Benazir Bhutto - The Daughter of Tragedy: Pakistan observes death anniversary
Today, December 27, in 2007, Benazir Bhutto, 54, mother of three children, was brutally killed as a gunman fired upon her at close range - minutes after she finished addressing an election rally. The suicide bomber also blew himself up.
Amir Mir, a Pakistani journalist, has written a book “Bhutto Murder Trial: From Waziristan to GHQ”. He argues that whether or not General Musharraf had ordered the killing of PPP leader, he knew that serious plans were afoot to kill her, and he didn’t provide adequate security. He feels that poor President Zardari had nothing to do with the assassination. He, as President, helplessly failed even to facilitate a proper investigation.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
described her as “One of the outstanding leaders of our subcontinent, who always looked for reconciliation between India
and Pakistan.” She was twice the Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988 – 1990 & 1993 – 1996). She tried to implement the social capitalist policies for industrial development and growth.
Born in Karachi to a Vadera prominent rich Sindhi Bhutto family, she had all the aristocratic credentials. However, like her father Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, she had always maintained a correct wavelength with the poor masses of Pakistan. At the age of 16, she left her homeland to study at Harvard’s Redcliffe College and moved to Oxford for graduation.
She is always remembered in India with kind words. All over the world
she is respected as a woman who was unknown to fear. She was given several epithets: “The daughter of the East”, “Daughter of Democracy”, “Daughter of History”, “Daughter of Tragedy” and “Flag-bearer of Democracy.” She was a tribune who had challenged the might of fanatical Mullahs and the conceit of Pakistan Army. She was the lone woman who fought an unequal battle against the tyrannical dictator Gen Zia.
At 35, she was the youngest Prime Minister. Her audacity against the ideology and fanaticism of Gen Zia would always inspire the future revolutionaries. President Ghulam Ishaque Khan dismissed her in 1990 but was elected again in 1993. She faced a powerful and constant opposition from Islamic fundamentalists and was dismissed again by the then President Leghari in 1996. Allegations as usual – mismanagement. She has her flip side also, but today is not the day to talk about it.