Today is the birthday anniversary of late Benazir Bhutto, who was born on June 21, 1953, in Karachi. She was the first Muslim woman leader to become prime minister, and not only once but twice — 1988–90 and 1993–96.
The daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Arts from Harvard University in 1973 and studied political science and philosophy at the University of Oxford in 1977.
She was assassinated on December 27, 2007 in Rawalpindi, the same city in which her father was hanged.
Here are five most interesting facts about her life:
1. Family of Benazir Bhutto had nicknamed her ‘Pinkie.’ She was known among her friends circle as the same name.
2. In 1970s, she became the first Asian woman to be elected president of the Oxford Union, an elite debating society.
3. In 1986, when Benazir Bhutto came back from Britain, such a large crowd welcomed her that it took her nine and a half hours to reach the rally site in Lahore at the distance of eight miles from the airport.
4. Bhutto espoused wealthy landlord Asif Ali Zardari on December 18, 1987. She did not know her would-be husband until five days before the engagement. The marriage was arranged by her mother, Nusrat Bhutto.
5. Benazir Bhutto once mentioned, “As a Muslim woman, I have a great respect for (esteemed) Khadija, wife of the Prophet (SAWW), because she was a working woman.”