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The award-winning inside story. An investigation into the death of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Includes interviews with those accused of her murder.
11 Episodes
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Episode 10: Dead Ends

Episode 10: Dead Ends

2018-02-2800:39:4926

“I laugh at it.” The accused speaks in the series finale. With Owen Bennett-Jones.
Episode 9: The Other Dead

Episode 9: The Other Dead

2018-02-2100:29:0317

A trail of bodies leads deeper into the conspiracy. “Someone doesn’t want us to connect the dots.” With Owen Bennett-Jones.
The nasty, brutish and short life of Benazir’s killer - confidential police files reveal investigators weren’t interested. With Owen Bennett-Jones.
Episode 7: The Funeral

Episode 7: The Funeral

2018-02-0700:32:1517

Benazir speaks from the grave to lay blame for her murder. Riots mar the burial as the struggle to control the investigation begins. And her handwritten will reveals an unexpected successor. With Owen Bennett-Jones.
Episode 6: The Murder

Episode 6: The Murder

2018-01-3100:21:3332

A final warning and the final day. “I felt there was a fire. Then, there was a blast”. An emotional and forensic account of Benazir’s last hours. With Owen Bennett-Jones.
Episode 5: Near Misses

Episode 5: Near Misses

2018-01-2400:22:3533

"Suicide bombers got through the security check. What should we do?" Plots, house arrest, appeals for help; time is running out for Benazir Bhutto.Including contributions from her close friend, Victoria Schofield and reporter Ron Suskind. With Owen Bennett-Jones.
Episode 4: The Karachi Files

Episode 4: The Karachi Files

2018-01-1700:35:1837

Secret reports, an arrest and “hidden hands” – why the official investigation into the Karachi attack on Benazir Bhutto failed. Owen Bennett-Jones gives a deep dive on Pakistan’s deep state as the saga of Benazir’s death continues. Includes interviews with key anti-terror officers.
Episode 3: The Call

Episode 3: The Call

2018-01-1000:12:5051

“He warned me not to come back”. Benazir’s attempt to ensure a safe return to Pakistan ends in fear, triggered by a disputed telephone conversation with Pakistan’s military ruler. With contributions from three people close to Benazir: the former Pakistani ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani; her American advisor Mark Siegal; and Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author Ron Suskind. With Owen Bennett-Jones
Episode 2: Family Matters

Episode 2: Family Matters

2018-01-0300:32:1955

An execution, a wedding and exile. Benazir Bhutto becomes the Muslim world's first female prime minister. The story of the Bhutto dynasty, the allegations of corruption against them and the growing power of their enemies. With Owen Bennett Jones.
Episode 1: Return of the Queen

Episode 1: Return of the Queen

2017-12-2700:17:4978

"Her days were numbered." Introducing Benazir Bhutto and the story of her final journey home. Eight years of self-imposed exile ended when she returned to Pakistan to campaign for high office. Pakistani politics have long been lethal and Bhutto was in no doubt about the danger she faced. With Owen Bennett-Jones.
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Meurice MaisonGourmande

beautifully presented well researched keeps you hooked!

Jun 2nd
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Jefferson Gardiner

Brilliant research, well done Owen

Jan 25th
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Ivan Terrero

As someone else common did I would appreciate it if you did this title of this I get a reporting for other mysterious deaths of famous and not so famous prople

Jan 5th
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Ivan Terrero

Well done!

Jan 5th
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Grace Nyagaki

I really enjoyed this podcast.

Dec 19th
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Mark Taylor

This is one of the best Podcasts I have listened to. very informative and extremely well produced. Totally gripping, and disturbingly factual.

Dec 10th
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Emma M

This is such an interesting podcast and has provided insights into a country, a culture, a political state and historic point that I had no idea even happened previously to listening. The depth of the research and understanding of this podcast is phenomenal. Absolutely worth the time!

Nov 28th
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Anna A

I had no idea who this incredible woman was before this podcast, and the integrity and depth that the reporter has brought to telling not just her story but also his own is all the difference. I'm now very interested in learning more about Pakistani history and politics. When our own woman prime minister was elected and was later revealed to be pregnant, Jacinda Ardern, she was compared to Benizir Bhutto and it was with pride that I could appreciate the comparison. This podcast is an absolute must for anyone interested in the roles of women in politics, especially in democracy, for feminists, and for people interested in Pakistanti political history and culture. I'll be listening to the whole thing more than once.

Nov 1st
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stephen lee

brilliant podcast, i have to admit my knowledge of Benazir Bhutto was non existant before this but the story and facts were told and put together brilliantly. enjoy

Oct 8th
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Murray Morison

a brilliant series. Thank you so much for the huge amount of work putting this together

Sep 18th
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Diana de Castro Almeida

Excellent work. Excellent podcast. I want more!

Sep 4th
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Saroj Ghosh

this podcast revealed the character of Pakistan's Army.

Aug 22nd
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garrett richardson

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Aug 15th
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shambhu arvind

amazing podcast

Jun 28th
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Vikrant Pathak

excellent podcast !!

Jun 27th
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Justice

good stuff. she anf her husband were hopelessly corrupt. he's worth 1.5bn Dollars

Jun 26th
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shambhu arvind

beautifully rendered. listening to this is not a chore but enlightening

Jun 25th
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Sandeep Kumar

Brilliant podcast, well researched and detailed.

Jun 20th
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Shivam Kaushik

Shook me to my core. At last it is proven "Power is Power"

Jun 14th
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Ian Greig

The level within the Deep State and allies involved in this murder is staggering but not surprising. Great podcast very interesting, very well produced and well presented.

Jun 13th
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