Benazir Bhutto

February 12, 2011 by staff 

Benazir Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto (June 21, 1953 to December 27, 2007) was a Pakistani politician who chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), a center-left party politics in Pakistan. Bhutto was the first woman to lead a Muslim state, having twice been Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988-1990, 1993-1996). It was the first in Pakistan and so far only female prime minister. She was the eldest daughter of former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Nusrat Bhutto, and was the wife of the current Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

Bhutto was sworn in as premier for the first time in 1988 at age 35, but was dismissed 20 months later under orders of then President Ghulam Ishaq Khan on grounds of alleged corruption. In 1993 she was re-elected but was again removed in 1996 for similar facts, this time by President Farooq Leghari. She went into self-imposed exile in Dubai in 1998.

Bhutto returned to Pakistan October 18, 2007, after reaching an agreement with President Pervez Musharraf by which she was granted amnesty and all corruption charges were withdrawn. She was killed December 27, 2007, after the departure of a PPP rally in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi, two weeks before the scheduled general elections in Pakistan in 2008 where she was an opposition candidate. The following year she was named one of seven winners of the United Nations in the field of human rights.

Pakistan Television said anti-t*rror*sm court judge Rana Nisar Ahmad issued the warrant and ordered Musharraf to appear before the court on February 19.

Musharraf spokesman Saif Ali Khan said the former president would not comply with the request.

Ms. Bhutto was killed on December 27, 2007, in a suicide bomb and gun suicide as she was traveling in a car while campaigning in Rawalpindi for the next election.

A Pakistani court has issued an arrest warrant based in London, former President Pervez Musharraf on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
His death, which came a few weeks later she was returned to her homeland after eight years of voluntary exile, sparked international outrage.

Many supporters of Ms. Bhutto has accused former army chief Musharraf – who was president at the time – not doing enough to protect him.

He left Pakistan for London over two years ago.

Last April, a UN report said that Pakistan has deliberately failed to investigate the assassination of Ms. Bhutto correctly, and blocked a UN investigation.

“Even though she died when a suicide bomber 15-and-a-half-year-old his explosives detonated near her vehicle, nobody believes that this boy acted alone,” the report said.

“The commission has been mystified by the efforts of some senior officials of the Pakistani government to deny access to military and intelligence sources.”

The report said Musharraf was aware of the changing threat and many cons Ms. Bhutto.

But his government “does little more than passing on the threats to her and to provincial authorities,” he said.

Ms. Bhutto’s husband Asif Ali Zardari is the current president of Pakistan.

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