Death Anniversary: Gen. Zia-ul-Haq Explains Why Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Had to Die

Posted on April 4, 2010
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Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto  of Pakistan ZulfiToday is April 4, the death anniversary of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto – founder of PPP, President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, and one of the most iconic figures (whether you like him or not) in Pakistan’s history. He was hung to death on April 4, 1979, during the military rule of Gen. Mohammad Zia ul Haq. In this historic video, Gen Zia-ul-Haq explains and defends the trial of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto  of Pakistan ZulfiThere is much, too much, in this video that is still pertinent today: the role of the military in politics, Gen. Zia’s promise of early elections, the role of a “free” judiciary, views on “justice must be done,” and so much more. Do please let us know what emotions this evokes in you.

For more on the life and death of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto also see our 2008 post on his death anniversary and a post of historic photographs of Mr. Bhutto during this trial.

79 Comments on “Death Anniversary: Gen. Zia-ul-Haq Explains Why Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Had to Die”

  1. Saba Ali says:
    April 4th, 2010 10:18 am

    This literally gives me the chills.

    How cold and cruel he was!

  2. Jawed says:
    April 4th, 2010 10:31 am

    This one man – Zia ul Haq – caused more harm to Pakistan than everyone else put together!

  3. Samar khan says:
    April 4th, 2010 10:59 am

    Soon after Mr Bhuttos hanging…Zia said on BBC that he has shown that higher you are more faster you fall….But Alas! exactly after 9yrs 4mts & 13 days …..Zia actually fell from heights and vanished in the fire ball…Such was revenge of nature..

  4. Obaid1 says:
    April 4th, 2010 11:03 am

    Yet our democratically elected representatives are happy to keep Zia induced 8th amendment as it is and then have the nerves to tell us they gave us back the 1973 continuation.

  5. sheepoo says:
    April 4th, 2010 11:14 am

    Like it has been said elsewhere:
    This one [i.e. Zia] was evil to the core

    Just my 2 cents!

  6. Zahid Cheema says:
    April 4th, 2010 11:23 am

    Obaid, not sure what you are talking about. A repeal of the 8th ammendment is part of the 18th ammendment just agreed

  7. Meengla says:
    April 4th, 2010 11:24 am

    I think this Topic can also include a YouTube video featuring Colonel Rafi who was present during ZAB’s final days of imprisonment as well as during ZAB’s hanging. That video must be shown prominently every 4th April, every year to get a more personal account of what happened.
    Rest in Peace, ZAB.

    PS. I think there is a new political party in Pakistan called ‘Pakistan Muslim League-Zia’ (PML-Z) being led by Zia ul Haq’s son Ijaz ul Haq. FYI.

  8. Zahid Cheema says:
    April 4th, 2010 11:25 am

    I sometimes wonder what would have happened if Bhutto had not been killed. How might history have unfolded in Pakistan!

  9. April 4th, 2010 11:28 am

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “Bhutto is the murderer of father of Ahmad Raza Qassori…….”
    - “Zia was a cold blooded killer. This video is fascinating to watch. He talks about judiciary and justice but he was really thinking about his own power and he had decided he would murder Bhutto.”
    - “Whatever Mr. Bhutto’s sins, and there were many, what happened to him was murder by Zia.”
    - “all the craps generals who were presidents of pakisatn yayha,zia,ayub,musharaf all sold our country to usa and jews democracy is good but todays democracy is more horrible than dictator ship…
    may be if bhutto was alive today the condition of pakistan wuld not be like today it is…
    atleast he was the one who faces america by seeing into their eyes…he was the one who give free lands to farmers…he was the one who finish private sector nowdays private sector is main responsible for mehngai…”
    - “May Allah swt curse Zia ul-Haq to the fiery depts of Hell and may his offspring Talibanic scum suffer the same fate.”
    - “Pakistsn ki rewait hn riaya hakim ko mar dita hn same how”
    - “pakistan main hakim ko marnay ke rawaiyat i pray k phir zinda hu jay ameen. aur un k napak lalach bharay jismo ko kutay noch k kahian”
    - “hmm abi tk ghulami ki zanjeero mai jakrai hvai hai….”
    - ” haha bhuto azadi dany aya tha.. democracy ki… wah… Kash wo aik bar Pakistan ko Qaid ka pakistan banany ki baat krta to wo aj azeem insan hota…”

  10. Fawad says:
    April 4th, 2010 11:45 am

    Zia was a cunning, lying scum but he was only worst of the lot. The harm done by the overthrow of legitimate civilian governments by military generals (Ayub, Yahya, Zia, Musharraf) have contributed most to the weak foundations of the Pakistani state. I hear some limited section of the urban middle classes clamoring again for a strongman. It is my conviction that the next military government (if it ever comes) will signal the end of Pakistan as a functioning state. As poor as the current civilian governance is, big institutional issues like NFC, provincial autonomy and constitutional correction are taking place with political consensus. Of course, if governance does not improve (inflation, energy crisis, poverty reduction) we may not have the opportunity to put Pakistan on the right path but democratic governance demands the patience and full support of the people of Pakistan. No other alternative will work.

  11. Adnan Siddiqi says:
    April 4th, 2010 12:19 pm

    @Cheema: if ZAB would have alive, we would have seen/not seen following:

    1)Islamic countries would have come much closer than before and could do better in economics.

    2)BCCI would not have been collapsed.

    3)BB would have not got married with son of a dacoit, Asif Ali Zardari because ZAB never liked Hakim Ali Zardari.

    4)Pakistan would have test nukes long before than 98.

    Not that I am fan of Zia but is it not true that most of famous writers and drama people produced classics in the era of Zia?

    Shoaib Mansoor,Anwar Maqsood and others would always be thankful of Zia that he let him exhibit their skills

  12. sajjad says:
    April 4th, 2010 12:35 pm

    ZAB’s hanging changed the whole shape of politics in the country. Zia used his best instituions that is ISI to create anti-peoples party and they did it by creating regional nationalists parties based on ethnic identities of regions which later emerged with names like MQM, ANP and JSQM. This biggest trick of devil worked. Plus, his coperation with religious punks, knowing the fact that Bhutto’s vision was socialist, he later defined socialist and communist as kafir. When I was in matric , my definition for Communist and atheist was same. see how well this all worked, that we now have people who think if we are not blewing ourselves, we are not muslims.

    Zia’s memorial should be moved to Adiala jail.

  13. ShahidnUSA says:
    April 4th, 2010 12:37 pm

    Now you have ruined my day showing me his picture. I refuse to play his perniciously anemic and prepasterous video blah blah blah.
    Writing his name is beneath me. Satan had his way.

    He took the smile away from the faces of pakistanis.
    To me Pakistans past is dark, cruel and evil
    because of him and Mullahs.
    Mr Bhuttos outrageous pride seems peanuts against this evil evil doer :)
    I still see the remnants of him and mullahs in Army, politicians
    and Imran khan.
    They are raising ferocious pitbulls on Northern part to sell them to the world but no shield to protect their own citizens. Mr Musharaf tried to paint a nice picture but leopard spots never went away.
    Next time if the Army tries to run the civilian Government, may the wrath of the people teach them a lesson.

