The F.E. Choudhry Gallery: Jiss dhaj say koee maqtal meiN gaya

Posted on June 25, 2008
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Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto going to Court for his Murder trial

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in Court for his murder trial by Zia ul HaqA large number of the photographs in the F.E. Chaudhry Collection are of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto during the time of the Bhutto Primiership. None are more riveting for those interested in Pakistan’s history than the one of Mr. Bhutto’s trial in the Lahore High Court during 1978.

In the last installment from the F.E. Choudhry Gallery we brought you scenes of public agitation from outside the Lahore High Court where Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s trial was proceeding. Today we bring you some amazing photographs from inside the Lahore High Court.

These pictures are amazing indeed. If you did not know of the context you would never guess that the smartly dressed, confident, self-assured man in all of them is the “accused” being led by his captives to court. It truly reminds one of Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s immortal verse:

jiss dhajj say koee maqtal meiN gaya
woh shaan salamat rehti hai,
Yeh jaan tou aani jaani hai
iss jaan ki koee baat nahiN

If one did not know of the context one could easily assume that this is a confident Prime Minister, walking with his head held high, accompanied by his security detail. Instead, what it actually is a deposed Prime Minister being taken to court for a mock trial by the dictator who disposed him and surrounded by his captors and guards. He walks elegantly and confidently in and out of the court while police escorts follows keeping a respectful distance as if led by Mr. Bhutto into a state function.

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These four photographs attest to Mr. Bhutto’s sense of dress and decorum, but even more to his sense of history. Each one rivals the others in terms of Bhutto’s formal attire. Of course, Mr. Bhutto knew the fate that awaited him and in some ways he dressed not just for that moment, but for that fate. His sense of defiance was reflected through his choice of clothes and his calm, confident and self-assured appearance.

All these photographs from chacha F.E. Chaudhry, but especially this next one, also demonstrate what leadership really is. It comes not just from the office but from the person. It is the police that is supposed to be “leading” Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to court, and he who is supposed to be “following” them. Instead, it is very clear for all to see who is “leading” whom. Those with the guns and batons are “following” the dictates of a dictator. Those whose spirit they are meant to break, a man of many faults no doubts, walks with his head held high because he “leads” with his conscience.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto going to Court for his Murder trialZulfiqar Ali Bhutto going to Court for his Murder trial

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68 Comments on “The F.E. Choudhry Gallery: Jiss dhaj say koee maqtal meiN gaya

  1. Kabir says:
    June 25th, 2008 9:19 pm

    What a man he was!

    Despite all his personal faults, we have had no leader like him. He really was a leader. Even his jailers seem to be be following him!

    A great set of pictures. Thanks for sharing this historical treasure.

  2. June 25th, 2008 9:23 pm

    Indeed a man who was a proud Pakistani leader….

  3. MQ says:
    June 25th, 2008 10:10 pm

    Three things are obvious in these pictures: The man had a sense of history. He had sense of dress. And, he did not dye his hair.

  4. June 25th, 2008 10:18 pm

    extraordinary. here we are proud of him. the crime he lost his life is so common that we will lose our entire so called political leader ship to merely hanging ropes. sarcastic justice of pakistan, to which we are losing our economy plus many things. Restore judges and let the country march to the success.

  5. ShahidnUSA says:
    June 25th, 2008 10:25 pm

    Over confident with foolish pride.
    Typical third world democratic dictator unfortunately. Makes me humble.
    But he dressed well and was ahead of his time and I still would take 10 Bhuttos over one Zia.

  6. Roshan says:
    June 25th, 2008 10:53 pm

    Its superb collection.
    Bhutto was really a leader one should proud of. But unfortunately we could not protect him from Zia’s reign of terror.

  7. Eidee Man says:
    June 26th, 2008 12:52 am

    Love him or hate him, but no one can deny that he single-handedly created the largest and most popular political party in our history. We haven’t been fortunate enough to have too many leaders who would literally give away their life like he did.

  8. Zafar says:
    June 26th, 2008 1:31 am

    Dear ShahidnUSA;

    I think your last sentence should be changed to “I still would take One Bhutto over 10 Zias.”

