Benazir Bhutto

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Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto was assassinated on the 27th of December. Bhutto was killed whilst leaving a campaign rally for the PPP at Liaquat National Bagh, where she had given a spirited address to party supporters in the run-up to the January 2008 parliamentary elections. After entering her bulletproof vehicle, Bhutto stood up through its sunroof to wave to the crowds. At this point, a Lashkar-i-Jhangvi assassin on a motorcycle took the opportunity to shoot at her with a pistol. The assassin then detonated explosives stored around him, killing approximately 20 people. Bhutto, who was critically wounded during the attack, was rushed to

Rawalpindi General

Hospital. She was taken into surgery at 17:35 local time, and pronounced dead 41 minutes later, at 18:16. Bhutto was buried next to her father in the family mausoleum in her hometown of Garhi Khuda Bakhsh in Larkana District, Sindh, at a ceremony attended by hundreds of thousands of mourners.

On December 28, 2007, the Interior Ministry of Pakistan stated that “Bhutto was killed when she tried to duck back into the vehicle, and the shock waves from the blast knocked her head into a lever attached to the sunroof, fracturing her skull”. However, a hospital spokesman stated earlier that she had suffered shrapnel wounds to the head and that this was the cause of her death. Bhutto’s aides have disputed this account, claiming that it is a “pack of lies.”

The reaction in

Pakistan was outrageous. After the assassination, there were a number of riots resulting in approximately 20 deaths, of whom three were police officers. Around 250 cars were burnt; angry and upset supporters of Bhutto threw rocks outside the hospital where she was being held. Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the rival opposition party Pakistan Muslim League (N), stated that “This is a tragedy for her party and a tragedy for our party and the entire nation.

Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistan politician who had chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), a centre-left political party in

Pakistan affiliated to the Socialist International. Bhutto was the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state, having been twice elected Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Benazir Bhutto was born to Begum Nusrat Ispahani, and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who belonged to a prominent Shia Muslim family of Larkana , in

Karachi, Dominion of Pakistan on June 21, 1953. She attended the



Nursery School and then the Convent of Jesus and Mary in

Karachi. After two years of schooling at the Rawalpindi Presentation Convent, she was sent to the Jesus and Mary Convent at Murree. She passed her O-level examinations at the age of 15. She then went on to complete her A-Levels at the


Grammar School.

After completing her early education in Pakistan, she pursued her higher education in the

United States. From 1969 to 1973 she attended


College at


University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with cum laude honors in comparative government” She was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Bhutto would later call her time at Harvard “four of the happiest years of my life” and said it formed “the very basis of [her] belief in democracy”. As Prime Minister, she arranged a gift from the Pakistani government to




The next phase of her education took place in the

United Kingdom. Between 1973 and 1977 Bhutto studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Lady Margaret Hall,

Oxford. She completed a course in International Law and Diplomacy while at Oxford.In December 1976 she was elected president of the Oxford Union, becoming the first Asian woman to head the prestigious debating society.

On December 18, 1987 she married Asif Ali Zardari in

Karachi. The couple had three children: Bilawal, Bakhtwar, and Aseefa.

It was during Bhutto’s rule that the Taliban gained prominence in

Afghanistan. She viewed the Taliban as a group that could stabilize

Afghanistan and enable trade access to the Central Asian republics, according to author Stephen Coll. He claims that her government provided military and financial support for the Taliban, even sending a small unit of the Pakistani army into


More recently, she took an anti-Taliban stance, and condemned terrorist acts allegedly committed by the Taliban and their supporters.

It is very sad that when a person of this caliber and intelligence gets killed. One shot and all is gone! Finished! Be it her political self, family member, wife or daughter! She will always remain an integral part of

Pakistan politics and her place cannot be taken by anyone.Anjuri Nayar

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