Benazir Bhutto 1953-2007

December 27, 2007

The entire community of Mary Baldwin University joins with the world in mourning the loss of a courageous, peaceful warrior for democracy, former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto. She gave her life to a cause she believed in and for the love of the people of Pakistan. We can only hope and pray that her legacy of freedom for all will never be lost and that her death will serve as powerful momentum to all people everywhere to take a stand for freedom and against terrorism in all its forms. We extend our deepest sorrow to her family and to the families of those many others lost in the assassination attack.

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto inspired the Mary Baldwin University community in October 2006 as the college’s 10th annual Smyth Leadership Lecturer.

“To me, there is nothing more un-Islamic than discrimination, there is nothing more un-Islamic than discrimination and violence against women, and there is certainly nothing more un-Islamic than terrorism,” Bhutto said during her address.

As she did at engagements around the world, Bhutto stayed true to her mission of furthering democracy and redirecting extremist agendas. She was poised. She was focused. She was real. Read more about her 2006 visit on Mary Baldwin News .
One year after her idyllic visit to the Shenandoah Valley, this daughter, sister, wife, and mother faced daily threats on her life. She was prepared for a tumultuous return to her native Pakistan after years of exile, which she wrote about recently in an editorial inThe New York Times: Musharraf’s Martial Plan

Local news coverage of Bhutto’s death:

Benazir Bhutto has dinner with several students at the Mary Baldwin President's House