    P.S. Mr Zardari, please change your hair style because it resembles him. Although we have not seen your other side yet,
    but when you bring your millions of dollars from the swiss banks and invest in Pakistan,
    Others would follow.
    Thank you

  14. Meengla says:
    April 4th, 2010 1:16 pm

    @Adnan Siddiqi,
    Zia ruled from 1977 till 1988–about 1/4th of Pakistan’s whole history by then. Television was introduced on a semi-mass level barely a decade before 1977–color tv only in 1976, I think. So it is no wonder we see great tv shows under Zia–ANY other ruler would have probably done at least the same, under Zia’s circumstances.
    However, because of Zia’s ruthless censorship–some of us are old enough to have seen blacked-out columns in print media of Zia years due to ‘midnight knocks’ on the doors of newspaper organizations–it is fair to conclude that a lot in media did NOT materialize because of Zia. Zia even tried to ban television’s female news-casters from putting lipstick on and had even banned Pakistani Urdu Feature films to be shown on PTV for years because, to quote Zia’s one of the favorite words, ‘Fahashi’ (semi-porn; vulgarity).
    I hope we get a picture of media under Zia.

  15. Natasha says:
    April 4th, 2010 3:03 pm

    Shoaib and Sanya got talked about more than Bhutto this April 4th.

  16. April 4th, 2010 3:47 pm

    Jhoot bol raha hai gernal … uss sa to sahee sa bat hi nai hoo rahi … jhota…

    I dont like PPP now, But Bhutto acha admi tha… chahy ma na un ko nai daikha but kis sa Bhutto ki bad tarfi nai suni… or un k kam b bohat jurat mandana thay jo unhon na kia… i salute him…

  17. Umar Shah says:
    April 4th, 2010 4:05 pm

    Before we go overboard idolizing Bhutto, question to ask ourselves is, who picked Zia and who was responsible for the breakup of East Pakistan, ill advising the short sighted military leadership on how to deal with Bengalis who were just asking for their legitimate rights and who made the FSF responsible for disappearance of political foes, ala Saddam Hussain.

    Our dilemma as a nation is we continue to idolize demonic figures in our history, some idolize Zia as well. Both Bhutto and Zia represent the darkest chapters in the history of Quaid’s Pakistan.

    Until we learn to be fair from the depths of our ‘self’, these articles and emotional epitaphs will remain nothing but a drama to rouse sentiments and escape reality and real issues that face Pakistan.

  18. Aqil says:
    April 4th, 2010 6:25 pm

    The video doesn’t say anything special or revealing. Of course Zia is lying when he claims that the courts are independent and he is not trying to influence them, but such a statement from him is to be expected. It is also to be expected that he would justify the sentence and hanging by saying that no one is above the law, with the irony being totally lost on him.

    The more important thing, however, in the context of the hanging, is what Mujeeb ur Rehman Shami points out. That is the way the country was polarized. Some people loved ZAB and some hated him. For those who loved him, his hanging was a huge injustice, while for those who reviled him, the reaction was that of relief that he was gone. Such extreme polarization is not good for a country, and if there is one lesson from all this, it is that we should not allow ourselves to be polarized so badly.

  19. ASAD says:
    April 4th, 2010 8:07 pm

    I am sorry Mr. Aqil, usually I find your comments quite balanced, but this one only shows your biases.

    Read the comments, or just talk to people. Even many people who do not like Bhutto at all still think it was injustice. It is not just those who loved him. It is anyone who has half a sense of justice.

    But, yes, there are some people so blinded by the senseless hatred for Bhutto that will even justify his murder.

  20. April 4th, 2010 8:13 pm

    More comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “Zia was not only killer of Zulifqar Ali Bhutto, he was a murderer of Democracy as well as a biggest hypocrite”
    - “Zia this is ot Pakistan’s rewait, this is the rewait of Pakistani Generals who kill he democratically elected hakims of Pakistan, why are you blaming Pakistan for that???”
    - “waisay pakistan nay har mahaz pe taraki b ke tu fauj ke he hakomat main ab agar koi ye keh day k nuclear bunyad kis nay rakhe aur dhamakay kis nay karay tu is ka jwab ye k unoo nai bunyad rakhe aur is main ati thee pakistan army jis nay isay pora kia baqi jaisay us waqat bunyad rakhe aj b siasatdan bunyadain rakhtay hain par pora kuch nai kartay jo pora hua agar ap facebook say nikal kar asli zindagai main jao dur daraz tu wahan jo kam huhay wo in 8 salo main he huhay kuch behtar ”
    - “kair main is qabil tu nai k mazeed kuch kahon ap sabk darmiyan par yaqeenan ap itefaq karo gay k ye pakistan iqal aur qaid ka nai raha…shehroon k log buzdil aur gaoon k log jahil hu gay hain mazeed. aur jin ko samaj ha wo izzat say sir chupay behtay hain”
    - “Bhutto was a disaster, so was Zia,lol..”
    - “mere khiyaal main wo log jo hamarey kabhi na kbhi hakim reh chukey hain himmat waley the.atleast kisi cheez ki bunyaad ya KUCH TU kr k gaye hain ya kr rahey hain.
    ye wohi Pak hai jiskey barey m khiyaal tha k 63 days b qaaim nahi reh skta bt now MASHALLAH 63 years hogaye hian.
    agr sb kuch itna bura chl raha hota jesa yahan sb keh rahey hain,phr tu……..aham aham aham”
    - “Zia’s regime,…a dark chapter in our history.”
    - “y u not seeing his good way politics . he did many things for to secure Pakistan , like he help afghan mujahidin and they kick out russia from this region”
    - “bhutto corrupt government. worse than zia”

  21. Meengla says:
    April 4th, 2010 10:00 pm

    @Asad is correct in suggesting that not all people who now find injustice against ZAB were supportive of ZAB during the 70s.
    I myself am from those. Here is my own memory of the events surrounding ZAB’s execution. Cross-posted from another Pakistani forum:
    As a young teenager in the late 70′s in Karachi I remember the execution of ZAB; I remember some rumors that ZAB was to be executed on the 4th. I remember I was WISHING that ZAB not be spared the execution. I remembered Pir Pagara’s exhortations to the people to ask for some mercy should ZAB be released….
    But, as I grew older, I realized the grave injustice done to ZAB and to Pakistan. He was a flawed leader–and who is not a flawed leader in Pakistan?– but he was a smart, independent,nationalist leader who was determined to make Pakistan progress. There is no doubt in my mind that Pakistan was an independent country which could defy both Superpowers those days.
    Rest in Peace, ZAB.

  22. fair mind says:
    April 4th, 2010 10:27 pm

    ZAB, a victim of injustice, whose foundations were laid by him.

    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 assassinated” which you can download easily from the website:

    I also have the following reference from the time when he appealed against his death sentence to the Supreme Court:
    “He [Bhutto] said that it was an acknowledged principle that the person who recites the Kalima is a Muslim, and no one has the right to call him a non-Muslim. Citing an instance, chairman [of the People's Party] Bhutto said that Abu Sufyan, a great enemy of the Holy Prophet, was brought to him. He claimed to have recited the Kalima, but the Holy Prophet’s Companions argued that he had not done it with his heart, and they wanted to kill him. But the Holy Prophet said that as he had recited the Kalima, he was now a Muslim, and could not be harmed.”
    (Urdu Daily Masawat, Lahore, Wednesday 20 December 1978, front page, column 1)

    He said this in reply to the accusation that he was “a Muslim in name only”.
    So before the end of his life Bhutto discovered the true definition of a Muslim and himself presented it in court.

