Benazir – the Incomparable

Benazir Bhutto was one of the politicians from the world politics whom I remember having seen on television as a child. Whenever her name came up on the DD news, my ears would perk up and I would go and see how was she like and what was she doing. I liked the way she spoke – in a clear and educated tongue.
I wonder how the lives of Indira Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto had so many similarities. Both of them were daughters of powerful political leaders, both of them officiated their country’s most coveted chair, (not to mention their not so illustrious husbands), and what to say of the manner in which their lives ended. Sisters in destiny?
As far as the political history of Pakistan is concerned, Musharraf is the second military ruler of the country. The first one Gen. Zia-ul Haq was the person behind the hanging of Benazir’s father – Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. And before her death, as per the news channels, Benazir maintained that Musharraf would be the one to blame if she is assassinated in Pakistan.
It still gives me shivers when I think that she returned to Pakistan after 8 years of self imposed exile and what is the outcome – she is murdered! Is it true what the ancient wisdom said – that death calls you to the place where you are destined to die? What is it which makes one take risks which can result in the end of one’s life? She was living quite peacefully with the family in the UK but then what made her return? Was living a peaceful life that hard or was it that she genuinely believed that her country needed her? But who would know that, apart from she herself and now the secret has been buried with her.
But there is no denying the fact that she was a strong woman who in spite of having such a tumultuous life, could smile so beautifully and touch the hearts of so many, and that not just in her own country but everywhere. She justified her name Benazir – she was indeed matchless!


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