Death Anniversary: Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto

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

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

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

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

77 responses to “Death Anniversary: Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto”

  1. Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto says:

    my name is Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto……

    the name says it all…….

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

    one Bhutto is martyred, thous—ands

    will rise……

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

  3. Mahpara Safdar (the famouse newscaster) recalls,

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

  4. Mahboob says:

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

  5. Lutful Islam says:

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

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

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