  9. Sada says:
    June 26th, 2008 2:41 am

    Yes, he looks so calm and nice in the picture but in reality it was not like this. It is now well reported that he was not in his senses before execution. The case in which he was hanged was not that sound as witnesses were not heard and justice wa snot properly done. But this is how natural justice works when yoyu don’t institutionalize justice when you are in the helms of the affirs as Bhutto sb himself was. No one can deny that he snubbed the media, put his opponentants behind the bars and allegdly killed them too. He was a subject to so much controversies as he was talking about socialism and land reforms but then managed to exempt his own land from such schemes. Yes, the greatest thing which he has done was the enactment of the Constitution 1973. But again he was the very first person who shown disrespect to his Constitution.

  10. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    June 26th, 2008 3:49 am

    @what a misfit,
    in the verse referring to SAJH DAJH & MAQTAL,
    a forced, plastic and imposed heritage,
    a home made hero, without value,
    of a punjabi Gandasa Film.
    Indeed deserved a Mazaar, Mujawars, and documentarian
    Karnamah = Bangladesh !!!!!!

  11. Ikram says:
    June 26th, 2008 4:10 am

    Amazing pictures. How much we forget ho easily. Thansk for putting these up.

    And great title too.

  12. Umar Akbar says:
    June 26th, 2008 5:06 am

    Is this defiance, or delusion?

  13. ahsan says:
    June 26th, 2008 8:11 am

    We all thank you for this post about our great fact the greatest. I do not have the time to reply to the comments whose sense of history derives from reading ” Mashurti Aloom and Pakistan Studies ” of ” mutric” class.

    He lived upto his name ” The sword of Ali”. But beore bringing the hundred thousand POWs home, he should also have remebered this saying of Imam Alli ” Jis pay tum nai ehssan kia hai , uus kay shar say bacho”(Beware of the evil of the person to whoim you have done favor”)

  14. Asad says:
    June 26th, 2008 8:45 am

    A great collection of history captured…..

    We our unfortunate to lose leader like him but there is always a hope for more.

  15. Irfan says:
    June 26th, 2008 10:04 am

    It is rightly said that great leaders are born great.
    The charisma and confidence of Zuliqar Ali Bhutto is evident from his posture, his stance, his dress, and his composure despite being under tremendous pressure.
    It is unfortunate that his contemporaries and comrades did not play their role in mobilizing the masses and seriously trying to save him from his unfortunate fate.
    His legacy however survives to this day

  16. Irfan says:
    June 26th, 2008 10:09 am

    I want to add that it is in the last photograph that his shoulders look drooped and his expression uncertain.

    Thanks to ‘Pakistaniat’ for this fantastic collection of photgraphs.

  17. faraz Waseem says:
    June 26th, 2008 10:29 am

    Someone has said that “history” is nothing but “His(Winner) + Story”.

    People are forgetting that our so called democratic elected leaders were corrupt, hypocrate and autocratic. They even killed their opponent and common people on streets.

    Yes democracy is the only way, but we should not make Bhutto, Benazir, Nawaz sharif our national heroes.

  18. Uzma says:
    June 26th, 2008 10:32 am

    Great post. Pictures speak themselves…

  19. shahid says:
    June 26th, 2008 5:07 pm

    It is really incomprehensible that why certain people are afraid to accept the facts.
    When talking about Zulfikar Ali Bhutto I think that “Faiz Ahmed Faiz” very truly depicted about Bhutto

    jiss dhajj say koee maqtal meiN gaya
    woh shaan salamat rehti hai,
    Yeh jaan tou aani jaani hai
    iss jaan ki koee baat nahiN
    whatever Bhutto went through in jail till his elimination from the Pakistan’s political scenario is really commendable.He could have comprised with Gen. Zia and saved his life like Sharif’s did but he did’nt did that.

    We talk of democracy and all the big stuff, lets give a real place to “who deserves that place”.


  20. Ali Dada says:
    June 26th, 2008 10:16 pm

    Dear editors/contributors of this website,

    First of all, thank you very much for such a wonderful website. May Allah SWT reward you all.

    It is my humble request that please refrain from posting anything regarding and/or relating to politics.

    All of us Pakistanis love Pakistan and majority who visit this website live outside of Pakistan. Yet, when discussions on politics begin, we all start fighting and arguing.

    If you can make this website so that anything you post is not controversial or political, it would be great.

    My suggestions are, you post only the following topics:

    .People (ethnic groups)
    .Pakistani achievements

    This things will help us unwind ourselves and to enjoy our days.

  21. the truth says:
    June 26th, 2008 10:25 pm

    By all accounts, Bhutto was confident Zia would not dare to hang him the “leader of the third world”, “champion of Islam” and the “greatest leader since Jinnah himself”.