    ZAB became victim of injustice in society whose foundations were laid by him in 1974. I’m referring to 2nd constitutional amendment.

  23. Haroon says:
    April 5th, 2010 12:26 am

    The sins of Zia ul Haq are much greater than just murdering Bhutto.

  24. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi says:
    April 5th, 2010 2:04 am

    fair mind – thanks for raising that important issue. It is important to point out that the Supreme Court unanimously ordered the removal of these remarks in their judgment. The Lahore High Court headed by a narrow minded person, almost keen to demonstrate his bias, had clearly over-stepped its mandate. The four Supreme Court judges at least made a show of neutrality while sanctioning the worst injustice in Pakistan’s history.

  25. Dr. R. Jahangiri says:
    April 5th, 2010 3:34 am

    Respected Dr. GN Kazi sahib:

    When do you think Pakistan Supreme Court will order ANY CITIZEN of Pakistan that hold belief, the same belief that President of Pakistan and Prime Minister of Pakistan profess in their oaths to their respective offices, should be considered a Muslim, and Supreme Court will STOP Pakistan passport and national identity card authorities from writing religion of such citizens other than a Muslim/ Islam. To help you recall oath of Pakistan’s President and Prime Minister worded in Pakistan’s 1973 constitution:

    Oath of office of The President:
    [Article 42]
    (In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.)
    I, ____________, do solemnly swear that I am a Muslim and believe in the Unity and Oneness of Almighty Allah, the Books of Allah, the Holy Quran being the last of them, the Prophethood of Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the last of the Prophets and that there can be no Prophet after him, the Day of Judgment, and all the requirements and teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah:

    Oath of office of The Prime Minister:
    Prime Minister
    [Article 91( 4)]

    (In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.)
    I, ____________, do swear solemnly that l am a Muslim and believe in the Unity and Oneness of Almighty Allah, the Books of Allah, the Holy Quran being the last of them, the Prophethood of Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the last of the Prophets and that there can be no Prophet after him, the Day of Judgment, and all the requirements and teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah:

    San Franciso, USA.

  26. Yasir Qadeer says:
    April 5th, 2010 3:46 am

    Pakistan has always been a victim of intolerant politics. This element of intolerance has also been passed on to the general public. The times have changed and as a nation need to say no to the intolerant syndrome among us.

  27. Pakistani says:
    April 5th, 2010 4:44 am

    Zia,of course was a tyrant, but ZAB was the same too, he was one of the three(Gen Yahya, Mujeeb,ZAB) responsible for the bifurcation of Pakistan into two in 1971, he also introduced the bloody politics of getting opponents killed through police force.
    We may forget But history remembers all

  28. April 5th, 2010 5:07 am

    A tragic loss surely for the country just like another big icon passed in 2008 December to the militants. We should learn lessons from past and try to cut down on militant activities in the country. It is only us the people who can raise voice and stop such actions which take human lives by going to extremes.

  29. Adnan Siddiqi says:
    April 5th, 2010 6:09 am

    I think. So it is no wonder we see great tv shows under Zia–ANY other ruler would have probably done at least the same, u

    @Meengla: Learn to give credit where it’s due. It would help to make your personality better.

    Declaring someone’s action as “obvious” is not going to help you at all. We all know how that there were episodes of 50-50 in which govt was criticized, maybe it was not much as it’s now but we re talking about 80s. What could one do if zia would have censored entire TV?

    Urdu Feature films to be shown on PTV for years because

    I doubt what you say because I remember I used to watch Mohd.Ali and Nadeem’s movie on PTV on weekend. Were Cinemas banned in Zia era? I don’t think so. Everyone was working at that time.

    As far as Fahashi is considered, are you saying Pakistani movies are not Vulgar? Or you are supporting vulgarity exhibit in Pakistani media? Have you ever seen current dramas on TV, atleast my family can’t watch such vulgar programs in a gathering.

    I just want to curse when people of that time who made their TV career in the era of Zia now curses him. These are thankless souls,nothing else

  30. Sher Zaman says:
    April 5th, 2010 6:23 am

    Perhaps there is no justification to the death (hanging) of a leader, especially if it’s carried out on the orders of a dictator. Democracy does allow such acts, only if its backed by the parliament, but in this case no parliament was involved and it was result of the atrocities carried out by a dictator.

  31. Aqil says:
    April 5th, 2010 7:45 am


    “Read the comments, or just talk to people. Even many people who do not like Bhutto at all still think it was injustice. It is not just those who loved him.”

    You say “think it was an injustice,” not “thought it was an injustice.” This difference is crucial. I was referring to people’s attitudes at the time of the trial and the hanging, not today. As an example of people’s comments that confirm this, check the post by Meengla. He is a strong admirer of ZAB, but says he supported the hanging at that time.

    The point I was trying to make was that the country should not be polarized so much as it was towards the end of Zab’s rule. Zab tormented his political opponents very badly, and in return, they hated him so much that they did not oppose Zia when he took over, and could not get themselves to even say Fatiha when Zab was hanged.

  32. April 5th, 2010 9:01 am

    More comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “ppp is currupt by its birth bhutto split pakistan is to two just for his government so his death was the revenge of time”
    - “Zia deserved the way he died…The father of suicide bombing died himself by exploding into air. And all that was left was his jabra (jaw). Itni humiliation tou Saddam ki bhi nahi hui thi.
    We can thank America and CIA for getting us rid of Zia-ul-Haq, the worst ruler in the history of Pakistan.”
    - “zye sarey hi aisey marte3y hain par phir bhi paisey ki bhook nae jati…BENAZIR kitna arsa surrey palace main rahi ho gi….per kia kuch nae kia ho ga usey hasil karney k liey…
    now this is the time to wake up n say “Enough is Enough” get lost all the politicians…
    please spread the real truth….that don’t be utilized by these corrupt people of any party.”
    - “bhutto is only good in ppp literature…even the present ppp govt is not following the original charter …and if bhutto was so popular in his time then why he needed to rig 77 elections? he was a civilian dictator…he campaigned for ayub khan against mohtarma fatima jinnah and used to tell the people that you should elect a saddar and not a saddry (female president) but why did his party forces benazir on us?hyproctites…all these idiots”
    - “sharam karo tum sab. He gave us atom bomb. Why dont we accept the good things that past leaders have done. . Some call zia ul haq dajjal. and u ppl call bhutto bad. . Nobody is perfect . i personally think that despite all the wrong things that musharaf has done, he was still better than zardari. he did alot for education.”
    - “Jiyee Bhutto……”
    - “maray bhutto”

  33. April 5th, 2010 10:40 am

    We can thank America and CIA for getting us rid of Zia-ul-Haq, the worst ruler in the history of Pakistan.”

    When we have Ghulam Ibn-e-Ghulams among us who could not come out of mental slavery even after 60+ years after “demise” of British Raj then it’s lame to think something good from the people of this country.

