Death Anniversary: Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto

Posted on April 4, 2008
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Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan ZulfiToday, April 4, marks the death anniversary of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

There is probably no other political figure since Mohammad Ali Jinnah who has left as deep and lasting a shaddow on Pakistan politics as Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB). You can love him or hate him, but you cannot possibly ignore him.
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Those who love him, love him with a passion that few – if any – other Pakistani leaders evoke. Those who hate him – and many seem to do – do so with equal ferocity. No one I know is indifferent to him.

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Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan ZulfiI use the words “love” and “hate” because the intensity of people’s views on him cannot really be captured by dispassionate terms such as “like” and “dislike” alone. Whatever else we might think of him, no one can deny his intensity, or the intensity with which Pakistanis of all generations – including those who have never even seen him – talk about him.

So today, on his death anniversary, let me not talk about my views on him. Let him talk to us himself. In his own words and in his own unique and passionate style.

77 Comments on “Death Anniversary: Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto”

  1. Nimi says:
    April 4th, 2008 3:46 am

    Great post! revives so many strong memories. Whatever he was, good or bad, his time was a period of political experimentation with no other example in Pakistan. When I happen to talk to young people who havn’t lived that period, it often appears to me that there is a hole in their education of pakistani political history.

    Western media also, who does not know father Bhutto’s time so well is taken aback by the current political development in Pakistan. For other people having witnessed that effervessence, this is a difficult but awaited return to normalcy.

    Bhutto’s radio speaches used to last around 2 hours live with listners holding their breath so emotional it used to become sometimes. Watching this collection of extracts, I felt that shiver in my blood again.

  2. April 4th, 2008 9:09 am

    More importantly, it also coincides with the death of Martin Luther King.

  3. Mustafa says:
    April 4th, 2008 9:17 am

    A great Awami leader. The only one we ever got. He was truly a leopard, unfortunately we just got too many foxes.

  4. April 4th, 2008 9:26 am

    he was a visionary!

  5. Imtiaz Alam Sheikh says:
    April 4th, 2008 9:29 am

    Despite having his faults and flaws, Z. A. Bhutto was the greatest leader Pakistan had after Jinnah. People loved him and still love him even after 29 years.

    NA will pass a resolution declaring his hanging as Judicial Murder but what about punishing those responsible? Can we expect it from a PPP government who is clearly sympathetic towards another military dictator who have caused all the humanly possible damage to Pakistan and has been accused of involved in Benazir’s murder too?

  6. faraz Waseem says:
    April 4th, 2008 9:41 am

    Well on social front he was great leader. But on economic front, his nationalization policy demaged our economy for years to come.

    One more thing, in 1973 constitution he abolished “constitutional saftey” of civil servants, meaning a civil servant can now be fired by PM or president. It made civil servants subjugated to our rulers.

    Overall he was a great awami leader and dont derserve the death sentence given to hum by court.

  7. Tariq Malik says:
    April 4th, 2008 10:13 am
  8. Rizwan says:
    April 4th, 2008 10:25 am
  9. Kamran Bokhari says:
    April 4th, 2008 10:32 am

    I thank Adil Najam and the people who manage this portal for posting these videos, which have brought many tears to my eyes. All I can think of are the words of Iqbal….hazaron saal nargis apni benouri pay roti hai – barri mushkil say hota hai chaman main deedawar paida…..

  10. April 4th, 2008 11:03 am

    ATP Friends,

    Consider another perspective on Bhutto saab via link:



  11. Darwaish says:
    April 4th, 2008 1:22 pm

    The videos do not seem to work for me. I am getting “Sorry the video is no longer available” message when I click to play. Is it just me or something wrong with the links?

  12. Hammy says:
    April 4th, 2008 2:38 pm

    we adore him from his personality and the tyranny he faced.

    yes video isnt working, same problem here.

  13. ylh says:
    April 4th, 2008 3:08 pm

    We admire leaders but we don’t learn from their mistakes. Bhutto made a fair share but he remains popular because he atleast made an effort to give to the people of Pakistan what Jinnah had promised them “sovereignty”.

  14. kaiser says:
    April 4th, 2008 4:16 pm

    There were two obstacles to Bhutto achieving complete power: the military and the Bengali majority who gave him no support

    He could not remove the military because he had no armed forces of his own. So he had to get another country’s army to remove the military obstacle.

    In 1970, Bhutto did the math: with no traction among the majority Bengalis he knew he could never win an election in united Pakistan – so he agreed with Mujeeb to split the country

    Mujeeb fielded no candidates in WP and Bhutto fielded none in EP: that surely was no coincidence.