    I have often felt Mr. Bhutto’s acumen was over played. He made horrible mistakes and in retreat he resembles General Musharraf. Bhutto retreated on several issues where even lesser men took a stand.

    All in all ZAB did not live up to whatever “potential” we want to attribute to him and his political legacy was not liberal democracy but Zia’s Islamization. It is Bhutto who laid the foundation of what was to come under Zia. Zia responded to a decade of Pan-islamic sentiment and “hum mustafvi hain” songs drilled into Pakistanis after the fall of Dhaka (which forced the Pakistani state to rely on Islam instead of Muslim nationhood as justification for Pakistan). Zia was thus the handiwork of Bhutto handpicked by the PM himself.

    And as Eidee said he created the largest political party blah blah… he also blocked the way for the largest Pakistani political party ie Awami League.

    Pakistan would have been a different country had Mujeeb been allowed to come to power then.

    Now coming to the pictures…only the first picture is impressive because Bhutto still is in good health.

    But his confidence seems to be shattered and he seems to be a man at the end of his wits in all the rest.

  22. Shaista says:
    June 26th, 2008 11:10 pm

    Excellent pictures. Bhutto was full of faults, but he really was a leader. That is why his party has survived. His charisma was unparralleled.

  23. Qadir says:
    June 26th, 2008 11:12 pm

    I am too young to remember Bhutto. But these re impressive pictrues, The confidence and character shown in each one of them is such that if he was here now I would feel like following him.

  24. Shabbir says:
    June 26th, 2008 11:42 pm

    Amazing photos!! He is truly confident and a leader till the end. Lets for a moment put aside what good or bad he did for the country, lets just see what he was starring at death. The man lost everything he created and now he is on a trial for his life, yet he is making a choice in every step he is taking to be a leader, not losing sense of himself. Usually a coward would hide or ask to be spared but not Bhutto, in all these photo he is leading the pack. Below are few lines translated from Col. Rafi-ud-Din’s book:
    “After I left his cell, Mr. Bhutto shaved in the presence of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Khawaja Ghulam Rasul at 7:05 p.m. During the shave he had the following conversation with the Deputy Superintendent: Deputy Sahib, where will you find a leader like me? But why would you need a leader like me in the first place? I am needed by the poor, not by the likes of you. I used to make speeches to mochis (cobblers) at Mochi Gate because I am a mochi myself. You people are taking away the leader of the poor from them. I am a revolutionary. I am a supporter of the poor. Yaar, if you had to kill me, why didn’t you kill me two years back? Why didn’t you respect me like the whole world does? I could have been kept in a rest house and could have been killed with dignity. Today, the Chairman of the Islamic Council, who was selected by Muslims all over the world, cannot even shave on his own. You are standing near me so that I don’t hurt myself with the blade. Yes, another thing, yaar, I have troubled you a lot, please forgive me.”
    Do you see why Bhutto is still a hero for many of us…

  25. sidhas says:
    June 27th, 2008 12:20 am

    Among the unfortunate events in Pakistan history and there are many is how opposition “Qomi Ittihad” and Zia dealt with Bhutto.

    I grew up in an environment and family that was opposed to PPP and gave full support to Qomi Ittihad but over the years I have grown to like Bhutto and have reconciled my differences with him.

    After so many years (almost 3 decades), the cliche that one can hate or love Bhutto should be replaced with balanced approach that is to reconcile the autocratic and democratic sides of Bhutto.

    Bhutto was charismatic, modern, intelligent, witty and master of drama. One should also read his books that speak volume about his grasp of foreign affairs and his love for Pakistan. He was also brutal, brute, and egotistical.

    Stanley Wolpert portrays Bhutto a product of two world both liberal and feudal. It is his feudal self that led to his downfall and earned him wrath of most urban Pakistanis whereas his liberal and populist self earned him love and respect and tribute.

    No doubt feudal self got better of him but that did not and will not justify what happened to him. He was and will remain portrait of definace against the military injustices. “tum kitnay Bhutto maro gay, hur ghar se Bhutto niklay ga”.

    He was our Andrew Jackson. Someone who brought politics and politicians to people; with whom people could associate themselves.

    For those who still have not reconciled with Bhutto, let me leave you with some humorous slogans:

    “Ganjay ke sar par hal challay ga, aaj nahi to kal chalay ga.”
    “Opper se geri talwar, Bhutto ki path gae shalwar.

    Note: Hal was election symbol for Qomi Ittihad and Talwar was PPP.
    The guy knew how to connect with people. “roti kapra makan” “shalwar Kameez”.

