Benazir Bhutto

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan

Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007) was the chair of the center-left Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the prime minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and from 1993 to 1996. The eldest daughter of prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto she, along with other members of her family, was imprisoned by General Zia ul Haq soon after he removed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in a military coup in 1977. After spending almost six years under house arrest and imprisonment Benazir was allowed to leave for the United Kingdom in 1984 from where conducted and oversaw the activities of the PPP. She returned from exile to Pakistan in 1986 and won the elections after Zia ul Haq’s death in 1988 to become Pakistan’s first female prime minister. Both her stints in power were cut short as she was dismissed on charges of corruption. Following her second term in office (1993-96) she went into exile but returned to Pakistan in 2007 as part of a deal with General Pervez Musharraf. She was assassinated in December 2007 after leaving a PPP rally in Rawalpindi two weeks before the scheduled general election of 2008 in which she was a leading opposition candidate.