Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was born on 21 June 1953 to a family of longstanding political traditions. She was the eldest child of former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and granddaughter of Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto, also a former Prime Minister. She was the first Muslim female Prime Minister and was elected twice to the post. She is the late wife of His Excellency Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, current President of Pakistan.
Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was a graduate from Radcliffe College, part of Harvard University, holding a degree in Political Science. She then studied at Oxford University, where she received a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. At Oxford, she became an Honorary Fellow of her Colleges and President of the Oxford Union, the University's prestigious debating society.
On 18 December 1987, she married Mr. Asif Ali Zardari. The couple had three children, Bilawal, Bakhtawar, and Asifa.
When people around the globe hear of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto's dramatic story of democracy and struggle, they are awed by the tireless strength with which she struggled to bring freedom and democracy to the people of her country. As the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is an icon of the battle for democracy and stands with only a handful of female executive leaders who have shaped the global events of the last century.
First elected Prime Minister at the age of 35, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto became the youngest chief of state in the world and the first female Prime Minister in the Muslim world. After just 20 months in office, her government was undemocratically dismissed. Undeterred, she was reelected as prime minister in 1993.
Prime Minister Bhutto was praised for moving swiftly to restore civil liberties and political freedom while launching national health and education reform.
On 27 December 2007, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was killed while leaving a campaign rally for the PPP at Liaquat National Bagh, after giving a spirited address to party supporters in the run-up to the January 2008 parliamentary elections. Her body was flown to her hometown of Garhi Khuda Bakhsh in Larkana District, Sindh, and was buried next to her father in the family mausoleum at a ceremony attended by hundreds of thousands of mourners.
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