University remembers Benazir Bhutto

12/27/2007 | By: Staff Report  |

It was just over a year ago that Benazir Bhutto was the featured speaker for the 2006 University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Banquet. Her appearance, presented by the Whittemore Family Foundation, took place Sept. 28, 2006, at John Ascuaga's Nugget.

Bhutto was assassinated Dec. 27 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. She was 54.

"Tolerance and the danger of extremist views were the themes of her speech, and her passion and commitment were evident," said John Carothers, University vice president development and alumni relations. "She was extremely brave to return to her country and continue to be a voice for these themes. We are extremely saddened by today's news."

Bhutto was first elected prime minister of Pakistan in 1988 at the age of 35 making her the youngest world leader. She served her second term as prime minister in 1993 at the age of 40. Over her career, she was arrested nine times, imprisoned for more than five years, witnessed the hanging of her father in 1979 and was exiled.

"Prime Minister Bhutto was very gracious, and we were honored to have her join us," Carothers said.

Bhutto's appearance marked the 25th anniversary of the University's Foundation Banquet. Proceeds from the annual event benefit educational opportunities at the University.


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