2007 Benazir Bhutto Assasinated
On Decmber 27th 2007 Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. Bhutto had returned to Pakistan after being in exhile since 1996 after being ousted as the Pakistani Prime Minister. President Musharaff had allowed Bhutto to return to calm opposition to his imposition of martial law. Bhutto's party was expected to win the parliamentary elections scheduled for the first week in January. Bhutto was an outspoken critic of both Muslm extremist and President Musharaff. Her assasination sent shock waves through Pakistan.
Benazir Bhutto, the first woman to lead a Muslim nation in modern history, was assassinated on December 27, 2007. She had returned to Pakistan from exile with the hope of leading her country once more. Her return was part of a political arrangement with then-President Pervez Musharraf, who was facing significant opposition and had imposed martial law.
Bhutto's return was seen as a potential stabilizing force, and her party, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), was widely expected to perform well in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Bhutto herself was a charismatic and popular figure, known for her eloquence and her commitment to democratic principles.
However, Bhutto was also a controversial figure. She was an outspoken critic of Islamic extremism and of President Musharraf, which made her a target for many. Her assassination, which occurred in a suicide attack at a political rally, sent shockwaves through Pakistan and the world. It was a tragic event that marked a significant escalation in the political instability and violence in Pakistan.
In the aftermath of her death, there was widespread grief and anger, leading to riots and protests across the country. The elections were postponed, and when they were eventually held, the PPP, led by her husband Asif Ali Zardari, won the most seats, and Zardari became President.