    For those who are thanking America, they are quite ignorant about the history itself. ZAB was actually executed because He had become pain in neck in the eye of US. ZAB’s revolutionary steps like organizing Islamic conference, His classic speech in UN after 71 war,declaring Qadyanis as Kaafirs and his attempts to bring economic reforms within Islamic states was not digested by USA. Was it not ZAB along with Shaikh Nahyan who wanted their respective countries as modern as Beirut?

    It was USA who was willing to appoint Zia, If I am not wrong, Zia was visiting Jordon at that time and King of Jordan sang his praises so much that he started considering himself something “big”. It’s quite obvious that USA was not willing to see an “Islamic” Bhutto because Bhutto’s plans were quite dangerous for US influence in MiddleEast at that time.

  34. Fuzair says:
    April 5th, 2010 11:40 am

    A couple of people have tried to point out that ZAB was far from a saint and was, in effect, hoist by his own petard. Unfortunately most of the posters are far too wrapped up in ZABism to understand what an unmitigated disaster he was for Pakistan, one exceeded only by the calamity that succeeded him.

    Zia built the edifice but ZAB laid the foundation. If you really look at it objectively, all the Islamic crap that Zia imposed was ZAB’s doing. What Zia did was simply to attempt to put the much-vaunted 1973 Constitution’s Islamic clauses into operation (albeit using an extremely regressive interpretation of Islam–but again, it was ZAB who institutionalized kissing Arab behinds: remember Islamic Socialism?). If you don’t believe me, go read the Constitution.

  35. Meengla says:
    April 5th, 2010 11:52 am

    @Adnan Siddiqi,
    Urdu Feature Films WERE banned for at least some duration on PTV under Zia and I clearly remember him saying that he would ‘consider’ allowing the shows.
    I think we can quibble all we want about the quantum of freedom under Zia but I am pretty sure that journalists who were flogged by Zia would have a few things to say about that. Yes, I will grant that Zia did not put a choke on everything like some Middle Eastern tyrants still do, however, Pakistani media was freer in 1977 than it was through the 80s. And, again, no, I will not credit Zia’s 11 long years for the beautiful TV dramas and shows: As I said, we are talking about 1/4th of Pakistan’s history under him and under him there was an inevitable VCR-flux and mass-media viewership of television. Zia still maintained a tight grip. One quick example is that barely 1 year after his death, Pakistan’s first non-PTV channel opened by Benazir. Why couldn’t Zia do that.

    Finally, despite my admiration of ZAB, I find no evidence about either the American govt. or the CIA was responsible for ZAB’s execution. I know even Benazir has officially accused the CIA (in ‘The Daughter of the East’ or some other interview?) but I do not agree with her or any other Jiyalas’ accusations. My guess is that, yes, ZAB was disliked by Americans; and, yes, Zia was a better, more manageable ‘partner’ for Americans than ZAB would have been. But I don’t know why ZAB was toppled. My understanding, after watching some YouTube videos in which General Chisti, N.D. Khan etc are present makes me believe that the political crises of 1977 made ZAB think–probably correctly–that Zia was going to launch a coup and ZAB wanted to take-out Zia soon on conspiracy charges. But Zia struck first.
    The rest is just history. A very sad one for Pakistan.

  36. Roshan says:
    April 5th, 2010 12:36 pm

    I think it may be a good rebuttal for Gen Zia’s hyporcite comments about justice:

  37. Fair Mind says:
    April 5th, 2010 12:47 pm

    Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi—apparently Pakistanis did not believe ZAB was Muslim, despite the Supreme Court ordered removal of LHC remarks regarding ZAB religion. After his death his private parts were photographed, to find out if he remained an uncircumcised Hindu. (Ref: Col Rafi-Uddin interview, on Express News TV program Front Line with Kamran Shahid. April 4, 2010).

  38. Farrukh says:
    April 5th, 2010 12:50 pm


    I think we should stop looking for “saints”. And just because he was not a “saint” does not mean he should have been hung!

    I am not a “saint” either, and maybe nor are you. But that does not justify his murder.

  39. Fuzair says:
    April 5th, 2010 1:57 pm

    Sorry, did not mean to give the impression that ZAB’s judicial murder was ‘justified.’ A judicial murder never is.

    There is no doubt that Maulvi Mushtaq was a ‘hanging’ judge and hated Bhutto and his Court was determined to find Bhutto guilty and hang him. However, the fact that ZAB was ‘judicially murdered’ does not absolve him of his earlier guilt. I am reminded of the saying that “they framed a guilty man” when it comes to Bhutto’s conviction–if not for Kasuri’s killing, for many others.

    For example, IIRC, Zia actually wanted to have ZAB tried for Mengal’s son’s murder (? or another Balochi politician? can’t recall such ancient history now!) but Mengal refused to play along with Zia. There were also other such killings by the FSF.

    Zia’s Martial Law regime was delighted to publish a White Paper on Bhutto and the FSF shortly after the coup. If I also recall correctly, PTV put on a show (called something like Zulm ki Dastaan–I’m sure that Adil can find some of them to put them on ATP–where they trotted out dozens of people who described how they were tortured by the FSF). While of course there were no doubt lies and gross exaggerations in both of these, there is also no doubt of the way ZAB treated his political opponents.

  40. Anwer says:
    April 5th, 2010 6:59 pm
    DAWN – the Internet Edition
    January 20, 2008 Sunday Muharram 10, 1429

    The sowing & reaping of destiny

    By Ardeshir Cowasjee

    Mulling over the Bhutto era of late, I picked up a book I had not read for years as I recalled a particularly poignant and perceptive passage which has borne the brunt of time.

    Perhaps the finest summation of the character and attributes of Zufikar Ali Bhutto came not from one of his fellow countrymen, but from a foreigner, who could stand back and objectively observe and comment. Morrice James of the British foreign office spent a total of nine years in Pakistan in various diplomatic posts. During the first half of the 1960s, he was Britain’s high commissioner in Islamabad and had ample time to observe, interact with and analyse the country’s most compelling and charismatic politician.

    In his Pakistan Chronicle, published posthumously in 1993, Sir Morrice James, Lord St Brides, has this to say about Bhutto:

    “Bhutto certainly had the right qualities for reaching the heights — drive, charm, imagination, a quick and penetrating mind, zest for life, eloquence, energy, a strong constitution, a sense of humour and a thick skin. Such a blend is rare anywhere, and Bhutto deserved his swift rise to power. From the end of 1962 onwards, I worked closely with him and it was a pleasure to deal with someone so quick-witted and articulate. We got on remarkably well…

    “But there was — how shall I put it? — the rank odour of hellfire about him. It was a case of corruptio optimi pessima. He was a Lucifer, a fallen angel. I believe that at heart he lacked a sense of the dignity and value of other people; his own self was what counted. I sensed in him a ruthlessness and a capacity for ill-doing which went far beyond what is natural. Except at university abroad, he was mostly surrounded by mediocrities, and all his life, for want of competition, his triumphs came to him too easily for his own good. Lacking humility, he thus came to believe himself infallible, even when yawning gaps in his own experience (e.g. of military matters) laid him — as over the 1965 war — wide open to disastrous error.

    “Despite his gifts, I judged that one day Bhutto would destroy himself — when and how I could not tell. In 1965, I so reported in one my last dispatches from Pakistan as British high commissioner. I wrote by way of clinching that point that Bhutto was born to be hanged. I did not intend this comment as a precise prophecy of what was going to happen to him, but 14 years later that was what it turned out to be.”

