Benazir Bhutto: Women to Know

On December 2, 1988 Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, the first democratically-elected female leader of a Muslim country.

The daughter of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) founder and Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Bhutto took over as chairperson of the PPP in 1982. After her two terms as Prime Minister ended early amid charges of corruption, Bhutto spent eight years in exile in London.  In 2008 she returned to Pakistan with plans to participate in the 2008 general election.

After a campaign rally in Rawalpindi, a gunman fired at her car before detonating a bomb which killed himself and more than 20 bystanders. Bhutto was rushed to the hospital, but died shortly after. The loss of the country’s most popular democratic leader brought on rioting throughout the country. 

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