Jaipur : Benazir Bhutto would feel at peace whenever she visited the revered shrine of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti here, and during a visit in 2005 the assassinated former prime minister ironically prayed to return to her country from exile.
Bhutto, who was assassinated in Rawalpindi Thursday evening, visited the shrine thrice – in 2005, 2003 and 2001.
The last time Bhutto had come with her husband Asif Zardari to pray at the dargah.
“It seems only a few days back that Bhutto came here along with her husband. The couple had spent around 30 minutes in the dargha offering prayers,” Iqbal, a worker at the shrine, said.
“I still remember that she had remarked how much of tranquillity she feels in the dargha. It was in April 2005 that she made her third visit,” he said.
Bhutto was wearing a salmar kameez and had covered her head with a red dupatta as she prayed for peace. “She had remarked how happy she was at Zardari saheb coming out after spending eight years in prison. ‘I’ve come for thanksgiving at Ajmer Sharif as I had prayed for his release,’ Bhutto had said,” recalled Munnawar, a member of the Anjuman Committee, the official committee of the dargah khadims (servers).
“She had prayed at the shrine for her return to Pakistan. It seems she did not know what was in store for her,” Munnawar said.
Benazir was in self-imposed exile for eight years till her return on Oct 18.