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Role of Benazir Bhutto in Restoration of Democracy in Pakistan (1977-1988)

Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Zahid Hussain Sahito and Stephen John
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Muhammad Ali Shaikh: Vice Chancellor, Department of Media and Communication Studies, Madressatul Islam University, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.
Zahid Hussain Sahito: Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh, Pakistan.
Stephen John: Associate Professor, Department of Education, Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.

Global Political Review, 2020, vol. 5, issue 1, 260-268

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: Role; Benazir Bhutto; and Restoration of Democracy in Pakistan (1977-1988) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R00 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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