  41. Watan Aziz says:
    April 5th, 2010 7:14 pm

    I guess, as many times as Adil has raised this question and in as many different ways, people on both sides have made up their minds.

    And never the twain shall meet.

    While it is heartening to see a civil discussion; it is saddening to see that the best educated of Pakistan continue to form opinions based rumors, third hand innuendos and just pure fabrication of history.

    So here goes my 2 paisas.

    If by 1970, Mujeeb had become an Urdu language teacher in Karachi or ZAB had started to write Bengali graffiti in Dhaka or Yahya had gone cold sober one morning or General Rani had become General Raja (had to bring her in to make the point interesting); nothing would have changed.




    No nothing.

    It was history reckoning and recording the wishes of the people of both sides. One had nothing to do with Urdu, the other could not think beyond alif, bay, paye.

    And with so many outsiders meddling and taking advantage of the discord in affairs, I am not even sure if a peaceful separation could have had happened. Butcher of Dhaka was determined. Mukti Bhani was trained, financed and equipped. And surrender of Pakistanis jawans was all but written.

    Blame all you want, Yahya, Mujeeb and ZAB were witnesses to the collective sins of the days past.

    The question still remains, will West Pakistani admit the collective sin? Were the folks whipping up Urdu admit they erred?

    I doubt that too!

    ZAB is just too convenient for them to blame.

    And blame others they shall.

    We are not about the change human nature just because we are civil. Are we?

  42. Meengla says:
    April 5th, 2010 8:32 pm

    @Watan Aziz,
    “Blame all you want, Yahya, Mujeeb and ZAB were witnesses to the collective sins of the days past.”

    Precisely. There cannot be blame on any single person. One could argue that the ‘buck’ stopped at Yahya’s desk and he could have, with legal and military authority, done anything he wanted. But he didn’t. ZAB is a convenient escape-goat indeed. Too much happened prior to the 1970 elections.

  43. Zecchetti says:
    April 5th, 2010 9:23 pm

    I think this post is trying to stir up political conflicts for no good reason. It is clear that there are big time fans of ZAB and of Gen. Zia. So let the past be the past. Gen Zia was also responsible for a lot of good too. He had balls.

  44. readinglord says:
    April 5th, 2010 9:58 pm


    You are 100 % right dear. I was also a great admirer of Bhutto when he raised the slogan of Socialism but began to dislike him when he set up FSF. So were many of the PPP leaders like Mobashir, Rahim ( There is a long list but I have forgotten the names of most of them). In my view the greatest sin he did was to convert the Constitution of Pakistan into a ‘Fatwa-e-Kufr’, which provided Zia, the handle to make the faith of the people who called themselves Muslims suspicious, so much so, that he prescribed an affidavit to be filled in by all those who called them Muslims.

  45. Nadeem Ahsan says:
    April 5th, 2010 10:36 pm

    I still cannot rationalize why he ordered the killing of Bhutto.

  46. Aslam says:
    April 5th, 2010 11:10 pm

    Dear Zecchetti.
    Thank you for letting us know that Zia ul Haq “had balls.”
    By the way, how do you know?

  47. shakir P says:
    April 6th, 2010 1:03 am

    What poisonous fruits of violence,hatred,intolerence,narrow mindness and religious bigotry you are reaping now are bcoze of this man of broken promises and lies….. zia

  48. Fareedi says:
    April 6th, 2010 1:09 am

    ZAB one of the Black hat Villain of Trio who committed the great sin of genocide in 1970′s (Insiders, Outsiders or Trainers) later all three were consumed in the natural proccess of Mukafat- e -Amal and reached to their un-natural deaths or being slaugtered by their own——– , that is the good lesson of Mukafat- e -Amal . (‘You reap what you sow’)

  49. Sabir says:
    April 6th, 2010 1:38 am

    Zia did more to destroy Pakistan than anyone else. He was certainly the lowest point of Pakistan and the lowest form of life.

  50. Wadood says:
    April 6th, 2010 2:18 am

    In wanting to crush Bhutto, Zia made him immortal. Had he not been killed teh way he was, probably the PPP would have withered away, instead he became a legend.

  51. Zamir says:
    April 6th, 2010 2:32 am

    Was ZAB innocent or guilty? was he punished for this crime or some other? It really does not matter. What matters is that the case was settled by a single vote. There were four judges who thought he was guilty and three judges gave a not-guilty vote. This was a hung jury. In a country where there was no democracy a man was killed because of a single vote.

  52. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi says:
    April 6th, 2010 6:37 am

    Dr Jahangiri Sahib – personally I find it difficult to disbelieve any person who claims to be a Muslim, as only Allah knows best!

    fair mind – that was an indication of the bestial nature of the junta and not the people of Pakistan. All sorts of false stories were circulated in those days.

  53. Hira Mir says:
    April 6th, 2010 7:39 am

    We stand at a position where the Taliban have struck another streak of attacks in the city of Peshawar. Why are we talking about some1 who has passed away years ago! We should be discussing the present and stop braggin about the past in my opinion.

  54. readinglord says:
    April 6th, 2010 10:31 am

    @Dr Ghulam Nabi Qazi

    I agree with you. Certainly God knows every thing, including whether one is muslim or not, but the question is who is god to whom, of all the world, only we Pak muslims whose faith has been made questionable with the onset of ‘Fatwa-e-kufria’, the real, sustainable Constitution of Pakistan, are obliged to submit their affidavit claiming to be muslims?

  55. Jamshed says:
    April 6th, 2010 10:46 am

    Neither of these gentlemen,Bhutto or Zia was a paragon.Both managed to do enough damage.

  56. Meengla says:
    April 7th, 2010 11:51 am

    And what would Zia do had ZAB’s dead body showed him as NOT circumcised?
    Now, there was Zia, the guy with the ‘balls’, according to some comments here, who was worried about a dead man’s gonads.
    Sick. Zia was a sick, retrogressive, repressive usurper.

  57. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi says:
    April 7th, 2010 11:23 pm

    Readinglord – As in other countries, political issues are inextricably linked with religious issues in Pakistan. At times it is difficult to distinguish one from the other.

  58. readinglord says:
    April 8th, 2010 7:00 pm

    @Dr AGN Qazi

    Thanks for response but you did not touch my question, i.e., who is the god in Pakistan competent to check our claim to musalmani (even when we carry a physical mark to this effect on the part of our body of which we can’t even name here) who can give final decision on affidavits all citizens of Pakistan who claim to be Muslim, and only Muslims, after May, 1974, in the pakland (and only in the pakland) are required to submit to the government. It is supposed they would be submitted to that god, who can be none else but the Mullah in this pakland when god’s intervention in human affairs, so far as pakiland is concerned, has been totally taken over by the Mullah.

  59. Akhtar Hussain Akhian says:
    April 8th, 2010 7:18 pm

    So what If Bhutto was hanged. He himself was a murderer and What Zia did with Murderer was 100% right. Khoon ka badla khoon

  60. April 10th, 2010 1:05 pm

    Giay Bhuttoo

  61. Asim Lateef says:
    April 12th, 2010 1:03 am

    What a pathetic man Zia ul Haq was!

