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Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Self-Exile in London


Benazir in exile In January 1984, giving in to international pressure, General Ziaul Haq allowed the Bhutto family, after six years of house arrests and imprisonment, to travel abroad for medical reasons. After surgery, Benazir Bhutto resumed her political activities and began to raise concerns about the mistreatment of political prisoners in Pakistan at the behest of the Zia regime. The intensified pressure forced General Zia into holding a referendum to give a legitimacy to his government. The referendum held on 1 December 1984 proved to be a farce: only 10% of voters bothered to turn out. In 1985, Benazir Bhutto received the sad news of Shahnawaz Bhutto who was poisoned in a local hotel at Nice, France. Further pressure from the international community forced General Zia to hold elections, for a unicameral legislature on a non-party basis. Benazir Bhutto announced a boycott of the election on the grounds that they were not being held in ...
The Zia regime  Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's children and his wife Nusrat Bhutto found the military dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq very difficult. Benazir Bhutto and her younger brother Murtaza spent eighteen months in and out of house arrest as she struggled to rally political support to force General Zia-ul-Haq to drop murder charges against her father. On behalf of Bhutto's former Law minister Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, the Bhutto family filed a petition at the Chief Martial Law Administrator Office for the reconsideration of the sentence of Zulfiqar Bhutto, and for ...
1988 Parliamentary elections Benazir Bhutto, who had returned to Pakistan after completing her studies, found herself placed under house arrest in the wake of her father's imprisonment and subsequent execution. Having been allowed to return to the UK in 1984, she became a leader in exile of the People's Party of Pakistan (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 ...
Rocky road to power Benazir Bhutto took the mantle of power from her father Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, getting elected twice as Prime Minister of Pakistan. She inherited her bearing and physical presence from her mother Nusrat Bhutto. Her family and close friends knew her as "Pinky." As a Muslim woman leader, Bhutto was almost an iconic figure in the West. She became the first woman prime minister of an Islamic state. However, her career was a cycle of exile, house arrest, ...


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