Benazir Bhutto was born on June 21st, 1953 in Karachi. She was the eldest daughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. She studied in Lady Jennings Nursery and was later sent to the Convent of Jesus and Mary that is in Karachi. She spent 2 years at Rawalpindi Presentation convent and then later was sent to Jesus and Mary Convent at Muree. At the age of 15 she passed her O level exams. She got into the U.S. Harvard University Radcliff College and passed out with a political science degree. She joined Oxford University in 1973. She completed her postgraduate course in 1977. She joined her father as an advisor.
Martial law was imposed by General Zia-ul-Haq in 1977. Benazir Bhutto went abroad on medical basis. She spent six and a half years in custody. For 2 years she went into exile. In the year 1985 Benazir came back to Pakistan to stand for the elections at the provincial assemblies. When she returned in the year 1986, a million people greeted her at Lahore. She took up many rallies all over Pakistan. She always wanted to restore democracy in Pakistan.
Benazir Bhutto’s Marriage and Prime Ministership
Benazir Bhutto got married to Asif Ali Zardari in Karachi, on December 18th 1987. She stood for many elections after this. She has three children. Benazir became the first woman Prime Minister of Pakistan when she was 35 years old. She removed the ban on trade unions and students. She lost her power due to differences with the president Ghulam Ishq Khan.
She returned to power and nominated her own president, Farroq Ahmad Khan Leghari. He removed her government on charges of corruption in 1996.
Benazir Bhutto’s Contribution for Pakistani Women
Benazir Bhutto had also fought for women’s health, social and discrimination issues. She had plans to set up police stations of women, banks and also courts. She always spoke against abortion. She was one among the forefront to form the council of women world leaders. Daughter of the East is one among her published books.
Benazir Bhutto was assassinated when on her rally for the PPP on December 27th, 2007 at Liaquat National Bagh. She was killed by a gunman and bomb blasts that killed many others.
As a politician, wife and mother, Benazir fulfilled her responsibilities to the fullest. Thus being an icon to many women. Especially muslim women. Benazir was against violence on woman. Traditionally, muslim women are stuck to household cores and would not venture outside. But Benazir’s zest for life, her charisma was so good that she became a role model to many.
Bhutto was not only a mentor to women but she became a mentor to many politicians also. Many political figures spoke about Benazir as being a good human being and so also a good politician. After her assassination there were many politicians from all over the world who were shocked and spoke in grief about Benazir.
From getting the best of education and being a great leader. Benazir has done it all. She fought for democracy until death. Her intelligence and charm has an everlasting print in everybody’s mind.