  62. Adnan Siddiqi says:
    April 12th, 2010 11:53 am

    According to Liberals theory of stupidity, anyone who talks or *make efforts* in favor of Islam or Ummah is a Taliban or a right wing extremist.

    So according to this theory Bhutto was more Taliban than todays talibans and right wing extremists because It was bhutto who engineered “Islamic” Atom bomb by supporting AQ Khan and raised voice against Israel by uniting Ummah under the one roof and declaring Qadyanis as Kafirs. Offcourse Bhutto started “Talibanization” when he let Mehdi to sing “Ham Mustafavi Hain”. Zia just resumed the work started by Bhutto.

    Obviously left wing PPP apologists will always shy away to admit this reality

  63. readinglord says:
    April 13th, 2010 8:52 pm

    No doubt Bhutto was a charlton and a demagogue of the first water. He was completely devoid of any faith, any commitment whatsoever. He worshiped only ‘Kursi’ (The Almighty Chair) which he believed to be ‘Mazboot’ and nothing else. But how weak it proved to be! Of course he was responsible for supporting AQK for manufacturing the bomb which the latter is flaunting today like Moula Jatt while the people whom he had promised ‘Roti, Kaprha aur Makan’ are eating grass, committing suicide or running to foreign countries even at the risk of their life today.

  64. Shahid Ali says:
    April 20th, 2010 1:09 pm

    Mardood-e-Momin / Mardood-e-Haq, Zia. Just look at his satanic face, lying through his teeth with regards to holding elections (he had said the same thing about elections while standing in the vicinity of Kaaba). He alone is responsible for the current pathetic state of affairs in Pakistan. He was not an Ummati of Mohammad Mustafa (SAW) but an Ummati of Shaitan! He was the 20th century version of Abdullah Bin Obie (The Leader of Munafiqeen during Rasool Allah(SAW) time.

  65. Sohail says:
    April 24th, 2010 2:42 am

    Bhutto was great Charasmatic leader who assemebeld the best eductaed peoples in PPP…. (I am not Fan on Benazir and Zardari Daccoo and his playboy son Bilawal who is sipping Martini and getting ready to lead the impotent “leaders” of PPP and everyone of them will suck him for sure even our media will go crazy on it, look how stuid they were on Shoaib and Sania wedding.

    Zia was a PIG.. look what he gave to Pakistan?
    4 million Afghan Criminals all over Pakistan
    Gave birth to his illegitmate (political) son Nawaz Sharif and his feudals/jagirdar/wadereys who are bloodsucking poor Pakistanis with high price atta and sugar..
    Zia a pathetic liar (sitting in Kabba promised elections) but never happened in time frame…

    Mardood-e-Azam Zia-Ul-Haque Burn in Hell….

  66. Sohail Ahmed says:
    April 24th, 2010 2:50 am

    Bhutto was great Charasmatic leader who assemebeld the best eductaed peoples in PPP…. (I am not a Fan of Benazir and Zardari Daccoo and his playboy son Bilawal who is sipping Martini and getting ready to lead the impotent “leaders” of PPP and everyone of them will suck him for sure even our media will go crazy on it, look how stupid they were on Shoaib and Sania wedding thats tells about idiots who have becomes “Journalists”.

    Zia was a PIG.. look what he gave to Pakistan?
    4 million Afghan Criminals all over Pakistan
    Gave birth to his illegitmate (political) son Nawaz Sharif and his feudals/jagirdar/wadereys who are bloodsucking poor Pakistanis with high price atta and sugar..
    Zia was a pathetic liar (sitting in Kabba promised elections) but never happened in time frame…

    Jamaat-e-Islami a factory of extremism and Talibanization in Pakistan.. betullah-Mehsud was production of Jamaat-e-Islami student wings.. Qazi Hussain will Burn in Hell for sure

    Mardood-e-Azam Zia-Ul-Haque Burn in Hell….

  67. Rizwan says:
    May 26th, 2010 4:55 pm

    both were transgressors. bhutto broke pakistan in 1971 and zia ruined pakistan in afghan war in the shape of kk culture, heroine and lots of terrorist organisations in pakistan. both met their ironic fate. however, no doubt that bhutto was murdered at the hands of zia. but this is how nature eliminates one pharaoh at the hands of the other.

  68. Rizwan says:
    May 26th, 2010 10:50 pm

    zia was another son of bitch like ayub, yahya and musharaf

  69. Rizwan says:
    May 27th, 2010 4:27 am

    Zia is solely responsible for today’s catastrophic situation of Pakistan. He brought home these terrorist organizations in the name of religion. He is not only a “Mujrim” of Pakistan but also of Islam. May he burn in hell fire of ever. Aamen

  70. Rizwan says:
    May 27th, 2010 4:38 am

    Bhutto was a great statesman but unfortunately could not deliver as expected out of him. Mere speeches don’t do good of people. The state of poor was still deplorable even after 5 years of his rule. Ironically, nature didn’t give him a second chance.

  71. Ikram says:
    June 11th, 2010 9:59 pm

    Bhutta had an uncanny talent of making enemies. This and the arrogance that is a trait of the Bhutto family, sealed his fate and of his children who were equally obnoxious and arrogant. ZAB ended up at the gallows.

    Murtaza ended up being gunned down in front of his own house in the city he said he ‘owned’, and the province that the Bhutto family claimed its own personal property, with his own sister sitting in the highest office of the country.

  72. adil says:
    July 3rd, 2010 1:08 am

    zulfiqar ali bhutto is really a great leader, this is a great article.

