Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (5 January 1928 – 4 April 1979) was the 9th Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1973 to 1977, and the 4th President of Pakistan from 1971 to 1973. He was the founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)— the largest and most influential political party in Pakistan— and served as its chairman until his execution in 1979 in what many observers note a politically motivated charges of murder. His eldest daughter, Benazir Bhutto, would also serve as Prime minister, while his son Murtaza Bhutto, served as member of Parliament of Pakistan.

Educated at the University of California, Berkeley in the United States and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, Bhutto was noted for his progressive economic initiatives, industrialization, education, energy and foreign policy, and his intellectualism. In addition to national security issues, Bhutto promoted his policies on the nationalization, health care, and social reforms. Under his premiership, Pakistan’s Parliament gave approval and passed unanimously the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan, a supreme law that provides a parliamentary system to Pakistan, strengthened the Sino-Pak and Saudi-Pak relations, recognition of East-Pakistan as Bangladesh, and hosted the second Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in 1974 where he delegated and invited leaders from the Muslim world to Lahore, Punjab Province of Pakistan. In July 1972, Bhutto successfully proceeded the Shimla treaty, signed with Indira Gandhi of India, brought 93,000 Prisoners of War back to Pakistan, and secured 5,000 sq mi (13,000 km2) held by India. In January 20 of 1972, weeks after the Indo-Pakistani 1971 winter war, Bhutto orchestrated, authorized, and administrated the scientific research on nuclear weapons; for this, he is colloquially known in the world as “Father of the Pakistan’s nuclear deterrent programme”.

A serious secessionist and rebellious conflict occurred in Balochistan province in 1973, calling for independence from Pakistan. In response, Bhutto ordered Pakistan Armed Forces an armed action, which was quelled by the Pakistan Armed Forces successfully in 1978. Bhutto and his party won the parliamentary elections held in 1977. However, in a successful coup d’état led by General Zia-ul-Haq under codename Operation Fair Play; Bhutto was removed from the office and was held in Central Jail Rawalpindi (CJR) as General Zia-ul-Haq proclaimed himself as Chief Martial Law Administrator of Pakistan. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed in 1979 after the Supreme Court of Pakistan controversially sentenced him to death for authorizing the murder of a political opponent, in a move that many believe was done under the directives of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.

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Glowing tribute paid to Justice (retd) Rana Bhagwandas 2 Mar 2015
KARACHI: A rich tribute was paid to a renowned personality and icon of the judiciary, Justice (Retd) Rana Bhagwandas in a befitting manners at a Condolence Reference organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University Karachi within the premises of the University on Sunday night. The distinguished speakers highlighted background, life achievements, performance, and role played by […]
2188 candidates appear in SAU entry test 1 Mar 2015
Hyderabad, The 2188 candidates appeared in the entry test conducted at Public School, Latifabad, for admission to Sindh Agriculture University (SAU), Tandojam, for the session 2014-15. The the candidates for admissions in Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Agricultural College Dokri and Khairpur College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology also appeared in the Test. The University has […]
President PPP Balochistan 27 Feb 2015
QUETTA : Pakistan People’s Party is party of masses. It has fought against five dictators. It has always been waging democratic struggle. This was stated by President PPP Balochistan Muhammad Sadiq Umrani while addressing a gathering in Hanna on the outskirts Friday afternoon. Veteran PPP leader Ashraf Kakar, former provincial President Jaffar George, PPP Secretary […]
Sindh govt to ensure workplace safety for labors: Qaim 27 Feb 2015
Karachi : Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that Sindh government was implementing a five-year Joint Action Plan (JAP) to ensure safety to workers at workplace. He said that Sindh government was adopting all-out measures within its ambit for welfare of workers despite of the fact that the main sources for the […]
21 villages disconnected for bill arrears 27 Feb 2015
NAUNDERO,  Local SEPCO authorities on the direction of Superintending Engineer, Larkana Circle, have disconnected electric supply to as many as 21 villages which are connected from Naundero grid station on the pretext of huge arrears of millions of rupees. These villages include Nanda Matla, Paru Bhutto, Wada Metla, Agani, Mitho Khuhro, Ghazi Kalhoro, Saidudero, Kubro, […]
Several encroachments removed in Naundero 26 Feb 2015
NAUNDERO : The Assistant Commissioner, Ratodero, Dr. Muhammad Bux Dharejo supervised the removal of illegal encroachments here on Thursday made by the habitual land grabbers in the name of earning livelihood which had destroyed the beauty of the town and its bazaars creating serious problems for the citizens and womenfolk. Dharejo told the habitual encroaching […]
Rita delivers lecture on educational opportunities in US 26 Feb 2015
KARACHI : The Executive Director, United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), Ms. Rita Bruun Akhtar said on Thursday that the USEFP is arranging Fulbright Scholarships for students of various universities of Pakistan and youth of Sindh Province, hence they should come forward and avail this opportunity on the basis of Merit and hardworking. She […]
Over 950 acres of encroached land retrieved 25 Feb 2015
KARACHI :  Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Wednesday said strict action would be taken against the people who challenged law and their abettors for permanent and durable peace in the city. Crackdown against encroachment would be carried out and no favour or pressure would be accepted in this regard, he said while addressing a […]
Rs 8.2 million electricity dues of Bhutto mausoleum still unpaid 25 Feb 2015
LARKANA : Arrears of Rs 8,258,683 (over Rs8.2 million) are outstanding by January 2015 against consumer No 17-38264-0098131 which is allocated to Bhutto mausoleum in Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto, the final resting place of Bhutto leaders, sources revealed to PPI on Wednesday. According to the sources, this bill pertains to 149 months which means nearly […]
‘PPP stood against horse-trading in every sense’ 24 Feb 2015
KARACHI : Sherry Rehman, Vice President of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians has said that PPP stood against horse-trading in every sense, and welcome cooperation to strengthen democracy but a Constitutional Amendment at this stage is not possible after announcement of Senate polling schedule. ?Neither can the Senate?s procedure of single transferable vote on proportional basis be open […]
Sindh CM presents Rs 10m cheque to KPC 24 Feb 2015
KARACHI : Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Tuesday held a meeting with the governing body of Karachi Press Club (PKC) and journalists belonging to various media outlets in which he handed over Rs 10 million cheque to KPC President. In response, he was given honourary life time membership of KPC. Speaking on […]
Shaheed BB Institute of Cardiology faces actute shortage of medics 23 Feb 2015
KARACHI : Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Institute of Cardiology located in Lyari General Hospital Karachi is facing acute shortage of specialist doctors and funds since last some years, it was learned on Monday. Sources at Lyari General Hospital on condition of anonymity said Shaheed Benazir Institute of Cardiology, a separate instiution, was established in Lyari General […]
Bilawal grieved at Rana Bhagwandas’s death 23 Feb 2015
KARACHI,  Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of Rana Bhagwandas, former Chief Justice of Pakistan, and paid illuminating tribute to him for his services to the nation. In a condolence message to the bereaved family, Bilawal prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul […]
All parties slams mafia involved in worst load shedding in Naundero 22 Feb 2015
NAUNDERO,  All Parties Conference, held here on Sunday at Municipal lawn, discussed single issue of unprecedented electricity load shedding comprising over 16-hour duration that is hitting the people of the town hard. The leaders decided to adopt resistance policy and seek their basic rights through people’s force. PPP-SB, PML-N, JSQM, Mazoor Ittehad, Sindh Graduates Association, […]

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