Wednesday, January 23

Benazir Bhutto

Last fall, I began hearing the name Benazir Bhutto in the news. I knew nothing about her but the few times I saw her on television, I was struck by this woman's passion for seeing democracy established in her beloved country, Pakistan. I was also captivated by her intelligence, beauty and fearlessness as she refused to be silenced by her detractors.

However, it was her death on December 27, 2007, when I started reading more about her life. Her father was Pakistan's first democratic prime minister who was popular among the people. When Bhutto was 25, he was hanged after being charged and convicted of conspiring to murder an opponent. Bhutto's desire to carry on her father's mission of democracy propelled her to devote her life to restoring democracy to this troubled country.

Bhutto was elected and served two times as Prime Minister but was overthrown both times on charges of corruption. Bhutto went into self-imposed exile in Dubai in 1998.

Bhutto returned to Pakistan on October 18, 2007, after reaching an understanding with President Pervez Musharraf by which she was granted amnesty and all corruption charges were withdrawn. She declared her intent to run for Prime Minister again and she quickly became a contender due to her determination and populist support that was a huge threat to terrorists and others . With her life in constant danger, she was assassinated just three weeks before the elections.

So what does Benazir Bhutto have to do with this blog, Politics for Moms? Check back tomorrow...

1 comments:

On Fire For Jesus said...

I would love to hear more about her!

This is good, Nat!!

 

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