PPP mourns Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on death anniversary

06:03 PM | 4 Apr, 2021
PPP mourns Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on death anniversary

KARACHI – The 42nd death anniversary of former Prime Minister and founder of Pakistan Peoples’ Party Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was observed on Sunday with simplicity due to coronavirus pandemic.

Leaders and workers of the party visited his resting place at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh in Larkana and laid floral wreath and offered fateha.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto – A Profile

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was born on January 5, 1928, in Larkana. His father, Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto, was the dewan (Prime Minister) of the princely state of Junagadh.

Educated at Berkeley and Oxford, Bhutto trained as a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn. He served as Foreign Minister of Pakistan in Ayub Khan’s government but parted ways with him and founded his own party Pakistan People’s Party in 1967.

His party bagged a major share in 1970 elections in West Pakistan, and after Dhaka fall, Gen Yahya Khan transferred power to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and he became prime minister in 1973. Bhutto served in this capacity till his government was overthrown by Gen Zia-ul-Haq.

The PPP won the 1977 parliamentary elections but scores of political parties alleged PPP of rigging and amid wide-spread protests in July 1977, chief of army staff General Zia-ul-Haq deposed Bhutto in a bloodless coup.

Bhutto was executed on April 4, 1979, for authorising the murder of a political opponent, Ahmad Raza Khan Kasuri, although political observers still claim that it was a judicial murder on the behest of Zia-ul-Haq.