  15. Suleman says:
    April 4th, 2008 5:50 pm

    ZA Bhutto had charisma and a personality unlike any present day leaders we have had , he was a man of the masses, sure his arrogance and economic policies needed work. However, I think he is one of the few awami leaders we have had who won respect not only from the awam but from the educated middle class and elite as well.

  16. readinglord says:
    April 4th, 2008 7:05 pm

    Bhutto was a political animal in true literal sense. He got 90,000 Paky army men freed from imprisonment in India but also established FSF, a civil armed force, to counterpoise the army’s onslaught on the nation. He gave the left-over nation a Constitution in 1973 which contained Art.6 to check its subversion or abrogation but amended it soon to make it a ‘Takfiri Fatwa’ to render the faith of every Paky Muslim questionable. He did great blunders indeed which caused the nation some irreparable losses but atoned them all with his ‘Shahadat’ which made him live for ever in the hearts of the people. May God bless him ‘Ajab azzad mard tha’!

  17. PakAm Muslim says:
    April 4th, 2008 7:58 pm

    Can we call Z.A. Bhutto and honest person????

    When Z. A. Bhutto was on trial he was accused of being a “Muslim in name only”. This accusation was levelled by the Lahore High Court Judgment against him of March 1978. Bhutto was very bitter about this, as he has himself stated in his book “If I am assasssinated” on page 41: To vindicate the judgement of the Lahore High Court that I am

  18. Daktar says:
    April 4th, 2008 11:45 pm

    The videos ARE working for me.

    And these are amazing videos, all four of them. That Security COuncil speech and some of the other ones are amazing to see now.

  19. April 5th, 2008 12:41 am

    Can any one in the whole world icluding Amir of jamaat/e/Islami qualify or claim as true Muslim as enunciated in the Holy quoran?
    Humans can only TRY? this applies to every religion.

  20. Eidee Man says:
    April 5th, 2008 3:00 am

    As someone mentioned before, Bhutto was a master politician; the way he exploited the vacuum left by the PML and created the PPP is something to think about. His famous deal with India to bring the troops home was perhaps his finest moment in foreign policy; and their way of paying him back by executing him was perhaps the darkest moment in our countrys history.

    I think the main problem with Bhutto was his arrogance…and that may have been because other people were too fearful of him, and his own circle did not challenge and critique his decisions when they should have.

    I highly recommend the book by Stanley Wolpert, “Zulfi Bhutto of Pakistan.” It’s really well written and unbiased (i.e. Wolpert is not Sindhi)….one of the things that struck me when I read it a few years ago was that ZAB was actually a very self-conscious man, and had somewhat of an inferiority complex, which is ironic because he’s probably the most aggressive, as far as mannerisms, etc are concerned, prime minister or president we’ve ever had. According to Wolpert, Jinnah was the only one ZAB genuinely respected.

    ZAB certainly wasn’t an angel, and he certainly did a lot of things wrong, but the way he (non-violently) fought until the bitter end makes him a hero in my book.

  21. April 5th, 2008 8:16 am

    Good article and generally very nice comments too. ‘you can love him or hate him, but you cannot possibly ignore him’ is equally correct. Mr. Kaiser has a point that many agree with, only history will validate it or otherwise. ZAB had charisma that pulled the crowds around him, had the intelligence to lead and his followers be loved, had ample time at his disposal to make this country what the founding fathers wanted it to be but somehow somewhere he got distracted, made a few blunders, a few grave ones, and he was doomed, very unfortunate! His end should not have been the way it did but then it is the destiny……of the likes of him.

    May Allah bless his soul.

  22. JQ says:
    April 5th, 2008 8:56 am

    The fate of his faith, like all of ours, is between him and Allah alone.

  23. P4P says:
    April 5th, 2008 10:44 am

    Just a minor point re posting of PakAm Muslim says:
    April 4th, 2008 7:58 pm.

    I do not know much about being a Muslim but was not it Mr Bhutto who declared Ahmadis non Muslims and thus made millions of Pakistanis lives awful.
    Is this not a fact that every Pakistani leader from Quaid to Mushraff (except Gen. Zia) enjoyed wine and whiskey and Bhuotto was the one who banned drink, but continued to drink himself, so the most of the upper classes. Unless we face facts honestly we will never become a democracy. Nation needs to look at itself inorder to be around another 60 years.

