Benazir Bhutto

Freedom and justice for all Pakistani's

Background

  • Benazir Bhutto was born in Karachi, Pakistan, on June 21, 1953
  • She was the oldest of four children to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Nusrat Bhutto.

  • Her parents were often away during her childhood, on her fathers different jobs within the Pakistani Government.

  • Although her family followed Muslim religion, Benazir was educated at Catholic schools and was also tutored at home in Muslim faith, Arabic and non-religious subjects

  • At the age of sixteen she went to the United States, where she studied a degree in government at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • While at Cambridge, her father became Prime Minister of Pakistan.

  • Between 1973 and 1977 she attended Oxford University in England and in December 1976 she was elected president of Oxford Union.

  • In 1977 her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was arrested and General Zia ul-Haq over took over his government who declared martial law (the exercise of control by military officials over an area). Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hung after been found guilty of plotting to kill another political opponent, however the verdict was questioned by many.

Beliefs

Benazir Bhutto believed in a mordernised Pakistan and a democratic society. She sought to improve human rights for everyone and the position of women in pakistan. She worked hard to improve living coditions (especially in rural areas), education and health care. She was very passionate about doing something for the people and trying to give them a free country so that they could live peacefully.

Methods

Benazir Bhutto believed that "the best way to solve something is by politics." Because her father was a popular politician, many people respected her. After her fathers death, Benazir earned a reputation of her own by opposing against General Zia's regime, which earned her five years in jail. People looked up to her because of her fearlesness To get her opinion out into the public, she would hold big rallies in which she would speak at and campaign her ideas. Although many people supported Benazir, many people disagreed with her. Arriving in Pakistan in 2007 after 8 years of living in exile in Dubai, she was greeted by thousands. However a suicide bomber attacked, killing around 130 people although Benazir herself was unharmed. After her first term as Prime minster she was voted out because many of her promises she had made had not been kept. It was said that she was good at drawing people to the idea of her power rather than keeping them inspired by her use of it.

My Judgement

I think that Benazir Bhutto was a very powerful woman who wanted the best for Pakistan. She fought very hard for what she believed in and was good at getting people to follow her. However I think that she was left to clean up the country's crumbling economy and lifestyle and so, was under alot of pressure from ther opposing political parties. Most of her first term as prime minister was spent defending her party and campaigns.