Benazir Bhutto in numbers

On what would have been her 65th birthday, we decided to honour her life in numbers

KARACHI: Born on June 21, 1953, to Pakistan’s former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and his wife Nusrat Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto went on to become the first female democratic leader of a Muslim nation. She acquired education from Harvard University before studying philosophy, political science and economics at the University of Oxford. Benazir served two terms as prime minister, and was campaigning for a third term in 2007 when she was assassinated.

Her eldest, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is standing for elections in the upcoming 2018 polls.

On what would have been her 65th birthday, we decided to honour Benazir Bhutto’s life in numbers.


is the year she left Pakistan under self-imposed exile only to return two years later


is the year she married Asif Ali Zardari who went on to serve as Pakistan’s 11th president in 2008


is the year she became Pakistan’s first female prime minister


is the number of terms she served as prime minister


is the year that Pakistan’s former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan dismissed her government on charges of corruption and malfeasance


is the age at which she became Pakistan’s prime minster the second time


is the year her government was cut short again but this time by former president Farooq Leghari


is the number of children she bore, namely Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari and Aseefa Bhutto Zardari


is the number of years she spent in self-imposed exile after her government was dismissed and her husband jailed over corruption charges


is the year she returned to Pakistan but was assassinated while campaigning for parliamentary elections


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