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About Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto (Born: June 21, 1953; Death: December 26, 2007) is a former Pakistan Prime Minister and one of the most favored Pakistani personality. She is the first women Prime Minister to lead a post-colonial Muslim state. She was assasinated while addressing an election rally in Rawalpindi's Liaquat Bagh area.

Personal Biography

She was the eldest child of former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a Pakistani of Sindhi extraction, and Begum Nusrat Bhutto, a Pakistani of Iranian-Kurdish extraction. Her paternal grandfather was Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto who came to Larkana Sindh before partition from his native town of Bhatto Kalan in Haryana.

Bhutto attended the Lady Jennings 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 examination at the age of 15. he then went on to complete her A-Levels from the Karachi Grammar School.

After completing her early education in Pakistan, she pursued her higher education in the United States. From 1969 to 1973 she attended Radcliffe College, and then Harvard University, where she obtained a B.A. degree cum laude in comparative government. She was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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 have three children: Bilawal, Bakhtwar, and Aseefa.


There have been several assassination attempts on Bhutto in the past.

Assasination investigation

In August 09, Benazir's protocol officer Chaudhry Aslam has filed a petition in the Lahore High Court seeking registration of a case against former President General Pervez Musharraf in connection with the assassination. In September 09, it is reported that the UN Benazir probe team to grill Musharraf in London and also will visit Washington.


A documentary based on the life of Bhutto has been awarded a Certificate of Merit at the Chicago Film Festival Hugo Television Awards.

Professional Biography

As Politician

As Prime Minister

She was twice elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, for the first time in 1988 for a period of 20 months before being removed by former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan on grounds of alleged corruption. In 1993, Bhutto was re-elected as Prime Minister and removed in 1996 on similar charges, this time by President Farooq Leghari.

Self-imposed exile

Bhutto went into self-imposed exile in Dubai in 1998, where she remained until she returned to Pakistan on October 18, 2007, after reaching an understanding with General Musharraf by which she was granted amnesty and all corruption charges were withdrawn. She has spent eight years in exile in Dubai and London and returned to Karachi in October 07 to prepare for the 2008 general elections and suicide bombers immediately attacked her PPP rally.

Other Professional Information

  • In March 2010, Musharraf revealed that he and former Prime Minister Benazir had entered a deal, according to which, all cases against her were to be dropped in return for which she had agreed to not to return to Pakistan before the elections.

Benazir Bhutto in News

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FIA seeks Musharraf's trial in absentia in Bhutto assassination case
Pakistan authorities have reportedly filed a petition in an anti-terrorist court seeking former president General Pervez Musharraf's trial in absentia in connection with the assassination of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto.

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Musharraf 'murdered my mother': Bilawal Bhutto
The son of slain Pakistan leader Benazir Bhutto has accused ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf of "murdering" his mother, by sabotaging her security.

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Sharif accuses Gilani and Zardari of lying to the nation
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Pak deports Osama's family to Saudi Arabia
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'Acceleration at low height caused mid-air explosion leading to deadly Bhoja plane crash'
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Zardari calls on Pak citizens to foil anti- democracy conspiracies
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Secret ISI letter shows Benazir Bhutto's murder was planned for Dec 21,2007
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