Her brother Mir Murtaza, who had been estranged from Benazir since their father’s death, returned from abroad and leveled charges of corruption at Benazir’s husband, Asif Ali Zardari. Netizens took note of it after she shared another picture with the caption: "Can you spot my mother on my shawl.". They’d go out and work and then every month they’d come back for a refresher to learn something more. The Pakistani public was shocked by this turn of events, and PPP supporters were divided over the charges against Zardari. But we’d sit there having these intense conversations about women succeeding. Benazir Bhutto: It was a victory for women everywhere. Benazir Bhutto once quoted to have said, ‘‘I have led an unusual life. I think back to the time when my father was in prison. Building schools was right. Benazir Bhutto: Yes. Through wrong decisions. She belongs to a political and landlord family. Benazir Bhutto’s father was sentenced to death and was under house arrest with his family, until he was executed by hanging in 1979. Now when I look back on it, it was my father who was against the gender constraints of my time. How can a woman succeed?” Not necessarily in politics, but I wanted to be a diplomat. It’s a game of mathematics. A Bhutto re-election bid failed in 1997, and the next elected government, headed by the more conservative Nawaz Sharif, was overthrown by the military. Life was about the larger issues where we could all play a role. Benazir was born on June 21, 1953 in Karachi, Pakistan to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Begum Nusrat Ispahani. When I first got elected, they said, “A woman has usurped a man’s place! It was really — I felt powerful. There used to be a South Asian Association Regional Conference, and I was supposed to go to New Delhi and I didn’t go because somebody told me, “Oh, let the president go. In the process, she was subjected to repeated detentions, intimidation, coercion as well as physical and mental hardships to abandon her struggle. Her mother, Nusrat Bhutto, was elected to parliament in the 1980s and was a leader of the democratic opposition. The Social Justice iBook opens up the compelling, inspiring and selfless world of social justice, giving readers a better understanding of how empowering others, promoting equality and exposing injustice can change the very fabric of our society. I was very studious. According to her date of birth, Fatima Bhutto age is 29 years. I didn’t want the fear, the worries. You had your whole life and look at the terror under which we have lived.” So he said, “I set you free. But of the younger students, the people who were in their first year, second year, third year of university when I was prime minister, those are the women who think that to be successful means to be prime minister of the country. Benazir Bhutto’s father was the politician Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was the leader of Pakistan from 1971 until 1977, when he was overthrown by the military. WHEN Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was deposed as Pakistan's prime minister in 1977, his 24-year-old daughter, Benazir, looked on the bright side. But people in the urban middle classes were very unhappy, and I realize now that I should have been out more meeting people who worked with us, or meeting people who were the representatives of organized groups. That would be nice. They want to milk the Bhutto name, both Benazir Bhutto and her father, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Now, after having been in politics for more than two decades, I have come to the strong conclusion that the difference between somebody who succeeds and somebody who fails is the ability to absorb a setback. The love was so much that it was enriching. Although she was greeted by enthusiastic crowds, within hours of her arrival, her motorcade was attacked by a suicide bomber. Her father was the politician Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and her mother was Begum Nusrat Ispahani, of Iranian Kurdish parentage. Close by sat Mazhar Ali Khan, father of famous Pakistani writer Tariq Ali, plus a host of other VIPs and friends. Nobody could do it, but he sliced it. The same photo had a unique feature that not too many social media users noticed at first. She was a captain in the National Guards. Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), a centre-left political party in Pakistan. I think in retrospect it was wrong because I did not co-opt them and I alienated some of my own supporters. Bhutto herself was also arrested many times over the following years, and was detained for three years before being permitted to leave the country in 1984. When my parents would leave the house they’d tell me, “Take care of the other kids.” I’d be only three and my youngest sister would be one but I still remember, “Take care of the kids.”. You’ve had to deal with family tragedy, you’ve been in and out of prison, in and out of detention. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir’s father and President of the Republic of Pakistan, was deposed in 1977 after the military coup by General Muhammad Zia ul-Haq. I’m very much against war and conflict and the taking of life, and I think that seeing that little bird — green and beautiful and living and chirping in the tree, and then falling down dead — did have a profound effect. So I learned not to be too curious after that. I remember people walking barefoot and bare-backed because of the poverty. In the autumn of 2007, in the face of death threats from radical Islamists, and the hostility of the government, Benazir Bhutto and her husband returned to their native country. Paid Attribute: Benazir Bhutto was paid the attribute on the tomb which was built in the native area Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, it is the southern province of Sindh.She was buried with her father’s grave which was the leading and famous politician. Then it was more an age where we as individuals subordinate ourselves to the larger communal good. Benazir Bhutto was compelled to join politics when her prime minister father, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, was ousted in a military coup, jailed and executed. I would certainly work towards it if life and fate and my people gave me that opportunity. The Bhutto's were aristocratic, wealthy landlords from Sindh, part of the waderos or landed gentry. Her husband Asif Ali Zardari and three children two daughters Aseefa and Bakhtawar, son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, her sister Sanam attended the burial. Benazir wore a smart, designer jacket, her head was covered in a white dupatta and her adoring, million-strong supporters were a riot of colour. Mir Murtaza died when his bodyguard became involved in a gunfight with police in Karachi. We’ve enjoyed talking to you. Among them was another Oxford chum who spontaneously yanked me into the lorry soon after her plane landed. Benazir Bhutto’s father, former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was