  73. M.AKRAM KHAN says:
    July 5th, 2010 6:09 am

    1. ” Success of Jinnah and Zia in Pakistan and Failure of Others.”
    In view of present scenario, when Pakistan is suffering from violent conflict between Pakistan army and Islamic Fighters and both are cutting throats of each other and killing each other mercilessly, and no one is there to stop them from this bloody madeness,infact some ethnocentric parties and India are enjoying this bloody film continuously, and are trying to pour more fuel on this fire. In such condition it is the responsibility of Intellectuals of Pakistan to try to stop this blood shed and to analyze the past history of Pakistan and find out that why Pakistan was stable in the era of Quaid-e-Azam and General Zia, and was a most stable and strong country of the region in spite of all adversaries and enemity of British Empire, India and Soviet Union and why it has become so much unstable in the era of General Musharaf and Mr.Zardari in spite of support of World Super power USA,NATO and other nations..
    Pakistan Needs Leader Like Quaid-e-Azam.
    Quaid-e-Azam was a leader who united whole the populations of Muslims of subcontinent on one platform in spite of all their weaknesses due to illiteracy, ethnocentrism, regionalism, provincialism and conspiracies of Indian National Congress and British rulers, From each sentence of his speeches it is evident that he was the most caring and sincere leader for Muslims and for their interests. His speeches are full of words like Muslims, Musalamans and Islam, He very strongly proved that he is a well wisher of Muslims and will never compromise against the best interests of Muslims.
    This was the reason that Muslims of subcontinent have thrown all their differences and were united under his leader ship without any reservation. For the cause of Muslims his family life was destroyed, his sister never married, her daughter was separated from him, For the cause of Muslims he lost his personnel home in Bombay, India, For the cause of Muslims he refused to accept the Premier ship of India and due to his hard work for the Muslims his health was destroyed but till his death he continued to work for welfare of his peoples. These were the characteristics of Quaid-e-Azam due to which even his enemies like him and have praise for him.
    Pakistan Needs Leader Like General Zia-ul-Haq.
    After separation of East Pakistan in 1971 a critical change occurred in the demography of Pakistan and ratio of Muslims Population increased from 85% to 98%.General Zia was the first leader who comprehended this change and used this phenomena for the strength and stability of Pakistan. Due to his apparent commitment with Islam and Muslims, he was able to rule the country like an Iron Man till his death. During his era Pakistan was the Island of piece in whole region, his devotion for Islam and Pakistan made him the most successful ruler of Pakistan, Although he was a military dictator he was having a very effective influence both socially and religiously on people of Pakistan, and people were having trust on him, due to his policies there was no anti state or separation activities except that of Al-Zulfiqar by brother of Mrs. Benazir Bhutto.
    Afghan Jihad: Although General Zia was supporting Afghan Jihad against Soviet Union his relations with Soviet Union were surprisingly good, and Pakistan Steel Mill in Karachi was completed with the help of Soviet Union.
    Collapse of Super Power Soviet Union:
    Due to General Zia support for Afghan Jihad Soviet Union was broken into pieces of more than dozen countries and Pakistan was able to take the revenge of separation of East Pakistan from Soviet Union in which Soviet Union was nakedly involved .
    Due to General Zia policies so many countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia were liberated from the claws of Soviet Union and both East and West Germany were reunited.
    He refused to accept any pressure with reference to Nuclear Program from USA.
    In the era of General Zia ,India was highly frightened from stability and progress of Pakistan and lost all its credibility and diplomatic respect due to support for Soviet Union for invasion in Afghanistan and Indira Gandhi a foolish leader of India who was involved in aggression and terrorism for taking the advantage of foolish acts of General Yahya Khan in 1971 in East Pakistan , was totally failed in controlling the affairs of East Punjab due to her foolish policies and in fact lost her life in that crisis.
    Blunders of Non-Religious Leader Pervez Musharaf.
    Even before becoming the dictator, just for lust of his personnel fame, he was responsible for the adventure of Kargil war, which was having following draw backs.
    • As both India and Pakistan were nuclear armed at the time of Kargil war, it was simply foolish idea for staging such an adventure.
    • In case of extension of Kargil war, even the survival of both India and Pakistan were at stake, because in nuclear war no one will be victorious.
    • Kargil war has given the message to world as Pakistan was interested in the land of Kargil and not in the liberation of Kashmiri peoples.
    • It was told to the world as Mujahideen are acting in Kargil while infact they were the personnel of Pakistan army, and in fact it was great betrayal with those soldiers who were officially sent by their Generals in Kargil.
    • As a General Pervez Musharaf failed to take the help of Air force, which also indicates that how much capable General was he.
    • In Kargil Pakistan army personnel who were denied even by their Generals as their soldiers, were fighting against two forces of India i.e. Indian army and Indian Air force, it was a simple analysis that it will be impossible for one force to win a war against two forces. Which clearly indicates, that General Musharaf was not well aware of the basics of warfare?
    • Pervez Musharaf was solely responsible for the deaths and injuries to soldiers in this conflict and damage and malignment of the nation due to his foolish adventure just for his personnel fame.
    Musharaf Dictatorship.
    After Kargil expecting that he could be court martialled for his misdeed, Therefore by violating the best interest of the nation when enemies of Pakistan were waiting for opportunities to overthrow Taliban rule in Afghanistan, and to annihilate Kashmir libration movement and to surgically remove nuclear arms of Pakistan, by having no care of the above mentioned interests of the nation ,this dictator staged the coup against a Prime Minister who was having two third majority in the parliament, at that time only a civilian government was in best position to solve all above challenges but foolish dictators were having no care of interests of the nation.
    Due to Dictator Ship in Pakistan, liberation movement in Kashmir was seriously damaged; more dust was poured on that weakening movement by foolish suggestions of this dictator. This is the reason that even after giving so much sacrifices, still Kashmiries are waiting for freedom.
    Damage to Integrity of Pakistan:
    As the survival of any nation depends on the basic ideology of that nation, as Pakistan was created on the name of Islam and for the welfare of Muslim populations of Different areas, but this dictator was having no respect for the traditional, religious. Democratic
    and justice values of society, he was not in line with the mentality and thinking of the nation, nation was thinking in one direction and he was having mind of opposite direction, which caused serious damage to unity and integrity of Pakistani nation.
    War against Afghanistan:
    After 9/11 When he was waiting for help of USA for strengthening his dictatorship, he helped those enemies of Pakistan who were having desire to overthrow Islamic Government of Afghanistan, while in fact that was a golden opportunity for convincing to USA and world that solution to the problem of extremism in Afghanistan should be left to both governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and at other hand it was a convenient opportunity for creating a union between Pakistan and Afghanistan for countering terrorism for the purpose of avoiding the war in the region. but due to his dictatorship these goals were not possible, specially when India the main enemy of Muslim unity in South Asia pressurized Pakistan, by giving unnatural offer of Air bases in India to USA for aggression against Afghanistan while in fact by this offer it was not possible for USA to attack Afghanistan, by this offer, India just aim was to force Pakistan to become an ally of USA against Afghanistan, so that a hatred may be created between Pakistan and Afghanistan, This foolish General was unable to comprehend this policy of India, due to which so much civilian atrocities are going on in this region even today and this region has become the most destabilized region of the world.
    War against Afghanistan was opposed by civilian, military intellectuals, Corps Commanders and people of Pakistan, but dictator was having no care about that. and was interested in his personnel interest
    War against Afghanistan has caused a huge destruction in Afghanistan and large number of Pakistani civilians and military personnel’s have been killed.
    Destruction of Pakistan.
    War against a neighbor Muslim country, has seriously damaged Pakistan Islamic Ideology, and it is simple that without adherence to ideology, no country in the world can survive, this is the reason that now Pakistan is facing serious problem in each and every sphere of life, Institutions of Government and Military, Parliament and Judiciary are now facing serious problems as all these pillars of state have been seriously damaged by dictatorial policies.
    Damage to Army:
    Due to operations against its own population, Pakistan Army has lost all support of people, this is the reason that due to policies of this dictator, daily so many soldiers and Police personnel’s are loosing their lives, Instead of protecting and helping to each other, Army and people of Pakistan are cutting throats of each other, Due to operation in FATA, Balouchistan, and operation of Lal Mosque, serious damage to image of army has occurred. This dictator did not know that only relation and link between different areas and sections of people of Pakistan is that of Islam, All energy and motivation of Pakistani nation comes from Islam, without that even survival of Pakistan is simply impossible, but this dictator was having no care of that, This is the reason that army and security forces have lost all motivation, and anti social elements are committing freely their crimes.
    Damage to Judicial system:
    This under graduate General has caused serious damage to Judicial system of Pakistan, He was not knowing that in history when a dictator throw away any judge on street due to fair practices of justice then that Judge becomes the greatest judge of history, In Karachi on 12-05-2007,so many civilians were killed just to damage and abuse the
    Judicial system of Pakistan.
    Damage to Parliament:
    This dictator for the lust of power in 1999 removed a prime minister who was having Two Third majority in Parliament and a fake referendum was held to validate his dictatorship in which he showed that he was having support of 98 % of people, while in fact in history even in a single constituency of Pakistan it is simply not possible for any candidate to win so much support. He re-elected himself as a president for next five years, being a government employee wearing Military Uniform, while as per Pakistan constitution it is not allowed to compete elections being in job of Government, moreover from a parliament which already has elected him president once, and was going to complete its life just in next few months.
    Violent Poilicies of Non-Religious Leader Mr. Zardari..
    Policies of Mr. Zardari are just concentrated on the central Idea of taking the revenge of her wife from the people of FATA and NWFP, Mr.Zardari is an incompetent person for the post of president, he has become president of Pakistan, just due to greed and selfishness of the members of Parliament, as his own party was not having even simple majority in the Parliament and Mr. Zardari is taking the revenge of her deceased wife from people of FATA, and his policy is just killing and more killing of religious people of FATA and NWFP, Thousands of civilian peoples and army soldiers have been killed but there is no tears in his eyes he wants more deaths more attacks and more violence, therefore instead of making any effort for peace he is just saying that he wants victory he want to kill extremist Taliban, he say there is no option except war, he is desiring War in his own country with his fellow country men. , on one side he is using Pakistani security forces for killing tribal’s area people and on other hand helping and persuading USA to kill these tribal’s people, so that tribal’s people in reaction will do violent protest and attacks on USA and Pakistan Security forces in reaction and then Mr.Zardari will be able to claim that these are terrorist. By this vindictive policy Mr.Zardari Just want to satisfy his sense of revenge of the death of her wife, it is true that her wife was killed by some extremist due to her irresponsible statement that she would allow USA troops in FATA for operation against Talibans but now it is not correct to kill all religious people of FATA and NWFP in reaction to death of Benazir Bhutto, it will be justified to judicially penalize to those who have killed Benazir Bhutto.
    Reasons for Success of Religious Leaders and Failure of others:
    All success of Quaid-e-Azam and General Zia-ul-Haq were due to trust of Pakistani Nation on them due to their commitment with Islam, Muslims and Pakistan, in proving that commitment both were very proactive while present rulers are devoid of such characteristics, due to which today tribal people who have helped Pakistan in liberating 1/3 of Kashmir, and Mujahideen who helped Pakistan in Afghan Jihad are now attacking Pakistan security forces and national assets.
    Due to Quaid-e-Azam commitment and support for Islam and Muslims,he was able to compete both British Empire a World Super of that time and India second largest country of the world. In the same manner General Zia was able to give the defeat to Soviet Union a world super power,just by sensing the psychology and religious culture of people of Pakistan.
    While recent non-religious and ethnocentric rulers such as Musharaf and Zardari nor have any Ideology and neither have any courage to go in masses and are even unable to control the affairs of the Capital of Pakistan,Islamabad and the city of Rawalpindi where the General Head Quarter of Pakistan Army is located, because these rulers have chronically failed in proving their sincerity with Islam, Muslims and the people of Pakistan ,Which was proved on the day of Death of Benazir Bhutto,when workers and supporters of these non-religious leaders committed each and every crime against the innocent and peaceful citizens of Pakistan, both Musharaf who was in power at that time and Zardari who was the successor of Benazir chronically failed in protecting the assets and citizens from their violent supporters, therefore now how people of Pakistan can support and trust such selfish and deceptive leaders.
    It is the responsibility of world leaders specially western nations to analyze the situation scientifically, because even for Western Nations Jinnah and Zia , were more beneficial while it is quite obvious that Musharaf and Zardari who are just using guns to gain their objective will just fail, and Musharaf already had failed and the situation is highly volatile at present, therefore it is the need of time to encourage those people to come forward who can solve the crisis of Afghanistan and Pakistan peacefully with Ideological Warfare and not with deceptive politics and Guns.
    Written By: Muhammad Akram Khan Niazi.

