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Benazir Bhutto assassinated: A profile
Two men with AK-47 rifles shot Benazir Bhutto in the neck and head and later a suicide bomber blew himself near her, injuring the PPP leader fatally. Benazir Bhutto was assassinated today in a terror attack at Rawalpindi.

FIRST WOMAN to be elected as the head of a Muslim state in post colonial state, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated today evening in a terror attack at Rawalpindi.

Two men with AK-47 rifles shot her in the neck and head and later a suicide bomber blew himself near her, injuring the PPP leader fatally.

Ironically, its the same city where the political assassination of his father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was planned and executed.

Carrying the legacy of her father on her proud shoulders, Bhutto was elected as the Prime Minister of the country in 1988. Like her father she was deposed from the office after 20-months, when President Ghulam Ishaq Khan ordered his removal.

In 1993, she was elected to be Pak premier but again removed from the office by President Leghari. Bhutto left Pakistan in 1998 after she and her husband were implicated in corruption charges.

It was only on October 18, 2007, that the Bhutto ended her self-imposed exile and returned to Pakistan, in what critics said was under a deal with President Musharraf.

However, the day she entered Pakistan, she was welcomed with a massive suicide attack which set the tone for her stay in the country. She was always under the threat of assassination from fundamentalist organizations and terror groups.

Bhutto came from a feudal clan of Larkana in Sindh, his paternal grandfather Shah Nawaz Bhutto had migrated to Pakistan before partition.

Born in Karachi, Bhutto, who was killed in a suicide attack today, had her initial schooling at Lady Jennings Nursery School and then the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Karachi.

After her early education, she attended Radcliffe college in USA and thereafter she obtained a degree from the famed Harvard University.

Bhutto also attended Oxford where she studied Economics, Poliitcs, Philosophy, becoming the first Asian woman to head the debating society.

She married Asif Ali Zardari in 1987, the man later gained popularity in Pakistan as Mr Ten Percent. Her three children Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Aseefa were clearly the favourites of the large Bhutto clan.

Bhutto’s father, former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto also suffered political assassination, when he was accused of orchestrating the murder of a dissident politician.

He was hanged by the than military ruler Zia ul Haq on April 4, 1979 in the Rawalpindi garrison. In what could be termed as providence, Benazir was today assassinated in the same city where his father was once incarcerated and hanged.

In 1980, Benazir’s brother Shahnawaz was killed under mysterious circumstances, in France. His another brother the rebellious Murtaza was killed in 1996 and the killing was ascribed to her.

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