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Marking the seventh death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto

An epitome of democracy, daughter of the east and first female Prime Minister of the Muslim world, Benazir Bhutto was the identity of Pakistan. The lady who stood firm against all the odds and the agenda of fanatics was the most wanted target of extremists in Pakistan. She was also a thorn for those who were ruling the male dominating society and that is why she got assassinated today on 27th December 2007.

Benazir Bhutto broke all the common myths regarding women in the society by leading once the most popular and biggest political party of the country. When she took the mantle of Pakistan Peoples Party she was just in her mid-twenties and in that time she did not only lead her party but also MRD (Movement of Restoration of Democracy). Although she had the legacy of her father but she was no less eligible for the post she held. The charisma, exuberance, intellect and leadership qualities this leader possessed can’t be found in any other leader of Pakistan.

Martyrdom was the fate of the woman who faced incarceration, exile, political rivalry and criticism throughout her life. It was her fate that brought her back to the country she belonged despite the threats of being killed. The valiant struggle for democracy lead by her was not digestible for those who wanted to throw Pakistan to stone ages and that is the reason behind ghastly tragedy that hit the country on 27th December 2007.

The mesmerizing crowd of millions that gathered in Karachi on 18th October 2007 to receive their leader gave the hint to all her rivals, insurgent groups and religious extremists that she was poised to win the coming elections. To remove their target, BB’s enemies attacked her procession when she returned home by twin blasts that killed more than two hundred people but she survived.

Survival was not for long as just after two months she was again attacked by a blast this time in Liaquat Bagh Rawalpindi during her electoral campaign. Assailants were also gathered around her to make sure this time she does not survive and their plan went successful.

The journey of one of the most dynamic world figure ended in the same place where first Prime Minister of Pakistan got assassinated. This tells how credible BB was. Benazir Bhutto’s struggle for the democracy is always honored by the world that considered her a paragon of democracy when she said, “For the dictators across the world democracy is the greatest revenge”.

She is the only Pakistani leader who has her wax statue in Madame Tussauds Wax Museum London.

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