Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was an iconic figure in the Muslim world. The first Muslim woman to be head of government, she first became the prime minister in 1988 and then in 1993. Bhutto was assassinated on 27 December, 2007 at Liaquat National Bagh in Rawalpindi. The trial into her untimely death is ongoing, with the then president Musharraf too being accused of conspiracy. Her death is still mourned by her followers.
After General Pervez Musharraf took over the administration of the country in October 1999, Opposition leaders including Bhutto went into political exile to escape corruption charges. On 3 November 2007, then president Musharraf declared an Emergency across the country. Later, it was decided that parliamentary elections would be held on 8 January, 2008.
Bhutto's jeep, after addressing a rally, set to leave Liaquat Bagh. She appered on the sun roof of the jeep to acknowledge the loud cheers from the crowd. Eyewitness reported by the daily suggest that four to five gunshots were heard, following which a suicide bomber blew him up. She was later declared dead at the Rawalpindi General Hospital.
Bhutto was buried the next day alongside in Sindh's Garhi Khuda Bakhsh.
In November 2011, an anti terrorism court in Lahore indicted five militants and two police officers. The five militants belonged to the Pakistan Taliban while the chief of police department, at the time of assassination, Saud Aziz, was charged for being part of the criminal conspiracy. In 2013, Musharraf was charged for criminal conspiracy in connection to the assassination. His trial is still going on.
According to Naheed Khan, she was the symbol of a progressive and liberal Pakistan. Bhutto stood for democracy in the country and believed poverty and unemployment to the growth of democracy in Pakistan.