    I pay my tribute and respect to Bhutto and family, the defiant democrats of Pakistan.

  26. malik says:
    June 27th, 2008 4:02 am

    While agreeing with the fact that the hanging of ZA Bhutto was an unjust divisive act, Bhutto failed himself and Pakistan.
    With everything on his side after 1971 tragedy, Bhutto worked only for own self. His failures as ruler are too many to give him larger than life status.
    Bhutto helped formed the 1973 Constitution, but within four hours of its passage, it was changed through a notification, suspending the basic rights of people of Pakistan. Why? Bhutto wanted to arrest most of his political opponents, which he did , and they remained behind bars for four years.
    Bhutto served a dictator for eight full years before becoming a “democrat”. For him Iskander Mirza (when he was president) was a greater leader than Jinnah!
    He turned out to be one of the most ruthless rulers in Pakistan’s history, both for the opposition and for the people of his party (ask JA Rahim).
    The political history of Pakistan is mired in passion, superlatives and blind following. Unless we see deeds, question them, and make leaders accountable, nothing will change. We will continue to make heroes out of dead people!

  27. Umar Akbar says:
    June 27th, 2008 6:29 am

    Dear Malik,

    Reference your comment:

    ‘The political history of Pakistan is mired in passion, superlatives and blind following. Unless we see deeds, question them, and make leaders accountable, nothing will change. We will continue to make heroes out of dead people!’

    A wise and beautiful summary of the delusion of ‘Bhutto-centricity’. What short memories and big, forgiving hearts must our nation have, to forget and to forgive the incompetence and corruption of previous governments and leaders!

  28. the truth says:
    June 27th, 2008 10:11 am


    Let’s not misquote Mr. Bhutto shall we. What he wrote to Iskandar Mirza, after the latter appointed him to the UN mission was that “your name shall be written before even that of Mr. Jinnah”.

    It was a run of the mill political comment. Otherwise Bhutto was known to be Jinnah’s greatest admirer and certainly the first political leader to firmly associate Pakistani nationalism to Jinnah’s memory.

    From his cell he wrote to Benazir that only three rulers ruled Pakistan fairly and for the people : Quaid-e-Azam, Suhrawardy and Bhutto himself.

    His view of Iskandar Mirza was a poor one considering him to be gullible.

  29. Meengla says:
    June 27th, 2008 12:33 pm

    Yes, Bhutto had many faults and he indeed had the ‘feudal’ tendencies. Yet fuedalism is not confined to landed gentry: It is a state of mind which permeates the Pakistani societies in all places. Jang newspaper has an article by Dr. Safdar Mahmood (the speaker of Zia ul Haq’s Majlis e Shoora?) in which he quite brilliantly points out the various feudal parts of Pakistani society–but urban and rural. Civilian and military. The article was published in Urdu within last 6-7 months and can be looked up; that could be a good separate topic for ATP.

    As to Bhutto’s achievements, they are indeed too numerous to be listed here. But I will respond to someone below who says that Bhutto amended the Constitution to suit his own goals: The PPP did not have to consult anyone to frame the 1973 Constitution in the first place being in a 2/3rd majority in the parliament. The PPP could have chosen whatever it wanted to to ensure that political field would always be in PPP’s favor and that opponents’ moves could be termed ‘unconstitutional’ regardless of their merit. But that was not done so. And anyone growing up in Pakistan through the 70s would tell you that the ‘autocratic’ Bhutto took quite a beating in both media and public demonstrations against him in the height of his power. Indeed he did respond brutally but I am almost certain that the so called leaders of the opposition would do the same. The only Const. Amendment I find unacceptable to me is the declaration of Qadianis as non-Muslims. Other than that, the PPP was well within its rights to amend the Const. being entrusted by the people.

    Finally, thanks for sharing the pictures. It is too painful to watch all of them and so I won’t follow the link. But, just like Sidhas, I too grew up in Karachi as PNA supporter and a Bhutto hater but have grown to like the Bhuttos a lot.

    Long live Bhuttos!

  30. Kabir says:
    June 27th, 2008 1:14 pm

    In the last picture, is he handcuffed to the man on his left?

  31. Boston Tea Party says:
    June 28th, 2008 4:08 am

    I am disgusted by the manner in which Bhutto and his “baqiat” are being eulogised and lionised on this popular web-site by Adil Najam.

