The Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto’s Death is an occasion that takes place on December 27 every year. The day aims to honor the Pakistani politician who was assassinated in a terrorist attack on December 27, 2007. However, it is not only the Pakistanis who mourn the loss of Benazir. Her death affected the entire world since she was the first-ever female leader of a Muslim nation. Her life was spent fighting for democracy and women’s rights. Are you a fan of the former Pakistani Prime Minister? Well, now is the perfect time to honor her accomplishments.
History of Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto's Death
Benazir Bhutto was the former Prime Minister of Pakistan and was the chair of the political party called the Pakistan Peoples Party. She was born with a political background since her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto also served as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. He was, however, removed from power in a military coup and later hanged for a crime he didn’t commit. After his death, Bhutto was sent into exile and she did not return to Pakistan until 1986. When she returned, she found that the nation had not forgotten her. At the airport, she was greeted by such large crowds that it took her motorcade nine-and-a-half hours to travel the eight miles from the airport to a rally site in Lahore.
Bhutto then served two terms as the Prime Minister of Pakistan until she was exiled in the late 1990s by military dictator Pervez Musharraf. After the dictatorship ended, Bhutto returned to Pakistan and joined an Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy in 2006. Amidst negotiations between the military regime and other politicians, Bhutto continued to hold rallies for her supporters across Pakistan.
On October 19, 2007, one of these rallies was disrupted by a suicide bomber who ended up killing 139 of her supporters. Bhutto survived the attack. However, her luck was short-lived as she was again attacked at a rally on December 27, 2007. Bhutto was standing through her vehicle’s sunroof to wave at supporters when three shots were heard. The attack was followed by a blast. Bhutto died on the way to the hospital.
Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto's Death timeline
Benazir Bhutto is born into a political family.
Bhutto is sent into exile during martial law.
She is elected as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Bhutto wins the elections for the second time.
Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto's Death FAQs
In which year did Benazir Bhutto die?
The former Prime Minister of Pakistan died on December 27, 2007.
Who was Bhutto's husband?
Bhutto’s husband was Asif Ali Zardari. He was also the President of Pakistan.
When did Bhutto get married?
Bhutto got married to Asif Ali Zardari on December 18, 1987.
How to Observe the Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto’s Death
Read up on her
Want to find out why Bhutto was recognized around the world? Read up on her to find out the steps she took for women’s empowerment.
View her speeches
Bhutto has given many speeches at conferences held by the United Nations. Stream those speeches and witness her in all her glory.
Pay tribute to her on social media
Are you a fan of this impressive leader? Pay tribute to her on social media by posting about some of the efforts she made for a cause that is close to your heart.
5 Interesting Facts About Benazir Bhutto
The assassination of Bhutto
She was assassinated in Rawalpindi, the city in which her father was hanged in 1979.
The meaning behind her name
It means "one without equal."
A Beloved Prime Minister
Bhutto became the Prime Minister twice.
Her family nicknamed her ‘Pinkie’.
Life at Oxford University
She was the first Asian woman to be elected president of the Oxford Union.
Why the Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto’s Death is Important
She is a symbol of democracy
Bhutto is a symbol of democracy in Pakistan and she spent her youth fighting against military leadership. This day highlights the fact that she was martyred for the cause.
She is a feminist icon
She was a well-known political figure. Women across the globe saw her as an inspiration — she demonstrated that a woman, too, had the power to run a country.
It reveals the history of Pakistan
The day reveals the political history of Pakistan. Bhutto was ousted by a military dictator and then assassinated when she returned to the country to proclaim the importance of democracy.
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