13th Martyrdom Anniversary

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When it comes to the discussions on prominent political families in the world, the Bhutto dynasty of Pakistan is always remembered with the sudden martyrdom of Benazir Bhutto. She was born into the Bhutto family on June 21, 1953 and was twice elected Prime Minister of the country as the youngest Prime Minister in history and the first woman Prime Minister of the Islamic world in 1988. But, her rule ended 20 months later.  In 1993, the people put her in power for the second time. On 27 December, Benazir Bhutto was returning from an election rally in Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi, when Bilal (accused killer) approached her car, shot her first and then blew himself up. Bilal carried out the attack on the orders of the Pakistani Taliban, according to some private news resources. Asif Ali Zardari called on the UN Commission of Inquiry in Pakistan to investigate the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, but , till yet he failed to find his wife’s killers despite having full power during his presidential rule in previous years. Benazir Bhutto, the well recognized daughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (the great political leader who made Pakistan a nuclear power) who was honored to be the first woman Prime Minister of the Islamic world. She was a big name in politics of Pakistan, and because of her exemplary character she is still alive in millions of hearts. The tragedy of Benazir Bhutto’s departure from this world was not a single country, nation, religion or a single political party but a global loss and there is no doubt that the martyrdom of Benazir Bhutto created a global vacuum. During her tenure, Benazir Bhutto formulated important policies and measures for the welfare of women, especially their health.  Benazir Bhutto had planned to set up a women’s police station, courts and a development bank, but she was twice removed from power and did not fully implement her plans.