She was born into a wealthy land-owning family that was also actively involved in national politics, and later completed her education at Oxford and Havard. In Oxford, she became the first Asian woman to be voted as president of the Oxford Union, the prestigious debating society.
The family’s involvement in politics has been marked by violence and tragedy. Her father, Zulfakir Ali Bhutto, was himself Prime Minister from 1971 to 1977, before he was deposed and later hanged on charges of conspiracy to murder. Her two brothers also died under violent and mysterious circumstances.
For readers who might be interested in reading about Benazir Bhutto or Pakistan, please check out the following selections at the library:
- Daughter of the East / by Benazir Bhutto
- Benazir Bhutto/by Mercedes Padrino
- The trial of Benazir Bhutto : an insight into the status of women in Islam by Rafiq Zakaria
[UPDATE, 30 Dec 2007: Here's a thoughtful piece by Marina Mathathir, who's met Benazir Bhutto and family. She's the daughter of the ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mathathir Mohamed. Thanks to Siva for the heads-up.]