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In pictures: Benazir Bhutto through the years

On her death anniversary, here are some photos from across her life

On the anniversary of her death, here is Benazir Bhutto’s life in photos, from childhood to a prime minister’s protege and from prime minister to exile.

Early life: the eldest of Bhutto kids

   Benazir Bhutto was born in 1953, the first child of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn in the same year. Here she is pictured with her father and brother Murtaza. The exact year of the photo is not known but is believed to be in the late 1950s.
Benazir Bhutto was born in 1953, the first child of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn in the same year. Here she is pictured with her father and brother Murtaza. The exact year of the photo is not known but is believed to be in the late 1950s.

 Left to right: Benazir with her siblings Sanam (born 1957), Shahnawaz (born 1958) and Murtaza (born 1954).
Left to right: Benazir with her siblings Sanam (born 1957), Shahnawaz (born 1958) and Murtaza (born 1954).

Youth: A statesman’s companion and heir

 In June 1972, Benazir accompanied her father to Simla, where her father tried to negotiate an agreement to bring home 1971’s prisoners of war.
In June 1972, Benazir accompanied her father to Simla, where her father tried to negotiate an agreement to bring home 1971’s prisoners of war.

  Benazir slowly grew into a political role. Here she is in a 1974 photo in hometown Larkana
Benazir slowly grew into a political role. Here she is in a 1974 photo in hometown Larkana

Return from exile, premiership and a legend in her own right

  After years of house arrest and exile following her father’s death, Benazir entered Pakistan, triumphant, in 1986.
After years of house arrest and exile following her father’s death, Benazir entered Pakistan, triumphant, in 1986.

  Benazir addresses a mammoth rally in 1986.
Benazir addresses a mammoth rally in 1986.

  Her marriage to Asif Ali Zardari took place in 1987.
Her marriage to Asif Ali Zardari took place in 1987.

  In 1988, Benazir became prime minister, the same seat as her father.
In 1988, Benazir became prime minister, the same seat as her father.

  After being dismissed from government, she became Prime Minsiter for a second time in 1993. She would be in office till 1996.
After being dismissed from government, she became Prime Minsiter for a second time in 1993. She would be in office till 1996.

Second exile and return

 After leaving Pakistan due to Musharraf’s martial law, she would spend her time in London and Dubai. Here she is photographed with her three kids, Bakhtawar, Aseefa and Bilawal in 2000.
After leaving Pakistan due to Musharraf’s martial law, she would spend her time in London and Dubai. Here she is photographed with her three kids, Bakhtawar, Aseefa and Bilawal in 2000.

  On October 17, 2007, Benazir ended her second exile and returned home. The elections were a few months away.
On October 17, 2007, Benazir ended her second exile and returned home. The elections were a few months away.

  The return was an emotional one. In this photo she prays right after landing in Karachi.
The return was an emotional one. In this photo she prays right after landing in Karachi.

  As her campaign against emergency gathered steam she was confronted with police and barbed wires.
As her campaign against emergency gathered steam she was confronted with police and barbed wires.

  Benazir Bhutto leaves after addressing a rally in Rawalpindi’s Liquat Bagh on December 27, 2007. The rally would be her last.
Benazir Bhutto leaves after addressing a rally in Rawalpindi’s Liquat Bagh on December 27, 2007. The rally would be her last.

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