removed from office following a military coup in 1977 led by the then chief of army General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, who imposed martial law but promised to hold elections within three months. In the span of 15 years, however, Murtaza managed to gain considerable notoriety for a brand of politics that has moved in a direction that was diametrically opposed to Benazir's. And the first time — you know, you’re spoiled as prime minister, you have your own planes to go and everything like that, you don’t catch passenger planes or go through immigration — you know, security checks. Weeks before a national election in which Benazir Bhutto and her party were expected to prevail, she was assassinated by a suicide bomber. It sounds silly to say that I should feel so strongly about a bird, but I remember my father telling me when he was facing the death sentence that “I remember the little girl who cried so much because a bird died, how she must feel.” So for me, human life is very, very sacred. A member of the PPP, Yousaf Raza Gillani, was chosen to serve as Prime Minister. It was very inspirational and motivational that one could conquer the moon and the stars if one reached out. Benazir Bhutto: It was mostly historical biographies that I would read. The second thing is on a more personal level. Pakistan's first woman prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, was a trailblazer who faced many trials and tribulations in her political career. I have buried a father martyred at the age 50 and two brothers killed in the prime age of their lives. The loss of the country’s most popular democratic leader plunged Pakistan into turmoil, intensifying the dangerous instability of a nuclear-armed nation in a highly volatile region. Benazir Bhutto: A very important influence. At age 35, Benazir Bhutto was one of the youngest chiefs of state in the world. Again very ambiguous, because I don’t want them to go through what I went through. I read mostly about people who were achievers. I learned in two decades that you can shape the direction of your society by being in power or even being outside power. I mean, the ordinary things, in the heat of the summer where you can open the fridge and take — nothing. She should be assassinated! Benazir Bhutto: I was the eldest, and I had a great sense of responsibility. Benazir Bhutto: I’d tell them, “If you believe in something, go for it, but know that when you go for it there’s a price to be paid. When her brother Shahnawaz died in 1985, she traveled to Pakistan for his burial, and was again arrested for participating in anti-government rallies. In Oman now they have started having women parliamentarians, and I think they may be permitting them in local elections in Kuwait and some of the other Middle Eastern countries. So I also tried to be very aggressive and warmongering in my second term to try and co-opt my opposition. So I was very much into saving the world. Sometimes I think, “Why would someone go on doing it?” When I get so much love at the mass level, I feel that I must go on. But I realized you wake up later, and your critics are still around and you still have to factor them in. of her father, Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was toppled in a coup. What do you see ahead for yourself? Her death was a devastating loss to her country, but the cause of democracy she championed is carried on by her family and followers. Her father, Prime Minister Ali Bhutto, was imprisoned and eventually executed. You know, Massachusetts was the only state that voted for McGovern, so it showed how idealistic we were compared to the rest of the world. Mrs. Bandaranaike in Sri Lanka had been the first woman prime minister. He’s from the Punjab and if he makes an agreement it will be more acceptable.” Now I realize that maybe he was unable to do it because he came from a more militaristic background than I did. The post has now received over 26,800 likes and hundreds of comments. | India Development Debate, CM Mamata Banerjee vows to contest from Suvendu Adhikari's constituency I The Newshour Agenda, Protesting farmers prep for a mega tractor rally, but SC reiterates? And also my nuns. She was elected co-chairwoman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), along with her mother, and when free elections were finally held in 1988, she herself became Prime Minister. First I did it for democracy, because that was my father’s agenda and it was also mine as a youth. She was Pakistan’s first and to date only female Prime Minister. Baloch rights council urges UN to ensure probe into activist's death Are there other women leaders in Pakistan today who could be your successor? The base of women who can win elections to parliament is too small, but former Primer Minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife has also started politicking, which is really a vindication for us, because they used to be very much against women coming out into the political field. BSF detects underground tunnel in J&K's Kathua; Is Pakistan trying to infiltrate India. She settled in London, and along with her two brothers, she founded an underground organization to resist the military dictatorship. There were hard liners, they rejected compromise. The need to change, to bring about change. His daughter — and Schofield — fought for his life. I have buried a father martyred at the age 50 and two brothers killed in the prime age of their lives. I remember the iodized salt; the clerics said, “You shouldn’t eat iodized salt because it has really got population control in it, and you won’t be able to have any children.” So we did take on an agenda that frightened the people who believed in the status quo, and who actually believed in a tribal patriarchal society, because to a great extent there is still an undercurrent of a patriarchal society in Pakistan. How do you succeed? I had faith in myself, but at that stage I didn’t want to, because I had seen the assassination attempts on my father. When there were these demands, I did make an information act, but didn’t follow it through, so I wish I had given more freedom of information. She should be killed! And there was a lot of hue and cry against the population program, but we did it by recruiting 50,000 women from different villages, and training them in three-month installments. Benazir Bhutto became prime minister of Pakistan in 1988. I remember him coming back and saying that a man came and said, “I don’t have any money to pay you for this case.” Some other case he’d been involved in. Maybe I’m a needy person, maybe I need love. With Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Asif Ali Zardari. Through NGOs and community service there’s a great deal that can be done. She made hunger and health care her top priorities, brought electricity to the countryside, and built schools all over the country. But my own agenda was very much poverty alleviation and population planning, for instance. 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