    “Woh shaan salamat….” is for those millions of innocents who lost their lives after Bhutto’s military friends surrendered to India in Paltan Maidan Dhaka…

    Are you too, Adil Najam , an opportunist like Gerneral Gulzar Pervert Kiyani?

  32. Zecchetti says:
    June 28th, 2008 6:19 am

    In my point of view, Gen. Zia-ul-Haq was a great leader. This is because he enjoined the Haq and forbade the Batil, just as the Holy Qur’an instructs us to do so.

    How many madrassas are there thanks to Gen Zia? How many Hafiz Qur’ans are there thanks to Zia? Without his influence and his legacy, Pakistan today would be far far away from Islam and there would be all kinds of fassaad in the land (even though there already is a lot of it, but without Gen Zia it would be far worse).

    So Alhamdulillah.

    May Allah bless his soul and grant him Jannatul Firdous, ameen.

  33. Baqiat says:
    June 28th, 2008 10:59 am

    The idea being planted by “Boston Tea Party” in ISI style that “woh shaan salamat rehti hai” is about the fall of Dhaka only shows that the commenter has no idea of Faiz Ahmed Faiz as a poet and in intellectual or the context of his poetry. First you guys twist the sayings of Jinnah to mean things that were never intended and now you do the same to Faiz. Same type of people misrepresent the Quran too. Kuch sharam karo, yaar.

  34. the truth says:
    June 29th, 2008 2:35 am

    Zechetti mian,

    I suppose when all Muslim men would be hafiz-e-Quran and all women will wear the hijab, Pakistan would become the land of milk and honey eh?

    You guys are a waste. Pakistan already has a disproportionately large number of mosques etc but people like you would rather build mosques than schools.

  35. Asadullah says:
    June 29th, 2008 11:06 am

    I grew up not liking Bhutto because my family did not like him for some reason. But I must confess that everyone after him (including his daughter and now son-in-law) had convinced me that he was indeed am amazing leader. He made the country feel proud of itself and seeing these pictures I can see why.

  36. Asadullah says:
    June 29th, 2008 11:08 am

    This is not a post on Bangladesh so I will respect your comment policy and not talk on unrelated stuff, beyond that there is much to talk about 1971 and what was or was not Bhutto’s role in it.

  37. Qureshi says:
    June 29th, 2008 11:11 am

    THANK YOU to Mr. Nadeem Omar for bringing us all the memories in all of this series, including this one. You have reminded us of so many things that we have forgotten. I look forward to even more in this series. Sepcially the social issues like the one on women rickshaw drivers. Thank you.

  38. ShahidnUSA says:
    June 29th, 2008 12:56 pm

    @ Dear Zafar
    Thanks for the correction. Yes I would take ONE BHUTTO out of 10 ZIA.

    And I like “the truth” I hope it didnt hurt anybody. :-)

    Plus sadly what is common among Richard Armitage and religious fanatics is that they all want to send pakistan back to the stone age. Infact some of the religious fanatics are still living in one. Caves and all.

  39. meengla says:
    June 29th, 2008 9:37 pm

    Sindhi is not my ‘mother tongue’ but I have been blessed to learn the language because I was an ‘Urdu Speaking’ from Karachi.

    Is a great short history of ZAB and Pakistan. The more you watch this video the more you may get an idea of ZAB of being a flawed, autocratic man but with great intelligence. His intelligence would have off-setted his flaws by a big margin. But then we have our proto-Taliban like Zia supported by America and, to a lesser extent, by Punjab.

  40. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    June 30th, 2008 1:51 am

    @Stereotype, non-political, propagandist comments,
    trying to show that Bhuttos electors were dropped out of
    heaven and that Talibans didn’t know how to battle ??

    ” Master’s opinions are necessarily ours ”

    itna jhoot bolo kay wo sach sunaai day !!!
    Although there was only one ZIA but thousands of Bhuttos !

    but then, there are voices like Zechetti and Mazaiydar Tea
    Party, carry on chums,

    My personal opinion is Mard-e-Haq, Zia-Al Haq !
    Even if ATP dislikes !

    Jiwey, Jiwey Pakistan

  41. Malik says:
    June 30th, 2008 2:39 am

    My Dear The Truth,

    I am reproducing the two paragraphs from Bhutto’s letter to Iskander Mirza.

    My dear Sir

    Only a few lines to let you know that I am discharging my responsibilities here to the best of my ability. I shall write you a detailed report of my work on my return to Pakistan and I am sure you will be satisfied with the manner in which I have done my humble best to serve the interests of my country and my president.

