Karachi (June 21, 2018): The Nation is observing 65th birthday anniversary of a legendary politician, Benazir Bhutto (late) across the country today. She served the nation twice as prime minister. Benazir Bhutto was the first woman who led a Muslim country.
She was born on June 21, 1953, in a politically prominent Bhutto family and was the youngest daughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Nusrat Ispahani Bhutto.
Her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was the founder of the Pakistan People’s Party and served as both prime minister and president in the 1970s. He was hanged in 1979. Benazir was educated at Harvard University and the University of Oxford.
In 1984 Benazir, along with her family, left for London where she resided until 1988. After her return, Benazir successfully led the People’s Party through the 1988 election. After winning support from a coalition government in the national assembly, Benazir assumed the Prime Minister’s Office in December 1988.Benazir Bhutto had married Asif Ali Zardari, son of Hakim Ali Zardari, a businessman and landowner on Feb 17, 1987.
Benazir’s government was dismissed on August 7, 1990, by the then President. Bhutto successfully led her party to victory in the 1993 parliamentary elections and once again became the prime minister. Once again her government was dismissed by the then president on 5 November 1996.
In 1998, Benazir went into self-exile to her estate in Emirates Hills in Dubai.
She had three children Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (1988) Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari (1990) and Asifa Bhutto Zardari.
On 19 October 2007, Benazir returned to Karachi, where her campaign bus came under attack leaving dozens of her supporters dead, while she remained safe.
Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007.
Pakistan’s politics remains incomplete without her and charter of democracy is seen as an important milestone of her political career.
She was laid to rest by the side of the graves of her father and brothers in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, Larkana.