Benazir Bhutto’s birthday being celebrated

KARACHI: The 65th birthday of the first woman Prime Minister of Islamic world and leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Benazir Bhutto is being celebrated Wednesday.

She was born on June 21, 1953 in Karachi and completed her higher education from Karachi, Oxford, and Harvard universities.

When her father Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged on April 4, 1979, 25-year-old Benazir was made Co-chairman of the party. She was kept under house arrest for many years and then was exiled.

In 1986, Benazir returned back to the country as martial law was lifted and political government was reinstated.

She got married to Asif Ali Zardari on December 18, 1987.

Her party won majority of seats in November 1988 elections and she became the prime minister on December 2, 1988.

Benazir was the first woman prime minister of Pakistan and also of the Muslim world. Her government lasted for 20 months.

She became the prime minister for the second time in 1993 but her government was sacked over allegation of corruption in November 1996.

In 2002, her party contested 2002 general elections under the name of Peoples Party Parliamentarians and secured most vote across the country but decided to sit on opposition benches.

On 18 October 2007, Benazir returned to the country and her convoy was attacked.

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007 after addressing public meeting ahead of polls.