MUZAFFARABAD: Pakistan People’s Party Azad Jammu and Kashmir (PPP AJK) celebrated former Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s 67 birthday with simplicity here on Sunday. However, no political gathering was held due to the coronavirus pandemic. Birthday ceremony celebrated at the residence of President PPP AJK, Chaudhry Latif Akbar.
Benazir Bhutto served as Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996. She became the first woman leader of a Muslim nation in modern history. In the ensuing elections Bhutto’s PPP won the single largest bloc of seats in the National Assembly. She became prime minister on December 1, 1988, heading a coalition government.
In elections held in October 1993 the PPP won a plurality of votes, and Bhutto again became head of a coalition government. Under renewed allegations of corruption, economic mismanagement, and a decline of law and order, her government was dismissed in November 1996 by Pres. Farooq Leghari. After the dismissal, she went abroad in self-imposed exile. In October 2007 Bhutto returned to Karachi from Dubai after eight years of self-imposed exile. Celebrations marking her return were marred by a suicide attack on her motorcade, in which numerous supporters were killed. Bhutto was assassinated in December in a similar attack while campaigning for upcoming parliamentary elections.
The leaders of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) AJK lauded the services of Benazir Bhutto and said that country needs vision of Benazir Bhutto to pull the country out of the current political and economic crises.