On this day: 61 years ago, Benazir Bhutto was born

National Assembly offers prayers for Pakistan's first and only female prime minister.

APP/web Desk June 21, 2014
Late Benazir Bhutto. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: Pakistan People Party's (PPP) former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's 61st birthday was observed on Saturday. Special events are being organised throughout the country on this special occasion.

The National Assembly offered Fateha for former premier. State Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah lead the prayer.

Speaking on a point of order, Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah paid tribute to Benazir and urged the speaker to pray for her as she had offered unmatched sacrifices in the ongoing war against extremism and terrorism.

PPP Karachi chief Qadir Patel announced the party's plan to establish 10 blood camps on June 21 to June 22 in different districts of Karachi. “The blood collection will be a tribute to our slain leader,” he stated, while addressing a press conference at the PPP media cell on Saturday.

PPP Chairperson, and Benazir's son, Bilawal Bhutto has also appealed to party workers to donate generously in order to show solidarity with the soldiers participating in Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

According to the Information Department of the Sindh government, the donation will be sent directly to the Pakistan Army.

1953 - 2007

On June 21, 1953, Benazir Bhutto was born at Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's home in Karachi.

After completing her education from the United Kingdom and the United States, she returned to Pakistan in 1986.

Benazir married former president Asif Ali Zardari and had three children: Bakhtawar, Aseefa and Bilawal.

On December 2, 1988, she became the country's first and only female prime minister. She was a democratic socialist who served as the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan in two non-consecutive terms.

The first attempt on Benazir's life was made after she returned to the country on October 18, 2007. She survived the first attack but exactly two months and nine days after the first incident, was assassinated in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007.


Slideshow: A glimpse into Benazir Bhutto's life.


Gauttum | 8 years ago | Reply

Well I have heard that her mother from Benazir was Iranian Kurdish and that she has an Iranian Kurdish upbringing unnoticed and luxereous that has not been seen in the hardworking life of Punjabi and Sindhi muslim women. Well it is not Iran mentality that can be spoken into the Punjab, Sindhi muslim society. Her son perhaps have been raised in an Iranian perspective without supporting her Punjabi men. Now her husband tonque has been cut of because because she was empowering him and she was to outspoken always, she thinks she can say everything just like in chique Iran, where women could say everything and still now as long as it is leader orientated.

Punjab and Sindh is nice but hardworking, men and women have to work while she comes from a place where only 30 million people live. All those muslim Punjabi & Sindhi people have other rules from different neighbouring countries. I only like Imran Khan because he is white and Pathan and he comes from Afghanistan but it looks more like Pathan politics on the Punjab and Sindh area and that does not work on people from Sindh and Punjab. Well should you not pay tribute to a beautfull muslim Begum from the Punjab and Sindh who is fair and lovely instead of an Iranian Bhutto. Where's my foto camera for the fair and lovely Begum.

So What | 8 years ago | Reply

@Pervez Rafique: Martyr of democracy! Lets talk about actions pls and what these Bhuttos have given to the country other then dividing it!

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