    I would like to take this opportunity to reassure you of my imperishable and devoted loyalty to you. Exactly four months before the death of my late father, he had advised me to remain steadfastly loyal to you, as you were not an individual but an institution. For the greater good of my own country, I feel that “your services to Pakistan are indispensable. When the history of our country is written… your name will be placed even before that of Mr. Jinnah. Sir, I say this because I mean it and not because you are the president of my country.

    Read it carefully. This is not run of the mill political comment.
    My plea is to see the words and deeds before wasting your words of praise. I am sad by the way Bhutto conducted himself when he entered the politics, when he was in the Ayub government and when he was himself all in all. He could have done so much for this country but did not, because he wanted power for good, which in democracy is not possible.


  42. Aafia H. says:
    June 30th, 2008 5:45 am

    Why do people not comment on the post and try to take it into one or other direction depending on their own politics. This is about the photo-journalism of F.E. Chaudhry and instead of commenting on the photographs people are just giving the ghissa pitta stories that one has heard a thousand times and doing their propaganda. Yaar, if people did not agree with you the first time, they won

  43. Qasim says:
    June 30th, 2008 4:28 pm

    Excellent series of photographs. Just saw some of the earlier ones from FE Choudhry also and I think they are all outstanding. Great thing you are doing by serializing this historic record.

  44. Wah Wah says:
    July 1st, 2008 5:02 am

    This is the Faiz verse I think of when I see these pictures:

    muqaam Faiz koee rah mein jacha he nahin
    jo koo-e-yaar say niklay, tou soo-e-daar challey

  45. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    July 1st, 2008 2:12 pm

    @Faiz-o-Jalib PPP/ATP say mukhatib:

    Jab say tu nay mujhay diwana bana rakha hey,
    Sang her shakhs nay, haton mein utha rakha hay

  46. Irfan Gul says:
    July 3rd, 2008 6:34 am

    Historic photograph. This whole series is great in bringing back memories. Thank you Mr. Nadeem for brining back memories.

    These pictures show why the Bhutto name still carries so much support. Look at him, anyone would want to follow him!

    I am sorry to say that his daughter never really lived up to her father’s image. And Zardari certainly does not. BUt maybe the memories of ZAB are still strong enough to keep the PPP flying high.

  47. Saghir says:
    July 6th, 2008 2:37 pm

    July 5 was a sad reminder of what a beautiful career was cut short.

  48. Faisal says:
    August 3rd, 2008 6:32 pm

    Ah, Z A Bhutto…
    The great seducer. Possibly the most successful politician in Pakistan’s history.
    And not because of what he achieved for the country… Because he achieved nothing at all. He was successful because to this day a blind people still hail him as a great leader.
    He has you all still seduced. It comes as no surprise to me though. Only in a country where the people are unable to see through men like this, could you ever find a Zardari in power right now.
    Shame on you Pakistan, I know you and your people will always be a disappointment.
    Do yourselves a favour, read some history. Read about Ayub Khan, and then you will understand what makes a real leader. Not an usurper of the masses like this criminal Bhutto was.

  49. Tanveer says:
    September 10th, 2008 7:03 am

    Excellent photos and memories.

  50. Jahan Zeb says:
    September 13th, 2008 3:06 pm

    Shame on those Judges,generals and mullhas–who conspired against the great Leader–But they did not also remain long in this mortal world -all of them died a horrible death–What a irony !-the judge who sentenced him is saying–he (Bhutto) was innocent

  51. AKTHAR KHAN says:
    September 13th, 2008 3:35 pm

    When Socrates was sentenced to death.He was told by his friends to ask for mercy from king–Socrates told to his friends –I will ask life from some body –who will retain it(life) for ever– so –is king going to be immortal? His friend said no–,So socrates told his friend -Why should i ask somebody something(life) which will not remain with him-?-So also Bhutto did not ask for mercy–Zia died a miserable death and he was always boosting- The hand of God is on me.

  52. anna says:
    October 14th, 2008 3:50 am

    Bhutto was a Gr8 Leader & we are very Unlucky to Lost him !!!
    nobody ever Replaced him not even his daughter !!

  53. Kashif ahmad says:
    December 17th, 2008 4:28 am

    an astonishing and intelligent leader of his time, though he was killed but he will remain forever and ever in the heart of every pakistani. i salute him for his unforgettable deeds. Jeay Bhutto.

