Benazir Bhutto


Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani democratic socialist who served as the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a former prime minister of Pakistan and the founder of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), which she led.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Benazir Bhutto.


1953 Birth Benazir Bhutto was born at Karachi's Pinto Hospital on 21 June 1953. … Read More


1969 16 Years Old She pursued her higher education in the United States; from 1969 to 1973 she attended Radcliffe College at Harvard University, where she obtained a BA with cum laude honours in comparative government. … Read More


1973 - 1976 2 More Events
1977 24 Years Old Bhutto's father, Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was removed from office in a 1977 military coup led by General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, the Chief of Army Staff. … Read More
1979 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Although the murder accusation remained "widely doubted by the public", and many foreign leaders appealed for clemency, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was condemned, then hanged 4 April 1979 under the effective orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan.
1981 28 Years Old After six months of this Bhutto spent months in the hospital, then was moved to Karachi Central Jail, where she remained until 11 December 1981. … Read More


1984 - 1987 4 More Events
After winning support from a coalition government in the national assembly, Benazir assumed the Prime Minister's Office in December 1988. … Read More
Bhutto attempted to warm relations with neighbouring India and met with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1989. … Read More
When she gave birth to Bakhtawar in 1990, she became the first modern head of government to give birth while in office.


In July 1993, Nawaz Sharif resigned from his position due to political pressure.
Even-though her government survived an attempted coup d'état in 1995, she and her husband were accused of a bribery scandal around a deal with Dassault, once again leading the President to dismiss her government over a series of graft charges. … Read More
However, it was the Admiral's large-scale corruption, sponsored by her husband Asif Zardari, that shrunk the credibility of Benazir Bhutto by the end of 1996 that led to end of her government after all.
1997 44 Years Old Benazir Bhutto faced wide public disapproval after the corruption cases became public public, and this was clearly seen in Bhutto's defeat in the 1997 parliamentary elections. … Read More
Bhutto acted as Leader of the Opposition despite living in Dubai, and worked to enhance her public image while supporting public reforms. In 1998, soon after India's Pokhran-II nuclear tests, Bhutto publicly called for Pakistan to begin its own nuclear testing programme, rallying and pressuring Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to make this decision. … Read More
This was the move that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (elected in 1997) did repeat in 1999, when Nawaz Sharif had deposed General Jehangir Karamat after developing serious disagreements on the issues of national security. … Read More
2000 47 Years Old …  Mossack Fonseca had declined to do business with Bhutto's first company, similarly-named Petrofine FZC, established in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). in 2000. … Read More
2002 49 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Her image became more positive and the PPP seemed likely to return to government, perhaps as soon the 2002 elections. … Read More


2004 51 Years Old She and the children were reunited with her husband in December 2004 after more than five years.
2006 53 Years Old 1 More Event
…  It was not until 2006 that the Zina ordinance was finally repealed by a Presidential Ordinance issued by Pervez Musharraf in July 2006. … Read More
However, in 2007, she took an anti-Taliban stance, and condemned terrorist acts allegedly committed by the Taliban and their supporters.
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