Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007) At A Glance

Birth: Born, as eldest child of Zulfikhar Ali Bhutto and Begum Nusrat Isphahani, on June 21, 1953,

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Birth: Born, as eldest child of Zulfikhar Ali Bhutto and Begum Nusrat Isphahani, on June 21, 1953, at Karachi Attended Lady Jennings Nursery School and then Convent of Jesus and Mary in Karachi, then Rawalpindi Presentation Convent, and later Jesus and Mary Convent at Murree Passed O-level examination at the age of 15 Got admission at Harvard University’s Radcliffe College, USA in April 1969 Graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Political Science in June 1973 Joined Oxford University in the fall of 1973 Elected to the Standing Committee of Oxford Union Debating Society Graduated in P.P.E. (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) in 1976 Did a one-year postgraduate course from Oxford University in the autumn of 1976 Elected President of the Oxford Union in January 1977 Returned to Pakistan in June 1977 Assisted her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as political advisor Political Activist with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), 1977-84; put under arrest on many occasions. Went into exile to London in 1984 to return in 1986. Married to Asif Ali Zardari on December 18, 1987 (Children: Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Asifa) Became prime minister of Pakistan in 1988 following the death of Gen Ziaul Haq Dismissed from office in August 1990 on corruption charges by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan. Became prime minister for the second time in 1993 to be sacked once again for alleged corruption in November 1996, this time by President Farooq Leghari. Went into self-imposed exile in 1999 following conviction on corruption charges. Returned home on October 18, 2007 to contest elections after dropping of corruption charges, survived assassination attempt within few hours of arrival. Assassinated on December 27, 2007 soon after addressing an election rally in Rawalpindi.