  24. Jamshed says:
    April 5th, 2008 10:52 am

    na tera Pakista hai..
    na mera Pakista hai..
    jis ka Pakistan hai..
    wo Bhutto khandan hai..

  25. Ghalib says:
    April 5th, 2008 2:37 pm

    People remember him thats enough! people still vote for his name! how many time army and establishment will stop!

    He is loved loathed and even his worst enemies respected him for his conviction! a politician of class!

  26. meengla says:
    April 5th, 2008 3:45 pm

    Though too young to know what politics was I, like many of the Urdu-speaking Karachiites, was told that Bhutto was REALLY bad and we were even told to offer ‘Azan’ on roofs by the likes of Pir Pagara to seek mercy if Bhutto was released by Zia. Ahh, those ‘No Sitaray’ clowns! Memory is not clear but I remember a sense of satisfaction hearing of ZAB’s execution. I DO remember that 1-2 days before his execution I heard the rumours of the date being 4th April. I also remember often taunting an old Punjabi ‘Thelay Wala’ (mobile fruit seller) that his beloved Bhutto would be hanged; to this he would chase after we little boys, cursing us.
    How sad! The guilt is impossible to wash away. After Jinnah we had one great leader which was ZAB and we let him die. As if that was not enough we have just seen the murder of BB–the next great leader.
    I fully agree what Eidee Man says about Bhutto. I also think that mostly by robbing Pakistan of its greatest leaders can a ‘leader’ like Nawaz Sharif emerge. Today the PPP is facing dwindling support in Punjab (and hence a secondary role in Pakistani politics) and the main reason is that the PPP has yet to have its own CM in Punjab since 1977 while NS and other flavors of Muslim League have held power in all but 3 years since 1977. If ZAB was alive, I am sure that would not be the case.
    Rest in Peace ZAB.

  27. ISMAILHUSAIN says:
    April 5th, 2008 5:29 pm

    You are right. You can love him or hate him but you cannot ignore him. He was larger than life and he still impacts Pakistan politics. It is amazing how he set up a new party and made it what he did. No one else was able to do that.

  28. ISMAILHUSAIN says:
    April 5th, 2008 5:30 pm

    I will add, if anyone today can do that and raise a new party and get support for it, then that will be Aitizaz Ahsan.

  29. readinglord says:
    April 5th, 2008 6:24 pm

    JQ says:
    April 5th, 2008 8:56 am

    “The fate of his faith, like all of ours, is between him and Allah alone.”

    Then why those Pakies, and Pakies alone, who claim to be Muslims and had even voted Pakistan into existence, are made to submit declarations about their faith to the faithless and corrupt beaurocracy?

    And why the discussions held in the National Assembly on the issue of the faith of Pakies in 1973 prior to the passage of the Second Amendment to the Constitution have not been made public to this day?

    “Ham jo taareek raahon mein maare gaye”

    Can any body please enlighten me in this respect?

  30. Riaz Haq says:
    April 6th, 2008 1:05 am

    On the 40th anniversary of his assassination, Martin Luther King is appropriately being remembered this week for his civil rights struggle that has allowed Barrack Obama, an African American, to be the leading Presidential candidate for a major party nomination in the United States. This is also the week that Pakistani leader Zulfikar Bhutto was assassinated using the court system by Gen Zia-ul-Haq twenty nine years ago. Bhutto is being remembered as a leader who has captured the imagination of the poor and the disenfranchised masses in Pakistan seeking basic economic improvement in their lives, just as Martin Luther King did among the minorities and the poor in the United States. The Bhutto legacy lives on as Pakistanis have voted PPP into office once again. As Pakistani urban middle class asserts itself in Pakistan as seen with the success of PML(N) and MQM with their urban power bases, the PPP needs to find a way to broaden its base from rural Sind and Southern Punjab to the urban middle class to maintain its leading position in Pakistani politics. It’s going to be a daunting task, given the mostly feudal zamindar leadership of the PPP.

  31. Laila Ahmed says:
    April 6th, 2008 4:00 am

    Bhutto’s mother came from a poor family and was not treated well by some of her in-laws. This left a deep imprint on his mind. He genuinely and passionately cared for the poor and still rules their hearts in a manner no other Pakistani leader does or did. He was a great nationalist and an honest leader who stood up to the Army generals and America and did not compromise on his principles till his last moments even though a telephone with a hot line to Zia was put outside his death cell so that he could make a call for mercy but he chose death.

