Byline: Senator Sehar Kamran
'You can imprison a man but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.' Benazir Bhutto
Few people in the world leave behind incredible legacies which are remembered for decades and even centuries. Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is listed among those personalities whose national and international impact can still be felt even after they have gone from this world. An enduring icon, with a larger than life personality, her persona was not limited to a geographical region; in fact, her personality and vision transcended boundaries and continents. She was equally popular in the Western world, as she was in the East.
From a very young age, Mohtarma Shaheed Benazir Bhutto skillfully adapted herself in each and every role which was required by her family, party, and the country from a very young age. Her personal and political journey is perhaps also reflected from the title of her autobiographies, 'Daughter of the East' and 'Daughter of Destiny.' As she started her journey from being the daughter of the East, but eventually, her life was shaped by destiny.
She achieved a number of accomplishments in her political career, thereby setting a benchmark for others and even future generations to follow. Mohtarma Benazir assumed control of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) at a very young age after the politically motivated murder of her father and former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. She was the first twice elected female and the youngest Prime Minister of the Islamic world at the age of 35. She was also the first Prime Minister who gave birth while in office, only followed by New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern in 2018. Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed was also the second democratically elected Prime Minister after Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, as a result of winning a majority in the elections, since the creation of Pakistan.
Despite the fact that Shaheed Benazir started her political career at a young age, she achieved what most people could only dare to dream. She broke many glass ceilings and changed the landscape of Pakistan's politics. All her life, she strove for a democratic, peaceful, tolerant, and prosperous Pakistan. Her list of achievements is often downplayed, but they cannot be overlooked.
Shaheed Benazir Bhutto is the only Pakistani Prime Minister to deliver a joint session address in the US Congress and received a thunderous, two-minute standing ovation from the US...