Benazir Bhutto Interview (1995)

Benazir Bhutto became the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan. She was also the first female Prime Minister of a majority Muslim nation. She became active in politics when her father Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was deposed and executed by the military regime of Muhammad Zia Haq. Benazir Bhutto then organized under house arrest the movement for the restoration of democracy. After leaving the country in exile in 1984, she plotted her return and the rebuilding of the Pakistan People’s Party. The PPP won the elections in 1988. Prime Minister Bhutto’s  terms were between 1988 to 1990 and  1993 to 1996. Her legacy has been seen as mixed. Pakistan was still unstable under her rule and corruption was wide spread in the political system. This interview was filmed in 1995. Pakistan was still dealing with the fallout from the Soviet-Afghan War and US covert actions. Nawaz Sharif accused the Bhutto Premiership of corruption. The courts found the Bhuttos innocent. Prime Minister Bhutto explains the issue as political factionalism. The opposition was staunch and not willing to collaborate. Prime Minister Bhutto states in this interview that she wants to challenge the blasphemy laws and eliminate torture. She also states her desire to help disadvantaged ethnic groups.There were multiple issues in her way which included tensions with India, the military, and poverty. These problems still persist today.

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