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Bhutto's party releases her will to bolster PPP leadership

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Benazir Bhutto's party, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), released the slain former prime minister's handwritten political will Tuesday. It's a move that analysts say is an effort to bolster support for Ms. Bhutto's husband and the PPP's controversial new leader, Asif Ali Zardari, ahead of parliamentary elections on Feb. 18.

The revelation came as unrest continued to bubble over in Pakistan with the Associated Press this week reporting nationwide violence.

On Monday, a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying military personnel to the army's headquarters in Rawalpindi, killing seven people and wounding 37. The dead included a lieutenant colonel from the army's medical corps. On Tuesday, a blast wounded one person in an army district of the southern city of Karachi.

The PPP released the will as dissent grew against Mr. Zardari's leadership, writes leading Pakistani daily newspaper Dawn. In her will, Bhutto wrote:

"I would like my husband Asif Ali Zardari to lead you in this interim period until you and he decide what is best. I say this because he is a man of courage and honour. He spent eleven and a half years in prison without bending despite torture. He has the political stature to keep a party united."
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