  54. Dr. Qaiser Tabassum says:
    January 5th, 2009 12:57 am

    Today is Zulfi Bhutto’s birth anniversary. And the pictures in this post are a great reminder of why he remains the greatest political giant Pakistan has produced. Even for those who hate him, he remains larger than life!

  55. Haseeb says:
    January 5th, 2009 11:28 pm


  56. Naeem Abbas Sahibzada says:
    April 4th, 2009 1:23 pm

    Lets list a few specifics and see if anyone after the Quaid can match the feat or even come close. Bhutto’s contemporaries generals and politicians were and are pgymies with self sustaining and benefitting selfish agendas and zero vision to destroy Pakistan and its people. Incapable of even leading a muncipality
    Can You Deny

    1.Picked up a demoralized nation and its shameless armed forces after 71.
    2. Gave voice, dignity and self respect to have nots and the down trodden, treated as insects for thousands of years.
    3. 1973 Consitution to Pakistan
    4. Democratic Dispensation
    5. Leadership of Islamic World and Third World.
    6. Islamic Summit
    7. Heavy Machanical Complex
    8. HIT
    9. PAC Kamra
    10. Tarbela
    11. Steel Mill
    12. Pakistani poor man power to Middle East and Gulf
    13. Middle Class
    14. Modernization of Armed Forces.Naval Aviation, Subs, Mirages , MIGS, TOW Anti Tank , T 59/89 Tanks, Crotale Missiles, MPDR Radars, TPS 43 Radar Systems, Modern Air Defence Automated System just to name a few.
    15.Atomic Programme
    16.Labour Reform
    17. Tenant/Hari Reform
    18. Industrial Reforms.
    19. Land Reforms
    20. Dignity to Pakistan At the International arena.
    21. China Policy
    22. Balls to face the USA and Imperial Powers
    23. Simla Agreement and policy towards India as equals.
    24. Carries political moving significance after 30 years
    25. Still worshiped by the poor
    26. Faced death head on like a man with dignity
    27. Has become immortal and still lives in hearts.

    We are talking specifics. Pl compare and list achievements of others from his era till date. Be Fair !!!!!


    Naeem Abbas

  57. KHAWER says:
    April 5th, 2009 8:24 pm

    Bhutto will always be memorized as a “Shaheed” in the history. People come to his tomb and pray for him. On the contrary, Zia’s grave is situated at the “Jabra Chawk” and he would never be recognized as a “Shaheed”.

  58. MIRZA ULUG BEGH says:
    April 8th, 2009 12:29 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 sownafter him?which are engufing you now.

  59. Sam says:
    July 19th, 2009 11:17 pm

    Troubel with Pakistan is that we don’t value our assets. We are short sighted hence we fall for short term benefits and this is because we lack vision or visionery leadership. As a nation, we need to learn to protect our assets by being professional and selfish when it comes to national interests of the country.

  60. Omar bin Zafar says:
    April 4th, 2010 3:10 pm

    I think its pretty evident that time has taken its toll on this Jiala Generation as they are slowly but surely being replaced with a new and aware generation who’s motto is Sab se pehlay Pakistan versus the former who are muslims with a heart of a hindu who is not concerned about issues but is almost always looking for a bhagwan so that he can bali his life over to this god.
    It’s about time we mature out of this tribal mentality to shift our focus away from the Saieens, Chaudrys, Waderas, Sardars, Quaids to the key issues that need to be addressed to allow our country to move forward.
    Sab se pehlay Pakistan.
    Pakistan Zindabad.

  61. Ghazanfar Ali says:
    April 4th, 2010 8:21 pm

    Amazing pictures. Shows why Bhutto was Bhutto and why people are so much in love with him. What a man.

  62. April 5th, 2010 5:46 am

    Such a nice person was he,

    I have never seen a bold and honest man like him.

  63. Dr.Daniyal Nagi says:
    April 5th, 2010 12:58 pm

    Dear Mr.Najam,
    Many thanks for posting these snaps of Bhutto Sb by Mr.F.E.Chaudhry.They have brought tears in my eyes and memories of my childhood.The third picture in which Bhutto Sb is wearing a Safari suit was taken infront of me and I personally saw the loin walking to the Court Room.I was 11 yrs old and we use to live next to Lahore High Court on the Mall.At that time when they use to bring him to the court the area was usually cleared by the police.His entrouge included police jeeps and vans.Traffic was less in those days on the Mall in 1970s.On this particular day I remember me and one of my friend were cycling down on Fane road,next to High Court side gate and police counstable stopped us since the traffic was blocked,but he allowed us to walk down on foot with our cycles.Everybody was saying bhutto is coming so both of us clung to the steel ralling of high court building peeping inside out of childhood curosity.Aftersome time the vehicles stopped and the loin emerged out,he waved at the crowd clinging to the fence and walked like a king towards the court room,with a smile on this face.He was slim,elegant and smart wearing a dark safari suit.I still have clear memories fof that sight.A chrismatic personality,a true son of the soil.
    Perhaps Gen.Zia thought he is going to live for ever by sending this son of Pakistan to the gallows,now afte 31 yrs Mr.Bhutto still lives and who cares about Zia and his cronnies.
    Dr.Daniyal Nagi

