“You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man but not an idea.”
Benazir Bhutto (1953 – 2007) was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan, serving two non-consecutive terms in 1988–90 and then 1993–96. She was the first woman in Pakistan to head a major political party.
Noted for her charismatic authority and political astuteness, Benazir drove initiatives for Pakistan’s economy and national security, and implemented social-capitalist policies for industrial development and growth.
Benazir pursued her higher education in the United States at Harvard University, where she obtained a BA with cum laude honours. She later called her time at Harvard “four of the happiest years of my life” and said it formed “the very basis of her belief in democracy”.
On 27 December 2007, Benazir Bhutto was killed while leaving a campaign rally for the PPP in the run-up to the January 2008 parliamentary elections.
After entering her bulletproof vehicle, Bhutto stood up through its sunroof to wave to the crowds. At this point, a gunman fired shots at her, and subsequently explosives were detonated near the vehicle killing approximately 20 people.
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Art by Charles Haigh-Wood.