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Apprenticeship to Power: Nature and Extent of Political Mentoring of Benazir Bhutto Under Tutelage of her Father (1953-1977)

Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Stephen John and Hamida Zafar
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Muhammad Ali Shaikh: Vice Chancellor, Department of Media Studies and Communication Studies, Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Karachi, Pakistan.
Stephen John: Associate Professor, Department of Education, Sindh Madressatul Isl am University, Karachi, Pakistan. Email:
Hamida Zafar: Professor, Department of Education, Jinnah University for Women Karachi, Pakistan.

Global Political Review, 2019, vol. 4, issue 1, 32-39

Abstract: It has been claimed that Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a leading politician and former president and prime minister of Pakistan, mentored his daughter Benazir Bhutto in politics since her childhood. The present study was carried out to explore the nature and extent of political mentoring accorded to Benazir Bhutto by her father. It highlights three modes of mentoring employed by her father and evaluates each of them separately. The modes of mentoring employed were (a) through letters and discussions during her early age, (b) through her attendance of major political events while she was a university student, and (c) her on-job training in the prime minister�s secretariat after completion of her studies. It is concluded that the mentoring on the part of her father, whether intentional or unintentional, helped her a great deal in preparing her for the future role in the politics of Pakistan.

Keywords: Benazir Bhutto; Zulfikar Ali Bhutto; Pakistan People Party; Democracy; Dictatorship; Pakistan; Mentoring (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R00 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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