Founding Patron-in-Chief


Shaheed Bhutto Foundation was founded by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. She became its Founding Patron-in-Chief on December 3, 2005. Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was the eldest child of slain former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. First elected Prime Minister at the age of 35 in 1988, Ms. Bhutto became the youngest chief executive of any country in the world and the first female Prime Minister in the Muslim world.

When audiences around the globe hear about Benazir Bhutto's remarkable tale of efforts aimed at re-establishing democracy in Pakistan, they are awed by the utmost dedication with which she struggled to bring democracy back to the people of her country. In her lifetime, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had been a living icon of the battle for democracy. She was one of a very few remarkable female leaders in the world who have their fair share in the global events of the last century.

During her terms in office, she faced enormous challenges like how to effectively govern a poor, politically fractious and ethnically diverse nation. However, she had come up to all the expectations and praised for moving swiftly to restore civil liberties and political freedom suspended under military rule. She started peoples programme for economic uplift of the masses. She launched a nationwide programme of health and education reforms. She was mentioned as the world's most popular politician in the Guinness Book of World Record 1996. The SBF feels privileged on having such a distinguished and caring personality as its founding Patron-in-Chief.