Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan after completing her studies only to find herself placed under house arrest in the wake of her father's imprisonment and subsequent execution.
Having been allowed to return to the United Kingdom in 1984, she became a leader in exile of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
For the first time in the history of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to head a major political party though she was unable to make her political presence felt in Pakistan until after the death of General Zia-ul-Haq.
She had succeeded her mother as leader of the PPP and the pro-democracy opposition to the General Zia-ul-Haq regime.
Benazir Bhutto intented to return to Pakistan in 2007, which she did, in spite of Musharraf's statements of May 2007 about not allowing her to return ahead of the country's general election, due late 2007 or early 2008.
It was speculated that she may have been offered the office of Prime Minister again.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2011