  64. Sajid Hashmi says:
    April 9th, 2010 6:54 am

    Salaam all,

    What I find disturbing is how short the memories of Pakistanis are. He was a great polititian but it was his thirst for power that led to his downfall.

    1. It was Bhutto’s refusal to accept defeat to Mujib ur Rehman in the 1970 elections that led to the creation of Bangladesh.

    2. His refusal to aceept defeat in the 1977 elections at the hands of the Pak National Alliance that led to total annarchy and strive which then resulted in the Gen Zia’s coup

    He had charisma and charm but Im afraid he did more damage than good

  65. FaizPoetry says:
    July 20th, 2010 10:18 am

    jiss dhajj say koee maqtal meiN gaya
    woh shaan salamat rehti hai,
    Yeh jaan tou aani jaani hai
    iss jaan ki koee baat nahiN

  66. fuzair says:
    February 21st, 2011 6:51 pm

    Always interesting to see the PPP idiots fawning over Bhutto; personally I think its a toss-up as to who was worse for Pakistan? The democratic dictator or the military one? I’ll give the palm to Zia but only because he was around for 11 years and so did more damage than Bhutto who was only in charge for 5 1/2 years. Bhutto’s greatest accomplishment was to start the breakup of Pakistan but, technically, he wasn’t in charge then….

  67. Talat says:
    February 22nd, 2011 6:27 am

    ZAB gave us a ‘New-Pakistan’ by letting Jinnah’s Pakistan to be cut in half. We saw him saying,”Thank God, Pakistan has been saved” on anti-people operation having been started by the Paky army with the support of anti-Pakistan religion-mongers to curb the will of the people of Pakistan as exhibited by them in the general election held during 1970, first ever held freely and impartially on the basis of adult franchise. We the people of West-Pakistan should all be ashamed also that we supported this operation as is evident from the fact that we rose up against Yahya Khan only when he failed to crush the will of the people of East-Pakistan. So by simply shedding the epithets of East and West, Bhutto gave us a new Pakistan with a new Constitution, called, 1973-Constitution. This was the only commendable thing he did, but unfortunately within a year he sabotaged that constitution by the earth- shaking ’2nd Amendment’ which reduced it to just a ‘Takfiri-Fatwa’, which his appointee, the usurper Chief of Staff, used as a handle to introduce a new brand of muslims, ‘Halfy-muslims’ and to impose Blasphemy Law, which proved to be a sword in the hands of Yazidi mullah to terrorize the people and encourage murder in the name of the ‘Hurmate-Rasool’, the very Rasool (saw) called ‘Rehmatul-Alimeen’ by Allah, as envisioned by Allama Iqbal in his couplet:

    “کسے خبر تھی کہ لے کر چراغ مصطفوی
    جہاں میں آگ لگاتی پھرے گی بولہبی”

    At the end of the day, however, ZAB did pay his retribution (kafaara) for what he did by facing death as a ‘Uswa-e-Hussain’ at the hands of the Frankstein created by himself.

    But the question, history would ever ask, what we the West Pakies did to pay our ‘kafaara’ for supporting rampage of our Bengali brothers at the hands the dictator, Yahya Khan. Will we keep on hoping that the rain would help wash off this blot some day?

    No Sir, this is an indelible mark on the pages of history, un-washable by rain, even by shedding of tears!

  68. Kashiri says:
    April 4th, 2011 2:43 am

    This is no dhajj here. All I see is an arrogant man who thought he was above the law and could get away with anything. Laws of nature do justice with anyone and everyone, even if he was convicted in a court of law with a weak case, however he was guilty of much much more. Just his crime of facilitating the divide of Pakistan was enough to hang him a thousand times. How quickly we forget that in the end it all evens out. He got what he deserved, just like his terrorist sons who inherited his immense arrogance if nothing else.

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