I Am Malala

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The first female prime minister of Pakistan, a rival of General Pervez Musharraf, and an important role model for Malala. Benazir Bhutto is a talented and charismatic politician who uses her influence to fight for women’s rights, and claims that she will fight the forces of religious extremism in her country. While Benazir enacts meaningful political changes in her country, her career is cut short in 2007 when a Taliban assassin murders her.
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Benazir Bhutto Character Timeline in I Am Malala

The timeline below shows where the character Benazir Bhutto appears in I Am Malala. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: Growing up in a School
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...a plane crash that may have been caused by a bomb. Zia’s successor was Benazir Bhutto, the daughter of the Prime Minister whom Zia had executed. Bhutto encouraged free speech and... (full context)
Chapter 5: Why I Don’t Wear Earrings and Pashtuns Don’t Say Thank You
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...grew up, Pakistan entered a period of political instability. The country alternated between electing Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif as prime minister. Then General Pervez Musharraf staged a military coup and... (full context)
Chapter 10: Toffees, Tennis Balls, and the Buddhas of Swat
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...step down as president. Surprisingly, the United States arranged for his replacement to be Benazir Bhutto, Musharraf’s old political rival. The plan was for Bhutto and Musharraf to cooperate with one... (full context)
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On October 18, 2007, Benazir Bhutto returned from a long period of exile. Malala and millions of other Pakistanis watched television... (full context)
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Shortly after the failed attempt on Benazir Bhutto’s life, the Pakistani national army arrived in Swat. Musharraf—still a powerful force in the government—sent... (full context)
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On December 27, 2007, Benazir Bhutto held a rally in which she claimed that she would fight the forces of extremism... (full context)
Chapter 11: The Clever Class
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...the near, the Taliban had bombed nearly 400 schools for girls across the country. Following Bhutto’s death, the government had fallen under the control of President Asif Zardari, Bhutto’s widower. While... (full context)