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4th April: A day to revisit convictions of Bhutto

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4th April: A day to revisit convictions of Bhutto

4th April will always be remembered as the saddest day in the political history of Pakistan; when a dictator put a democratic rose to death with the help of judiciary.

A malicious judicial assassination of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto; who taught the Pakistani nation art of living with heads held high and gave the public a voice for speaking aloud for their rights; has been remained adequately unaddressed. Prior to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto the Pakistani public was not introduced to the real value of democracy and the country had no significant and widely consented constitution. Not only did he bring the nation together for one constitution but also played vital role in bringing the Muslim Ummah under one flag.

One who glorified Pakistan the worldwide and enabled it to become the first Islamic Atomic Power was buried silently but not unceremoniously in the darkness of the night. He was killed for no reason other than that he empowered Pakistan and brought together the Islamic countries on one platform.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was born on January 5, 1928. He was the only son of Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto. He completed his early education from Bombay’s Cathedral High School. In 1947, he took admission in the University of Southern California, and later in June 1949 joined the University of California at Berkeley. After completing his degree with honors in Political Science at Berkeley in June 1950, he was admitted to world famous Oxford University in United Kingdom.

He was the youngest member of the federal cabinet, as a Commerce Minister of Pakistan and in 1963 he took the charge of Foreign Minister of Pakistan. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s very first major triumph was to reckon the Sino-Pakistan Boundary agreement on March 2, 1963. In mid 1964 Bhutto enabled Pakistan to establish economic and diplomatic links with Turkey and Iran. A triangular relationship between Iran, Pakistan and Turkey culminated into Regional Co-operative Development (RCD) that was one of his biggest achievements on economic fronts.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto launched the first people based political party for the protection of rights, the Pakistan People’s Party(PPP) in 1967. He aimed to bring down the dictator Ayub Khan who had let down the nation at Tashkent in 1965. In general elections held in December 1970, PPP swept the polls with an overwhelming majority and on December 20, 1971 after General Yahya Khan’s resignation, Bhutto became the President of Pakistan. Major steps were taken by him for strengthening the national economy when Britain and other western countries recognized the new state of Bangladesh and in response Z A Bhutto withdrew membership from the Commonwealth of Nations and SEATO.

On March 1, 1972, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto introduced land reforms to empower the poor farmers of the country and bring revolutionary changes in the agricultural field. Same year on July 2, after political negotiations Zulfikar Ali Bhutto signed the Simla Agreement with India that paved the way for the return of occupied lands and the release of Pakistani prisoners of war captured in East Pakistan in the 1971.

After the National Assembly unanimously passed the 1973 Constitution, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was sworn-in as the Prime Minister of the country immediately after which he visited remote backward tribal areas of Pakistan. In FATA, he opened colleges for men and women and promised that he would improve the living standard of the people of FATA. The unemployed were given jobs, roads were constructed and hospitals were opened in addition to a lot other things.

Today, Pakistan is democratically ruled by the party founded by Z A Bhutto and perhaps it is the right time to correct the wrongdoings of judiciary and army dictators. Government has decided to reopen the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s (ZAB) case.

Reopening Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s (ZAB) case would prove to be a milestone in the history of Pakistan. This landmark measure by PPP would promote justice in the country and would discourage those decisions that were taken on the bases of pressure, favour or biases. The President of Pakistan, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari who is the co-chairman of PPP too has sent the reference in accordance with Article 186 of the Constitution. The Pakistan Peoples Party would prove to be the real heir of the legacy of late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and this act would also provide solace to the soul of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto if justice is seen to be done. Such a bold step would also be a source nurturing and strengthening democracy in the country.

It has become custom to celebrate leaders death and birth anniversaries however celebrating leaders’ death and birthdays must not remain confined only to loud speeches. It is the need of the hour to fulfill aspirations of ZA Bhutto who had wished to bring FATA into the mainstream of the country. 32 years back, Z A Bhutto had wished for political reforms in FATA but even today, people are living there with the noose of FCR around their throats. Even today they are deprived of basic health and educational facilities. It would shock the readers to know that throughout the tribal areas there is neither a single university, medical college nor any technical institutions. Even tribesmen are frequently kidnapped by terrorists and extremists.

Parachinar that was called “Switzerland of Pakistan” by Z A Bhutto during his visit there is now turned into a valley of death. Nothing is available to the people there as it is to people in the rest of the country. The main Peshawar to Parachinar road is stained with the blood of innocent people of Parachinar.

Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, and the PPP co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari, are requested to help the people of Parachinar by making the roads secure and opening orphanages for the children whose parents were killed in heinous acts of terrorism. Z. A. Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto always wanted Parachinar to be a reflection of heaven while currently it depicts only hell.

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  • M.AKRAM KHAN says:

    “Zulfikar Ali Bhutto: A recognized Killer of Bengalese.”

