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EditorialAnother December 27

Another December 27

As the month of December approaches, bitter memories begin to resurface that emphasise aspects of national and political life that are linked to Pakistan’s and the nation’s destiny. Whether it was the APS tragedy on December 16, the fall of Dhaka, or Benazir Bhutto’s murder on December 27, the scars are still mending today. At Liaquat Bagh, Benazir, the country’s popular leader, was assassinated on December 27, 2007, and her memories have never faded even after 15 years. Unfortunately, the assassins of Benazir Bhutto have not yet been identified. It was a bloody evening on December 27, 2007, when a lamp like Benazir Bhutto went out.

From 1998 until 2007, she kept a close eye on domestic and international issues, establishing herself as a strong opponent of terrorism and jihadist organisations. She opposed terrorists in Pakistan and in world politics because of her political awareness and understanding. She wished to raise the Pakistan flag throughout the country, including FATA and Balochistan. She wished to strengthen the court and parliament for the sake of the people and the rule of law. She had persuaded Pervez Musharraf, the military dictator, to remove his uniform.

She lived a life full of surprises from the time she was born on June 21, 1953, in Karachi, till the day she died. She became the Islamic world’s and Pakistan’s first female prime minister, establishing a tremendous example of perseverance for Pakistani women. Her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, guided, trained, and educated her, teaching her to respect as well as rebel against family and local norms. From 1969 to 1973, she attended Radcliffe College at Harvard University, and after graduation, she enrolled in the prestigious Oxford University in England. She studied political science, economics, and philosophy at Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford from 1973 to 1977. She graduated from Oxford with a degree in International Law and Diplomacy. It is worth noting that she was the first Asian female president of the Oxford Student Union. As a result, she distinguished herself as a warrior and a leader from the start.

Bhutto told Benazir to pursue the mission of truth when she visited her father for the final time on 3 April 1979. Benazir Bhutto made her father’s guidance her life’s objective and stayed on it to the end. Following Bhutto’s execution, Benazir Bhutto not only took over her party with distinction, but she also established fresh examples of enormous fortitude, bravery, and battle, making the PPP the most popular party in the country. She did not let the party workers’ morale suffer as a result of his exceptional leadership abilities.

The truth is that, regardless of which political party controls the government, we are currently living in the era of Bhutto’s vision, which will endure forever and lead us to success. During her tenure, she made particular efforts to support women’s rights. These include the creation of the first women’s bank and police station, the opening of women’s study centres in Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, and Peshawar, the implementation of a 5% quota for women in government jobs, the programme for female health workers, and the advancement of women. Included are the creation of the federal ministry for women, lady computer centres, and the granting of loans to women.

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