  32. faraz Waseem says:
    April 6th, 2008 12:18 pm

    I was talking with one of my Bengali friend in Boston and he thinks that Bhutto was as much responsible for bloodshed in Bengal as was Pakistan Army.

    So it all depends whom you are talking too. For some he was after God, for others he was evil.

  33. zia m says:
    April 6th, 2008 1:10 pm

    Bhutto’s picture with Zia shaking hands is very telling.
    He should have never allowed Zia to even shine his shoes.Army dictators are always there to destroy Pakistan.
    Bhutto was born in a wrong country!

  34. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    April 6th, 2008 4:44 pm


    Bhutto split Pakistan not a General,
    Bhutto should be hanged 24 times

    Zia, as compared to Bhutto was an angel !!
    I will welcome from anyone, a chronological encounter
    of historical events, pls. consult history not GEO TV

  35. readinglord says:
    April 6th, 2008 6:00 pm

    Says Mian Mohd Bakhsh:

    “Neechaan di ashnaai kolon feiz kise nah paaya
    Kikar te angoor charhhaaya te har guchha zakhmaaya”.

  36. readinglord says:
    April 6th, 2008 6:18 pm

    If Bhutto’s death sentence was a ‘judicial murder’ why it’s perpetrators were not punished by Benazir during her regime as Hassina Wajid did with the murderers of her father, Mujibur Rehman. No body, I wonder, even tried to trace out the approver in the Judicial muder, Masud Mehmood, who might have divulged many secrets and conspiracies.

  37. meengla says:
    April 6th, 2008 9:08 pm

    The subject of ‘judicial murder’ must be debated.
    has two articles. The 2nd one is from Asghar Khan–supposedly the man who wanted to hang Bhutto from the Attock bridge? Read how carefully AND dispassionately Asghar Khan analyzes Bhutto’s trial.
    The first article by Kamran Shafi is about the needed ‘catharsis’ and that can only happen if the matter is debated in the changed circumstance. It is said that the PM BB in 1988 gave up the idea in confronting Bhutto’s killers because, to quote her, “The Assembly is full of Zia’s Baqiat”.

    This is the first time since 1977 where the Establishment of Pakistan is so-weakened against the PPP and hence PPP is now ready dig up old issues.

    Again, please read Asghar Khan’s article in light of his own role in Bhutto’s downfall.

  38. meengla says:
    April 6th, 2008 9:25 pm

    I’d like to quote one paragraph from Kamran Shafi’s article, as linked from post above. I am doing it because, in my opinion, Pakistan’s ethnic fault-lines are potentially explosive and we all must be very careful lest a situation arises where Sindh (both urban and rural) decide to go the E. Pakistan route. Specifically, the strategy similar to that of the likes of Pervez Elahi to become the PM of Pakistan on the back of his home-province alone is most certainly to cause at least Sindh to hasten (I say ‘hasten’ not ‘start’ deliberately) its break. The consequences of ZAB and now BB’s murder can be disastrous for Pakistan’s unity. Even Zia was aware of the consequences of ZAB’s murder.

    Anyway, here is the quote from Kamran Shafi.

    ——————————-QUOTED BELOW —–
    “Yes, the catharsis such as the one that has started to happen must
    happen. The young people of today must be told of the shoddiness and
    illegality and downright cruelty in which an elected leader was hanged
    by a military dictator in a well-thought out operation: to have him
    convicted by judges of a High Court who were openly inimical to him,
    specially the Chief Justice Maulvi Mushtaq; to then contrive to bring
    about changes in the Supreme Court through the most blatant chicanery
    so that the majority of the bench would consist of Punjabis; and then
    to murder him even though the verdict of the Supreme Court was four
    for hanging and three for outright acquittal. It is important for our
    children to know that the four judges who condemned Bhutto were
    Punjabis and the three who acquitted him were non-Punjabis. It is
    important for them to know that never has a death sentence been
    carried out where there was a split verdict, let alone one with the
    narrowest possible majority such as in this case. This is most
    critical, so that our succeeding generations (if what remains of
    Pakistan survives this latest onslaught by self-same Establishment,
    mark) are aware that deep provincial divides can occur when the
    majority province becomes a handmaiden to the completely venal
    Establishment of the Land of the Pure.”

  39. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    April 7th, 2008 8:36 am


    High treason, commanditairing killings, murders,
    the Pakistani generation knows and will always
    remember all about this hanging.

