Bloggers sign online condolence book for Bhutto

Written by Agencies | Islamabad, December 31: | Updated: Dec 31 2007, 20:31pm hrs
Hundreds of internet users from across the globe are signing an online condolence book offering their tributes to the slain former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto.

A blogger, who goes by the name of teethmaestro, is one of those who launched an online condolence book for Bhutto after her assassination in Rawalpindi on December 27.

"It is without doubt that an entire nation actually sheds a tear on the death of Benazir Bhutto. She was a hero to many, and rival to others, but the bottom line is that she was a brave leader of our nation and her struggles for democracy will not go unremembered. May her soul rest in peace," teethmaestro wrote, inviting mourners to sign the book.

"I will make it my own responsibility to present the entire list (of condolences) to the offices of the Pakistan People's Party to be attached with the main condolence book.

Please pay your respects below," he added.

The responses started accumulating within minutes of the launching of the online book.

"You fought the good fight, may god rest your soul. Thank you," signed Ryan on the book which carries a picture of Bhutto from her younger days. Some others wrote poetry for Bhutto. Lala Hasan sent in couplet: "What kind of flowers could we offer you on your grave/ You left during a season when the branches of trees are empty."

Bhutto's friends also posted messages for her on the book. Haroo-Pascal Mian, who has known Bhutto for years, wrote: "Dear Pinky, we will all miss you. I remember the first time I saw you, it was on your first day at Karachi Grammar School. The big buzz was 'Pinky is here, Pinky is here!