Late Benazir Bhutto is best known for her role as a former Prime Minister of Pakistan. She was a voice of democracy, a woman who fought for the rights of people who could not do it themselves. She was brutally assassinated in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on December 27, 2007 and that is a day that will forever be etched in history.
She made a huge impact for womanhood everywhere when she became the first woman in recent times to head an Islamic state government. Despite facing many hardships throughout her life, like the deaths of her father and brothers, Benazir Bhutto dedicated her life to improving Pakistan. She improved housing, healthcare services, expanded the reach of electricity to remote villages and built many educational institutions in Pakistan during her term.
Benazir Bhutto’s Parents – Zulfikar Ali Bhutto & Begum Nusrat Ispahani
Benazir was born on June 21, 1953 in Karachi, Pakistan to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Begum Nusrat Ispahani. Her father, Zulfikar, held both the positions of President and Prime Minister of Pakistan during his lifetime. He was brutally executed in April 4, 1979 on the orders of General Zia Ul Haq. He was the founder of the Pakistan People’s Party and served as its chairman until his death.
Her mother was the daughter of a wealthy businessman of Kurdish-Iranian descent and was Zulfikar’s second wife. After the execution of her husband, she took over as Chairman of the Pakistani People’s Party.
Benazir’s Siblings – Mir Ghulam Murtaza Bhutoo, Sanam Bhutto, Shahnawaz Bhutto
She had three younger siblings- Mir Ghulam Murtaza Bhutto, Sanam Bhutto and Shahnawaz Bhutto. Shahnawaz died in Nice, France under mysterious circumstances, on July 18, 1985 and Murtaza Bhutto died on September 20, 1996 during a police encounter near his place of residence. Sanam Bhutto is the only surviving sibling of Benazir Bhutto and resides in London with two children – Azadeh and Shahmir Hussain.
Benazir Bhutto’s Spouse – Asif Ali Zardari
She married Pakistani businessman-turned-politician, Asif Ali Zardari on December 18, 1987 in Karachi. He held the title of Chairman of the Pakistani People’s Party till he handed it over to his son Bilawal. He also held the title of President of Pakistan from 2008-2013.
Children of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari
They have three children together- a son and two daughters.
1) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari – He is the current Chairman of the PPP and was born on September 21, 1988 in Karachi. He was their first child.
2) Bakhtawar Bhutto – She was born on January 25, 1990.
3) Asifa Bhutto – She was born on February 2, 1993.
Benazir Bhutto’s Net Worth
Benazir was the only female Prime Minister of Pakistan and her net worth is estimated at $ 850 million.