Love her or hate her, the late Benazir Bhutto was a remarkable woman.
She attended the most prestigious universities in the world: Harvard and Oxford. She graduated from Harvard at the age of 20, then completed a course at Oxford at age 24.
In 1976 she was elected president of the Oxford Union, becoming the first ever Asian woman to head the prestigious debating society.
In 1986, at the age of 33, when she returned from one of her self-imposed exiles, 3 million people received her at Lahore airport. She wrote in her memoirs: “The 8-mile drive from the airport to the Minar-i-Pakistan in Iqbal Park usually takes 15 minutes. On the unbelievable day of April 10, 1986, it took us 10 hours.” Not even the world’s top politicians / Hollywood celebrities / sporting heroes / rock stars can command a welcoming party of 3 million!!!
She was 35 when she first became Prime Minister of Pakistan in December 1988. That’s absolutely amazing – she’s the youngest ever person — and the first woman — to head the government of a Muslim-majority country in modern times.
That same year, she’s probably the first ever head of government to make People Magazine’s list of The Fifty Most Beautiful People.
Her family indeed had many enemies, she’s the 4th member of her family to die of “unnatural causes”, after her father and 2 brothers.
Probably the last clear photo of her, as she adjusts her scarf [pic source]
Probably the last photo of her, as she waved to her supporters [pic source - apparently taken by John Moore, Getty Images photographer]
A few seconds later she was shot, around 5pm (local time), then the explosion. It was 2 days after Christmas. She was pronounced dead a little after an hour later.
A journalist at the scene was reported to have said the shooter’s (and suicide bomber, if indeed they were the same person) head was found 70 feet from where he detonated himself.
Video of her leaving her last rally and going into the bulletproof and bombproof white Toyota:
Rest in Peace.
Source: various Internet sites.