    One out of thousands of proves, existance of Bangladesh,
    will remind us all, every second of 24 hours a day,
    the ugly treason of Bhuttos & PPP will remain a Himalayan truth,
    What shall I do with Kamran Shafi’s paper load,
    first pass through the ” guillotine ” and spread on the soil
    of Ghari Khuda Bakh.

    What is there to debate ??
    The split of Islamic Republic of Pakistan,
    The Bangla-Bundhoo & NAP (1/2 sisters of Bhashani, Wali )
    The creation of Bangladesh,
    Conspiracy of Indian Indira
    Conspiracy of fraudulent ” Quaid-e-Awaam ” a Pakistani
    With just one simple judgement, Bhutto be hanged
    every day.

    Come on meengla give us a break !!!
    Pakistan People’s Party

  40. Umar Akbar says:
    April 7th, 2008 11:48 am

    I will be grateful if Z.A. Bhutto’s followers could explain what good Bhutto and his daughter and her husband did for Pakistan. Rather than promote a cultlike trance of empty rhetoric, are they willing to accept that Z.A. Bhutto was responsible for the division of Pakistan? Moreover, if Bhutto was so amazingly brilliant and super-intelligent, why did he make such a poor judgment when hand-picking the Chief of Army Staff, thus digging his own grave? Actions speak louder than words, and the Bhutto clan’s corruption and incompetence can never be drowned by songs of fulsome praise.

  41. nudma says:
    April 7th, 2008 1:22 pm

    some people are born great some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them and BHUTTO surely belongs to third category. he stood by these bloody basters zia, ayub and americans but never gave way to the destruction of this country. people involve him in the separation of Pakistan but it is a fact that he could not accept the six points given by MUJEEB that were not in the favour of Pakistan.
    he was clearly told by americans that they will make him a horrible example if he doesnot quit his nuclear project and ……………….he was eliminated. even then if people show suspicious eye then i will have to admit this sentence that” BHUTTO WAS NOT FIT FOR PAKISTAN WHERE HE IS NOT JUDGED BY THE CONTENT OF HIS CHARACTER history reveals that a broken state was given to him and he lifted this supressed nation from ashes and gave tonge to the broken hearts. peole like him are worthy of worship . bhutto rules the hearts of millions in Pakistan and across the border. JEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAY BHUTTO!!!

  42. Ali says:
    April 7th, 2008 8:53 pm

    So all of a sudden, a convicted criminal and a murderer is a star and a martyr?

  43. Ghalib says:
    April 8th, 2008 12:51 am

    how many remember Iskander Mirza? Ayub with good? how many can loathe Yahya? How many speak good about Zia! if u get all of them together they cant make one Z A Bhutto! Zia knew it noose is one and 2 heads!

  44. April 8th, 2008 7:50 am

    Bhutto was intelligent, but he can’t be made a hero on this virtue alone. He failed as a politician, he failed as a lawmaker, he failed as a strategist. He was a poor speaker, he was two-faced, he was bad judge of character and very paranoid. He forgot his friends very quickly and never accepted his mistakes.

    You can replace “he” with “she” and it will be Benazir’s character sketch. And if you add scoundrel, thug, lout etc in each sentence it will be Zaradari’s.

  45. meengla says:
    April 8th, 2008 7:42 pm

    While the breakup of E.Pakistan is not the subject here we keep seeing the same old accusation against ZAB.
    has 2 videos. Both are about ZAB’s life. The top one (Part I) starts discussing the breakup of E. Pakistan around minute 39. Not much is ‘news’ for me. But at minute 48, a lady speaker says somethings really interesting (and shameful for Pakistanis). To paraphrase her:
    “During the crackdown in E. Pakistan ONLY 6 women came out against the crackdown in W. Pakistan. Even rape was justified by saying that these Bengalis’ next generation will probably have prettier faces”.

    ZAB was not alone in asking Mujib ur Rehman to modify his “6-Points”. Most of the W. Pakistan was in conflict against Mujib’s points. And just today I read that the new Baluchistan Assembly is asking to make a new Constitution in line with the 1940 Objective Resolution so that the Center keeps only 4 portfolios. And if tomorrow Sindh Assembly does the same then who can stop a repeat of E. Pakistan?

