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Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto

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Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto

KATHERINE M. DOHERTY and CRAIG A. DOHERTY Reproduced in pdf form by Sani H Panwhar

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The first time that we saw Benazir Bhutto we were greatly impressed by her poise, beauty, and youth. Here was a woman a couple of years younger than us who had lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the same time we did, appearing on the news as the leading opponent of the military dictator General Zia in Pakistan. It was exciting to listen to the accolades the press b
Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto

KATHERINE M. DOHERTY and CRAIG A. DOHERTY Reproduced in pdf form by Sani H Panwhar

Introduction
The first time that we saw Benazir Bhutto we were greatly impressed by her poise, beauty, and youth. Here was a woman a couple of years younger than us who had lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the same time we did, appearing on the news as the leading opponent of the military dictator General Zia in Pakistan. It was exciting to listen to the accolades the press b

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B e n a i  B u t   t   o
 
Benazir Bhutto
KATHERINE M. DOHERTY
and 
CRAIG A. DOHERTY
Reproduced in pdf form bySani H Panwhar
 
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Introduction
The first time that we saw Benazir Bhutto we were greatly impressedby her poise, beauty, and youth. Here was a woman a couple of yearsyounger than us who had lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the sametime we did, appearing on the news as the leading opponent of the militarydictator General Zia in Pakistan. It was exciting to listen to the accolades thepress bestowed upon her. After she had become prime minister and oureditor suggested that we do a book about her, we began to look moreseriously at the first woman to head a modern Islamic state and theyoungest head of state in the world. The more research we did, the morestruck we were with the adversity that Benazir Bhutto had faced andovercome in her long struggle with the military powers of Pakistan.She has inherited her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's political legacy andsits as only the second popularly elected head of state in her country's brief history. It is a precarious position, as she well knows. Military coups,assassinations, the exiling of leaders and, in the case of her father, kangaroocourt sentences and executions are commonplace in the political arena inwhich she operates.The fact that she is a woman adds to the insecurity of her position.Many on Pakistan's religious right feel that women should be restricted toactivities within the home. General Zia had done much during his eleven-yearreign to reinforce that position. The illiteracy rate among women in Pakistanfar exceeds that of men, and the rate at which women die in childbirth is oneof the highest in the world. Under Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, women had begun tomake gains, but General Zia had erased them.The other problems her country faces are nearly staggering. Illiteracyand poverty are rampant. The almost feudal relationship that exists betweenthe wealthy land owners— the Bhutto family among them—and their tenantsmakes the establishment of democratic reforms difficult. Under General Zia,
 
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the heroin trade grew into a multimillion dollar industry which has producedover a million heroin addicts in Pakistan. The Zia regime let a number of well-organized drug gangs operate with impunity.Benazir Bhutto is revered by many people of her country who see heras the natural successor to her now martyred father. But the specter of themilitary is always present. Only time will tell us if Benazir Bhutto will be ableto convert the worship of the people into a viable system of democraticgovernment immune from the ambitions of the military establishment.

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