Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tribute to Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto, the daughter of the East, was the first Muslim women to have held the office of the prime minister. The eldest child of Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto, born on June 21, 1953 at Karachi rose to prominence when she became the prime minister of Pakistan twice during 1988–1990 and 1993–1996. A graduate of Harvard University (USA) and Oxford University (where she was elected to the Standing Committee of the most prestigious Oxford Union Debating Society and also the President of the Oxford Union in 1977).

At the age of 35, she assumed the office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1988, but her government was dismissed just after 20 months. She assumed office of the prime minister again in 1993 but had a similar fate of being removed by the president of the country. She then went into self imposed exile in 1998 and stayed there till she came back once again in 2007 to reign the country perhaps for the third time. But before her dreams could realize, she was assassinated on 27 December 2007 minutes after attending an election rally in Rawalpindi

Pakistan Post, in recognition to her international standing and her services to revive democracy in the country, issued four stamps during 2008. The first two stamps were issued on 21 June 2008 on the eve of 55th birthday of Benazir Bhutto. The third stamp was issued on 10th December 2008 to celebrate her winning the United Nations Prize in the field of Human Rights (she was among seven winners to bag the award). The fourth stamp was issued on 27 December 2008, exactly one year after her assassination. All four stamps were printed at Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Karachi.

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