  74. sumera says:
    July 9th, 2010 5:17 am

    z.a bhutto was a great leader not only of sindh but of south asia as well. i always wonder how could be he hanged and nothing was done against this unjustice. he always will be in our hearts. may allah bless him and give his soul peace!

  75. sonny says:
    August 19th, 2010 5:26 am

    Zia Ul Haq was a great leader, its as simple as that and well said by Mr Niazi…..

    history says it all whether we agree or not that as human things as its impossible to get everyone to see from the wider prespective…how times have changed and we have fallen as a nation from the times of Zia to now and nation raped by the PPP governements again and again and yet people still stupid enough not to see or not willing to see ………

    the leaders now have everything outside of pakistan and how sad that the people who rule Pakistan dont have any interests in Pakistan other than shipping dollars out.

    Wish someone rises from the ashes and puts them all along a firing all as the current leaders are responsible for the blood or so many innocent lives

  76. Noor says:
    April 4th, 2011 2:21 am

    Was Winston Churchill a saint?
    Had Abraham Lincoln fallen from the sky?
    Did Mao come with a scripture from the heavens?

    If not, then why can’t Bhutto be counted as a great politician who was emotionally intelligent and principled.

    Zia’s sham-Islamism imported from USA has brought this nation to the verge of disintegration, with the “mardan-e-momin (Taliban)”, the coward idiots, blowing themselves here and there, spilling blood of the innocent citizens of this country, as the state’s downward spiral speeds.

    I wish Bhuttoism, if not Bhutto, had been alive today.

    In the name of Bhutto, clowns and dwarfs are presenting a naked dance on the national political stage. Depressing.

  77. April 4th, 2011 7:38 am

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    - “because كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ”
    - “My only two cents: Zia was evil to the core! Yuck!”
    - “Funny to notice how he says; justice must be done. Right, exactly after 9 years 4 months & 13 days ..Zia actually fell from heights and vanished in the fire ball…Such was revenge of nature..”
    - “zia boastered kill a assest of pakistan”

  78. moise says:
    April 4th, 2011 11:51 am

    Pakistani so called intellectuals and liberals fail to understand there is world outside Pakistan and policy maker in West pretty much control which leader stays and which one gets shot.

    Whenever any leader use natural resources to industrialized country, improve its human development and stopped being a tool of imperialism a.k.a. globalization he will get shot or bombed. Sad fact is our intellectuals are in romance when it comes to West. They are unable to see the rush for resource theft from Muslim countries and happy to sing hymns for Western policy makers, notable examples are Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Indonesia.

    We are pretty much doomed because thinking people are as confused as a common man. We dont learn from history and we are going to make same mistake people made all over the centuries.

    Bhutto decided to help people and believer in Pan-Islamisim, he was shot in cell or hanged which ever side you listen to.

    Following countries have their leaders thrown out:
    Hawaii * Cuba * Philippines * Puerto Rico * Nicaragua * Honduras * Iran * Guatemala * South Vietnam * Chile * Grenada * Panama * Afghanistan * Iraq * Egypt * Libya soon

    Good leaders can do nothing now, they will be shot. Change the system.

  79. Indusonian says:
    April 7th, 2011 3:12 am

    It is indviduals like Noor who fail to understand the damage bhuttoism transfered as a gift to Pakistan:
    1) Loss of East Pakistan – nothing can top this tragic incident
    2)Loss of Business
    3)Rise of corruption
    4)Foundation for ethnic divisions amongst West Pakistanis

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