in his address, adding that Mohtarma had said Musharraf would be responsible if anything happened to her. "We cannot withdraw the FIR, no matter how much pressure you exert on us or how much you fight for that," said Zardari, without clearly mentioning who he was addressing to.

The PPP co-chairman said nobody could withdraw the FIR. "You need not worry because children of Benazir and people stand by me," he told the participants. Zardari pledged to pick the thread of Benazir’s struggle for democratic and an egalitarian Pakistan.

Bilawal in his address said that ‘Jiyalas’ had a special place in his mother’s heart and he would continue to rely on them to carry the message of the martyred leadership to the barefoot and downtrodden masses. He said that the philosophy of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto continues to be the guiding principles for the PPP leadership, workers and the toiling masses across Pakistan.

Twitterati took to the social media platform to wish late BB happy birthday. Daughters Bakhtawar Bhutto and Aseefa Bhutto missed their mother and everything about her. While Bakhtawar Bhutto on a tweet said happy birthday Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Aseefa tweeted "Not a day goes by when I don't think of you every minute of everyday every breath I take will miss you".

The event arranged by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Larkana had thin attendance due to hot weather in most parts of Sindh. PPP workers and leaders attendance was also thin at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto, while a large number of workers and local party reached Naudero on the day to pay tribute to the brave leadership of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah along with his cabinet members and central leaders of PPP also visited the mausoleum of martyrs of Bhutto family at Garhi Khuad Bux Bhutto. Quran Khuwani and Dua were held at Bhutto House Naudero and Iftar dinner was hosted by Asif Ali Zardari and his son, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, Sindh CM, Khursheed Shah, Faryal Talpur and others attend the Iftar dinner. Later, the Sindh CEC meeting was chaired by PPP chairman and co-chairman at Naudero.

CM Sindh Qaim Ali Shah on Sunday said that the Sindh government and Rangers are on the same page against terrorism. Speaking to the media at Naudero and Garhi Khuda Bux, he said the media has highly exaggerated reports of the letter that was written by him to the Rangers.