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Published on 15 Jul 2011 | over 5 years ago

Benazir Bhutto (21 June 1953 -- 27 December 2007) was dragged into politics due to a tragic turn of events when her father, the first directly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hanged to death by military dictator Ziaulhaq after April 4, 1979. Benazir Bhutto was the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state. She was elected twice as the Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988--1990; 1993--1996).
On 27 December 2007, Benazir Bhutto was killed while leaving a campaign rally for the PPP at Liaquat National Bagh, where she had given a spirited address to party supporters in the run-up to the January 2008 parliamentary elections. After entering her bulletproof vehicle, Benazir 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.Benazir Bhutto was critically wounded and was rushed to Rawalpindi General Hospital. She was taken into surgery at 17:35 local time, and pronounced dead at 18:16.

Bhutto's body was flown to her hometown of Garhi Khuda Bakhsh in Larkana District, Sindh, and was buried next to her father in the family mausoleum at a ceremony attended by hundreds of thousands of mourners.

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