    Crimes of Bhutto Family against their Homeland and Faith.
    Bhutto Grand Father.
    • Bhutto grand father was a killer of a man after killing that man he disguised himself as a Sikh and disappeared in Punjab.
    • Bhutto grand father appeared as a false witness in court against Mr. Baghat Singh who was a great freedom fighter and hero of subcontinent.
    Bhutto Father.
    • Mr. Shanawaz Bhutto acted as a traitor in 1947 against Nawab of Junagarh and Munader who has announced annexation with Pakistan while Mr. Shanawaz Bhutto helped India in occupying that state.
    Mr. Bhutto:
    Bhutto was a chronic alcoholic man(Diary of General Ayoub)and more over , her own daughter Benazir Bhutto has written in her book “Daughter of East” that he used to say that he drinks alcohol and do not drink the blood of people. While he was the main culprit throwing two nations of subcontinent India and Pakistan into bloody wars of 1965 and 1971, in which thousands of innocent civilians and soldiers were cold bloodedly murdered and injured and huge infrastructure of subcontinent was destroyed.

    Crisis of 1971:
    Politicians of two provinces of Pakistan, Sindh and Pukhtoon Khwa always had played a negative role in the life of Pakistan. In fact the largest genocide of 3.0 million people of Pakistan committed in 1971 in East Pakistan was planned by General Yahya Khan and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. both were belonging from these two provinces. Moreover these two provinces are the main hub of disease of ethnic and hatred base provincial politics.

    Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was the head of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) in 1971. In the general election of 1970, Bhutto won 88 seats in West Pakistan as opposed to Mujib’s 162 seats out of 169. As per the legislation Mujib was supposed to form the government of Pakistan. According to some Pakistani high officials sources, at first president Yahya was more inclined to hand power over to Mujib.
    But Bhutto opposed Yahya’s decision. Bhutto represented the influential feudal lords. Pakistani military-feudal axis vehemently opposed the transference of power. They were afraid that Mujib’s democratic policies may adversely affect the existing feudal system of West Pakistan and curb the power of the top civil and military bureaucrats. So their representative Bhutto invited Yahya in the notorious Larkana meeting and together two shrewd jackals conspired to repress the Bengalese with military means and retain the political power in the hands of the West Pakistanis. This theory is plausible because such a brilliant idea is more likely to emanate from the arch Machiavellian: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Yahya is more given to kill his fellow countrymen to show off his military prowess than formulate a brilliant idea to sort all the problems together: destroy Bangladesh; keep the power in the hands of Bhutto and him; make Niazi and the army the scapegoat of the war in order to divert the attention of the Pakistani people. Tajuddin Ahmed was right to think that Bhutto was the deux ex machina behind the political conspiracy leading to the devastation of Pakistan: “…..Bhutto is responsible for the unprecedented brutality unleashed nationwide. Seating with him is impossible. Tajuddin’s view on Bhutto as described by Rao Forman Ali.
    Bhutto manipulated the military monsters (Yahya, Tikka) to secure his power and maintain his vested interest in politics.
    Due to lust of power of Mr. Bhutto, Pakistani nation which was the best model in the history of mankind representing universal brother hood between two equal parts of population separated by a distance of thousand miles were separated, it took few months in separation of these two parts, but in future for very long time no country of the world will be able to present such model of Human brotherhood on the map of the world.

    All through his political career Bhutto thrived on conspiracy and intrigues. As often the fate of such treacherous politicians is to end up in the hands of the partners in crime, Bhutto was justified to be hanged by his own Frankenstein: General Zia-ul Huq in a murder case registered by one of his own party member Mr. Ahmed Raza Qasuri against killing of his father Nawab Muhammad Khan by Bhutto with the help of government security official, because Mr. Qasuri being an elected member of parliament visited Dhaka for participation in the proceedings of National Assembly while Bhutto was threatening to members of National Assembly that he will break the legs of those members who will go to Dhaka for participation in assembly proceeding. Its mean this chronic alcoholic Bhutto for lust of power has already decided to break each and every relation with East Pakistan. So about 16 attempts were made by Bhutto to kill Mr.Qasuri and in one attempt his father was killed.
    Now present criminal rulers are trying to hide their crimes by NRO and by taking the advantage of their rule on country, why they have not made such reference in courts when they were not in the power. All members of PPP including MR. Gillani, Mr. Zardari and Babar Awan are gang of criminals always hiding their crimes by deception and tactics which they are facing in courts of law from Peshawar to Paris.
    There is need to start criminal investigation against Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto for genocide of Bengalese and crimes against humanity by United Nations and for compensation of all those killed by Bhutto , Specially in East Pakistan in past and at present killing of innocent religious people of FATA by corrupted Zardari using government security forces and resources.

    Written by M.AKRAM KHAN.
    KARACHI,
    PAKISTAN

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