Bhutto was the first woman to head a Muslim nation.Born in Sinah
and political heir to her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto she honed
her mind in the stimulating enviorn of Oxford and Harvard and
was looked up by women all over the world as a beacon of hope
.Her exemplary personal and political life were the inspiration
to women all over to overcome the roadblocks imposed by men in
their progress in life
The intrepid woman she was, she was fully aware
of the risks in inheriting her charismatic fatherís legacy, and
bounced back after five years to power to set the Pakistan
Women the world over continue to face challenges
and the glass ceilings of tradition and the attempt to overcome
the obstacles of is a feat in itself.
Dubbed as the daughter of the East, Benazir's
political ascent and her increasing popularity as a fiery
speaker are examples to other women.
What is most remarkable about her was that
despite the obvious risks she faced in challenging a military
dictator she dared the threats of bullets, bombs and suicide
bombers which most people believe it is because of her love for
her beloved people and country and not for any personal gains.
Benazir wanted the people of Pakistan to enjoy
the liberal lifestyles of people living in democratic countr,ies
which were mostly denied under Pervez Musharaf. Interviewed by
CNN she was quoted as saying "I put my life in danger and came
to Pakistan because I feel the country is in danger. This aptly
illustrates the burning patriotism that fuelled her every move
since she decided to seek re-election and gain power to reorder
Pakistan's political future for the greater good of the country.
She was elected PM of Pakistan first in 1988
when she was 35. Although new to the intriacacies of statecraft
and diplomacy, the pink faced attractive politician became the
star attraction in Pakistan among all classes of people.
Her motherly instinct is to be admired. Even
after undergoing many hardships whilst in power as well as
outside she guided her children well in their education with her
son entering Oxford University.
Though politics was her passion it did not deter
her from being a good mother to her three children.
We women should be proud of her courage and
Benazir is no more but the principles she stood
for will brighten the future of the people of Pakistan and women
allover the world.
In 1994 in an interview to the Swedish Press she
said male prejudice still runs deep and when one is a woman,
whether it is in Pakistan or elsewhere. I think people are more
generous with men than they are with women because having a man
leader is considered an accepted fact of life, while having a
woman leader is not and therefore the hunt for finding the weak
spots or the vulnerabilities. It is more personalised where
women are concerned and there's a presumption that women are
weaker", Benazir said.
As any other leader Benazir too, had her flaws.
Yet she was one of several women who were collectively South
Asia's political icons. She was unable to do much as she spent
lot of time fighting political battles with clerics and others.
There was little opportunity for her to be deeply concerned in
policy-making and solving financial crisis. Corruption was
rampant. But she is a woman to be admired.
As a Muslim woman she touched the hearts of many
Muslim women. Her beauty and powerful oratoy were a ready appeal
to the people wherever it may be.