Benazir Bhutto has the distinction of being the first
popularly elected female prime minister in any Muslim
country in the world. But this distinction was preceded by her more than
a decade long struggle against dictatorship of General Ziaul Haq.
Aspiring to join diplomatic corps or media as a journalist, she entered in
politics under the force of circumstances in 1977 after the government
of her father, Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was toppled in a coup.
Gradually, she occupied the center stage in the politics of Pakistan
through her sheer struggle against dictatorship and for restoration of
democracy in the country. In the process, she was subjected to repeated
detentions, intimidation, coercion as well as physical and mental
hardships to abandon her struggle. However, she was able to sustain
those hardships and finally paved the way towards restoration of
democracy in Pakistan in 1988.
1-Muhammad Ali Shaikh: Vice Chancellor, Department of Media and Communication Studies, Madressatul Islam University, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.2-Zahid Hussain Sahito: Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh, Pakistan.3-Stephen John: Associate Professor, Department of Education, Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.
Role; Benazir Bhutto; and Restoration of Democracy in Pakistan (1977-1988)