Social media remembers Benazir Bhutto on 12th death anniversary

Social media remembers Benazir Bhutto on 12th death anniversary
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A portrait of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is displayed atop a table in Islamabad. (Reuters/ File Photo)
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Pakistan People's Party supporters in Lahore hold an image of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto during a candlelight vigil to commemorate her death anniversary, Dec. 26, 2011. (Reuters/ File Photo)
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Updated 27 December 2019
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Social media remembers Benazir Bhutto on 12th death anniversary

Social media remembers Benazir Bhutto on 12th death anniversary
  • Benazir Bhutto was the first female prime minister of a Muslim-majority country
  • She was assassinated during a political rally on Dec. 27, 2007

RAWALPINDI: Twelve years ago, two-time prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Rawalpindi.

The murder during a political rally on Dec. 27, 2007 made international headlines and shook the nation, triggering violence, political turmoil, and conspiracy theories. Bhutto's untimely and violent departure left its mark on the survival of democracy in Pakistan.

She was the first female prime minister of a Muslim-majority country, and also the world's youngest.

On her death anniversary, many took to Twitter to express their grief and pay tribute. A number of hashtags dominated Twitter trends on Friday: #BenazirBhutto, #SalaamBenazir, #ShaheedBenazir (Martyr Benazir) and #ZindaHaiBibiZindaHai (Bibi Lives On) – Bhutto was fondly referred to as Bibi.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, her eldest child who inherited the leadership of his mother's and grandfather's Pakistan People's Party (PPP), wrote on Twitter: “Ya Allah, Ya Rasool, Benazir, Bayqasoor,” appealing to God and the Prophet that his mother was “bayqasoor,” which means “faultless.”

 

His younger sister Aseefa Bhutto Zardari shared a video with senior journalist Hamid Mir's calling the late prime minister, “an arrow targeting oppression.”

 

Hamid Mir tweeted a photo of Bhutto visiting Siachen in Kashmir, which is known as the highest battlefield in the world, with the territory disputed by Pakistan and India. She was the first PM from either side of the border to visit the area. Indian PM Manmohan Singh followed suit in 2005.

 

PPP politician Sherry Rehman wrote she remembered Dec. 27 “in all its epochal darkness,” and shared her 2007 obituary for Bhutto. “It was the day the lights went out for Pakistan in a terrible twist of history. Life was altered forever, like everything else, that fateful day.”

 

National Assembly member Nafisa Shah, also of PPP, wrote that Bhutto is “immortalized in writing, in poetry, in art, in the very psyche of the people,” which is the best answer to “those who wanted her finished.”

 

Lawyer and journalist Anaya Khan who posted photographs and shared what Bhutto means for her generation. “I am so lucky to have grown up with her as my hero. There will never be another Benazir Bhutto.”

 

Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, posted a video of his daughter speaking at the UN wearing a shawl that was owned by Bhutto. Malala said: “Being here with such honorable people is a great moment in my life and it is an honor for me that today, I am wearing a shawl of the late Benazir Bhutto Shaheed.”

 

Activist and musician Salman Sufi called Bhutto “Daughter of Destiny” and wrote “her martyrdom left me clenching my chest with an agonizing pain that I can never forget. I wish she was alive to solidify the support for True Democracy.”