Benazir Bhutto

In 1977 Benazir Bhutto became the first Asian woman to be elected President of the Oxford Union. She went on to serve two terms as Prime Minister of Pakistan, 1988 - 1990 and 1993 – 1996. She lived in exile from 1999 and returned to Pakistan in October 2007, two months before her assassination.

 

Benazir Bhutto was born in 1953 in Karachi, Pakistan. The Bhutto family were wealthy landowners and had been politically active since the time of colonial rule. Her father, Zulfikhar Ali Bhutto, was the founder of the PPP (Pakistan People’s Party) had held the posts of both President and Prime Minister of Pakistan before he was sentenced to death in 1979. Benazir arrived at Lady Margaret Hall in the autumn of 1973 to study PPE, (Politics, Philosophy and Economics), whilst her father was Prime Minister of Pakistan. In 1977 Benazir Bhutto became the first Asian woman to be elected President of the Oxford Union. She went on to serve two terms as Prime Minister of Pakistan, 1988 - 1990 and 1993 – 1996. She lived in exile from 1999 and returned to Pakistan in October 2007, two months before her assassination.

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