  46. April 9th, 2008 1:49 am

    zia took oath on Quran to justify his love for bhutto and bhutto family and even the judge said that he sentenced him to death only for his personel interests , every country pleaded for his bale but zia was such a staunch supporter of american ideology that he accepted nothing but the undue brutal and unjustified killing of an innocent man. history speaks his importance for some it is negative and for some rather most, it is positive as it is showwn ON 29th MARCH WHEN SYED YOUSAF RAZA GILLANI GOT VOTE FROM THE WHOLE HOUSE WHICH WAS ACTUALLY AN OPEN “YES” TO THE THE IDEOLOGIES OF BHUTTO AND BENAZIR BHUTTO.

  47. April 9th, 2008 5:45 pm

    bhutto is responsible for creation of bangla desh.what a nation to call him a leader even………..

  48. Ali Khan says:
    April 11th, 2008 12:17 am

    Zia Kirmani,

    Pakistan’s literacy rate is only 50%. Our nation is very emotional. Just because Benazir died, people changed their loyalty towards PPPP. Remember back in 2002 how religious parties won tremendous support?

    Samething now. Have elections in 2-3 years and you will see what happens. PPPP is only for interior Sindh, that is it.

  49. Meengla says:
    April 11th, 2008 1:35 pm

    To quote Aitzaz Ahsan, ‘there was not much sympathy vote’ in Feb. 2008 elections; if there was much vote then, like the Congress Party in India of 1984 following Indira’s murder, PPP would have swept to power. But hardly. Yes, there was some sympathy vote but PPP could not even match its previous highest of 37% votes; this time it was only 33%.
    And this argument of people being ‘emotional’ is along the same line as people being ‘uneducated’. When somebody from the West praises BB then it is painted as her and her party being a ‘puppet’ of the West. When Pakistanis vote for her party then they are dubbed ‘jahil awam’ etc.

    To me PPP remains the best hope for uniting Pakistanis from all parts of Pakistan. If PPP had played the old game it could have its own Chief Minister in all 4 provinces while forming the govt. in the Center. It was not hard to do. Is there any other party which can claim that? MQM, PMLN, ANP, BNP are all basically ethnic-based parties. Look at the leadership of PMLN? Who do you see except politicians from Punjab? What do you think is going to happen if PMLN is voted into power on the back of votes from Punjab only? Do we not know the ethnic faultlines of Pakistan?

    Today Pakistan faces grave internal and external dangers. The way to confront the dangers is to face them as a united country. It should be a matter of grave concern to all Pakistanis that Iran–a prime target of Western wrath since 1979–is far more peaceful than Pakistan which has been a ‘trusted ally’ for decades. Why is that so? It is because Iranians, while not perfect, are far more united in their nationhood. And if Pakistanis miss this chance given to them by the voters on Feb. 18th and let military and its henchmen rule then the consequences can be very harmful for Pakistan’s unity.

    ZAB’s PPP is now a much weaker force in Pakistan thanks to relentless propaganda and repression spanning most of last 3 decades. But the party is still the most powerful uniting force in Pakistan. Weakening it and painting it as merely the party of Bhutto-clan is not going to help the cause of Pakistan.

  50. Al Khair says:
    September 13th, 2008 2:45 pm

    Bhutto is great,oh you! who oppose him you are biased.Today after 3 decades –when everything has changed–every noble soul who is wellwisher of pakistan and muslims–longs for Bhutto–asking where is Bhutto? We need a Bhutto.Bhutto is born once.

  51. October 5th, 2008 3:15 am

    to know about Shaheed Z A Bhutto

  52. Dr. Hameed Rana says:
    December 28th, 2008 12:03 am

    Zardari has been bad for the PPP because he has split teh party and it is in leadership crisis, but the fact is that this 10% thing no longer makes sense. Nothing was proved against him even when people had full motive and state instrument to prove things. And this time not a single scandal of corruption has come up despite a very free press.

    BB is missed and I think things would have been very different. First all the ISI types who are now launching a campaign against Zaradri bc of his reputation would not have been able to be as effective. The problems of terrorism and economy are the legacy of Musharraf and they would have been the same even if she was alive. But ordinary Pakistanis would have had more hope because she always gave people hope. That was her real magic.

    I think that the one area in which Zardari has failed the most is in raising international support and she wold have been perfect for that. Between the defensiveness of the generals and the inexperience of Zardari our international reputation is now at the lowest as we see in this crisis. With her that would be the biggest difference.

  53. adeel says:
    December 28th, 2008 1:59 am

    Can anyone tell me who is Zulfiqar Bhutto referring to in the second last video, where tells them to go to hell?

