On December 27 (today) the entire nation is remembering Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, on her 13th death anniversary.
Benazir Bhutto – Early Life
She was born on June 21, 1953, in Karachi, Pakistan, the eldest child of former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
She went on to found the Pakistan People’s Party and serve as the nation’s prime minister (from 1971 to 1977).
Bhutto attended Radcliffe College from 1969 to 1973 and then enrolled at Harvard University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative government.
It was then onto the United Kingdom, where she studied at Oxford University from 1973 to 1977, completing a course in international law and diplomacy.
Leader Of The PPP
Bhutto returned to Pakistan in 1977 and was placed under house arrest after the military coup led by General Mohammad Zia ul-Haq overthrew her father’s government.
One year after Zia ul-Haq became president in 1978, the elder Bhutto was hanged after his conviction on charges of authorizing the murder of an opponent.
She inherited her father’s leadership of the PPP.
Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who served as Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996. She was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation.
Her struggles for democracy are already a part of our history and a source of inspiration for the party workers.
She used to run her party in a democratic way, which ultimately strengthened unity within the party. Bhutto used to be extremely fair and impartial when allotting party tickets during elections.
She used to consult with Party Presidents and Secretaries on the district level to make the best possible and informed decision.
Benazir Bhutto Assassination
Bhutto was killed when an assassin fired shots and then blew himself up after an election campaign rally in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007.
The attack also killed 28 others and wounded at least another 100.
The attacker struck just minutes after Bhutto addressed a rally of thousands of supporters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, eight miles south of Islamabad.
She died after hitting her head on part of her vehicle’s sunroof.
She was buried at her family’s mausoleum in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, the southern province of Sindh and was buried alongside her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.