Benazir Bhutto, The women of Unbreakable Strength

by Farzeen Amin

All of us get birth as normal little babies with only difference of set of genes but the roles we pick in our lives have nothing to genetics. No one is born as leader and no one is born as a terrorist. The family and our upbringing plays a crucial role in determining what and how we will get to be in coming ages. The leaders always had a back story, a story that of inspiration, motivation, strength and emotion. There is always a motivational force that sets one person up high to lead from the front. Such is a story of unbreakable strength of Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto.

Benazir Bhutto was born in Karachi on 21st June 1953 being born in a political and wealthy family. Her father Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was very famous politician in Pakistan. She later had 3 siblings named as Murtaza, Sanam and Shah Nawaz. Her mother Nusrat Bhutto was an elegant Iranian women. Her father was known for his charismatic personality, bold speeches and his approach towards the people of Pakistan. He was the Founder of Pakistan People’s Party which raised with the slogan of “Roti,kapra or makan” (bread, cloth,house).

Benazir had taken her early education from Lady Jennings Nursery School in her birth city Karachi she was later sent to Convent of Jesus and Mary to complete her schooling. Benazir went to Harvard University, Radcliffe College for the completion of her higher studies. She had the privileged of attending and hosting the diplomats and their families as her father was the foreign minister of Pakistan. she had always idealized as her father which made her curious towards politics but only after the arrest of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto that she finally stepped into the political arena.

The Arrest of her father in 1977 for murder Muhammad Ahmed Khan Kasuri under the martial law of Zia ul Haq had put her to the forefront where she fought for the freedom of his father from a just case. In his final meeting Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had asked Benazir and her mother to leave the country but he refused to leave her father behind. Zulfiqar was executed leading to imprisonment of mother and daughter. She spent those 6 months in severe conditions rather they were house arrested for another 6 months at home but nothing could break the spirit of this young girl and she decided to join politics to continue her father’s mission.

In 1988 she became the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan. She was the first Muslim women to reach the government office in the complete Muslim world. She won the hearts of millions of people with her father like speeches and approach. Despite of language barrier she managed to engage people with her democratic Ideology.  From 1990-1993 she severed as an opposition leader in the reign of Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan. In 1993 Benazir Bhutto managed to receive the majority vote and became the premier for one more time.

Benazir Bhutto had to face severe criticism from within and outside of her family and political party but she never doubted her abilities and kept on moving forward her mission. The government of Benazir was criticized for shifting from socialism to democracy and the corruption reports by her husband. In 1996 her government was over ruled by the President of Pakistan.

Throughout her career Benazir laid great stress on civilian government, women rights and policy of cooperation with neighboring and foreign states. Benazir was exiled from the state and she came back to Pakistan 2006 for election campaign. She was repeatedly targeted by terrorist attacks which she managed to escape in Karachi but she was later hit with a bullet followed with a blast on 27th December, 2007 during her rally in Rawalpindi.

Benazir Bhutto had faced several hardships during her political career, the most controversial was the murder of Murtaza Bhutto , her brother in 1996. The tragic death of Benazir Bhutto had left the nation in shock and dismay. Her loud speeches and charisma in the parliament holds her high in the memories of the people. Benazir Bhutto had the courage to face the dirtiest and toughest jail arrests, exiles and criticism from her own family. All the hardships made her stronger and she will always be remembered as the women of conviction, bravery and unbreakable strength.

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