  54. farrukh paris says:
    March 9th, 2009 3:00 pm

    ZA, was a leader, no body can ever compeete with him, he was intelligent he made some mistakes but he was punished more harder then hi mistakes, i believe if he was alive we would not have been here, where we are today, pakistan would have preogressed and we would must have been included in developped countries its very unfortunate that we lost a leader like him, we didnt give him some time to serve this country and after him we did the same with BB, we alway kills our populaire leaders, we as a nation should be shamefull on what we did, we were not able to save our leaders, to save them form dictators we should have fought for them but we were failed to do that and we are still not able to fight and defend our leaders, now same thing is happenning with NS et SS, i ask u all those who will learn my article that is there anybody who can stop it? who will stop this ? we as a nation should stand, and stand by our leaders not the leaders like AZ but NS ANS SS

  55. meengla says:
    April 4th, 2009 8:30 pm

    Today was the 30th death anniversary of ZAB. I can’t believe that, from boyhood time as a Bhutto-hater, I have now so much respect for the man. He certainly had his faults but he was punished far too much for his faults.
    As to the ‘judicial murder’, today, no one disputes that ZAB got a ‘judicial murder’ except a few people like Zia ul Haq’s son Aijaz ul Haq.

  56. mian khan says:
    April 5th, 2009 12:50 am

    30th death anniversary of ZAB

    It is sad what happened to ZAB, but then again ZAB or Pakistanis are NOT relatives of Allah.

  57. April 6th, 2009 12:44 pm

    Every now and then I see comments made about Ahmadis in this blog. Many are made by ahmadis like myself, but many come from other contributors; some of these remarks may give hints to the reason this whole problem started. The late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto is thought to have started the whole process. I think almost everyone apart from die hard jayalas agree that ZAB was a great leader, but a flawed one. His 1974 amendment was an example of his political cunning which went horribly wrong. Ahmadis were declared non-muslims

  58. Farrukh says:
    April 6th, 2009 1:50 pm

    Dear Lutful Islam, this is a very interesting comment – article really. I did’nt know more of these details although I have always thought that this decision was Bhutto’s and Pakistan’s lowest moment. What surprised me most is role of Kausar Niazi. He is not really my favorite individual. I wonder if he actually tried hard enough.

    What is difficult to figure out is that if teh Ahmadi community was so helpful to Bhutto in his elections, why would he abandon them so quickly. Did he think this was a decision he could later reverse?

  59. April 6th, 2009 4:36 pm

    Dear Farrukh,

    thanks for your comment. Bhutto always thought that he was solving a problem. He obviously did not care for what happened afterwards. The events of 1974, OIC conference, the 2nd amendment, and of the adjacent years stamped Bhutto’s authority on Pakistani politics. He had too many battles to win and I doubt if he understood the true ramifications of his own actions.

  60. G.A. Siddiqui says:
    April 7th, 2009 12:30 am

    Lutful Islam, I think you are too kind to Bhutto. I think he knew exactly what he was doing and did not care at all.

    Also, the Saudi pressure also played.

    But what he did with this action is to give the Mullahs their greatest victory and the sense that now they could do anything they wanted. That i what ultimately led to the mess we are in now.

  61. April 7th, 2009 6:16 am

    The remaining portion of my post which was edited from the original due to message length..

    On March 14th, a couple was brutally murdered in their home in Multan. This was on the eve of the great celebration when Pakistanis got their justice system back. I searched for the news story on all the online papers and TV stations. I could not find it. Both victims were doctors and were receiving threats from unknown zealots. In September last year, two more prominent ahmadis were murdered after the broadcast of

  62. April 7th, 2009 8:20 am

    Dear GA,

    I doubt if Bhutto forsaw the monster he had unleashed. He was in the position to take Pakistan into the first world. His actions pushed us back to the stone age.

  63. Rahman says:
    April 7th, 2009 5:25 pm

    Why does this Qadiani issue keep coming up again and again and again.

  64. April 7th, 2009 5:34 pm


    This issue keeps coming up because Ahmadis are being murdered in Pakistan. I have yet to see the day when atleast one person is convicted for the crime of the murder of an Ahmadi.

  65. mirza ulug beigh says:
    April 8th, 2009 12:54 am

    Those who opposed him are now competing with each other to declare him innocent.When mind gets blocked by narrow vision and hypocrisy Great people like Bhutto are eliminated.Bhuttos death by the hands of his chosen one will remove the word trust from dictionnary.To them who are still biased against him ,isnt it enough to see the poisonous fruits now erupting every were which were sown after him?which are engulfing you now.

  66. Daktar says:
    April 8th, 2009 11:36 pm

    Of all of Bhutto’s legacies, his decision on Ahmadis is the most tragic. I cannot imagine how he did this and why he did not thin of the consequences.

    Oddly, of all his sins this is the one that is talked about the least and is the one that is least reversible.

    I do not think we have slipped as deep into Mullahcracy as we have BECAUSE of this decision, but I do know that this decision was the first step towards the mess we are in and should have been the first indication of just how horrible it is to mix religion and government.

    I fear that there is no scenario in which I see this being reversed anytime soon!!!

    May Allah forgive all of us Pakistanis on what we have done here!

  67. April 9th, 2009 12:50 pm

    I think ZAB regretted many things during his last days. His lawyer mentions something in passing in this BBC interview. I am not sure what he exactly meant though.

  68. AFTAB says:
    April 9th, 2009 1:42 pm

    The problems you are seeing in Pakistan all stem from the decision that Bhutto took on teh Ahmedis and that has led to the rising power of the Mullahs. You reap what you sow!

  69. Afsandyar says:
    April 9th, 2009 3:38 pm

    I am sorry, even though the Ahmedia decision was a big big mistake and injustice, I DO NOT think that it is the CAUSE of all the mess we are now in. Lets not mix up things. I agree that was wrong and an injustice. But lets not be one-track about this either.

  70. Obaid says:
    April 10th, 2009 4:11 am

    A truly terrible event that occurred in Bhutto

  71. April 13th, 2009 8:47 pm

    Another Bhutto conversation preserved by the Late Khalid Hasan on the Topic.

    “I asked him (Prof Salam) why he had resigned after the 1974 decision. He told me that it was the same question Bhutto had asked him.

  72. Mahboob says:
    June 30th, 2009 11:42 am

    I endorse bhutto did blunder but it was one of the reasons leading to present mess.Bhutto failed to bring about reforms and to mobilize society for nation building.The same forces which Bhutto spared devoured him.Zia in fact did real damage bringing total disillusionment.
    Objective Resolution, Anti Ahmadi Movement of 1952, coining of ideology of Pakistan, Bhutto’s blunder vis a vis Ahmadis and Ziaism, all need to be considered in conjuction for analyzing present ideological mess.

  73. September 4th, 2009 11:06 am

    Mahpara Safdar (the famouse newscaster) recalls,

    مجھے یاد ہے 1976 میں پیپلز پارٹی سال بھر قائد اعظم کا سواں یوم پیدائش مناتی رہی۔ لیکن در پردہ یہ ذوالفقار علی بھٹو کا سیاسی تشخص بہتر بنانے کی ایک حکمت عملی نظر آتی تھی۔ ہر سرکاری اور نیم سرکاری تقریب میں ذوالفقار علی بھٹو کا موازنہ قائد اعظم سے کیا جاتا اور قائد اعظم کے مقابلے میں انہیں قائد عوام قرار دیا جاتا رہا، اور ان کی شخصیت سازی کی تشہیر میں ٹی وی اور ریڈیو پیش پیش تھا۔ ٹی وی کی کوئی خبر ذوالفقار علی بھٹو کے ساتھ قائد عوام لگائے بغیر مکمل نہیں ہوا کرتی تھی۔ یہاں تک کہ ریڈیو پر ایسے گیت تیار کیے جاتے رہے جن کے مصرعوں کے درمیان وزیر اعظم بھٹو کے مختلف عوامی اجتماعات سے خطاب کے چھوٹے چھوٹے اقتباس شامل ہوتے تھے۔

  74. January 9th, 2010 10:43 am

    Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto
    Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
    Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari Aseefa Bhutto Zardari
    from sulman arshad firdous park LGH LAHORE

  75. Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto says:
    April 3rd, 2010 2:06 am

    my name is Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto……

    the name says it all…….

    that Shaheed never dies………they are given food, but we can not understand……written in Quran…….

    one Bhutto is martyred, thous—ands

    will rise……

  76. Jamshed says:
    April 3rd, 2010 7:32 am

    The Rawalpindi district jail where he spent his last days is now the Jinnah Park,complete with a McDonald’s and a multiplex.
    Often while taking a walk in the park,I’ve wondered where his cell once was and where he was hanged.There is no indication.

  77. November 2nd, 2010 4:36 am

    Butto is heart and soul of people especially the out casted one the labors the farmer and the people who were living under the line of poverty once he came in our primary school with Mumtaz Kahloon and met the children

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