Friday - Apr 18, 2014

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.

Bhuttos in News

Bilawal wants more Pak sites as world heritage 17 Apr 2014
KARACHI : Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Patron-In-Chief Pakistan Peoples Party, has urged the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO to speed up work for declaring 18 more heritage sites in tentative list of Pakistan as World Heritage Sites to preserve the rich cultural and natural common heritage of humanity. On the eve of World Heritage Day being […]
Mumtaz Bhutto vows to rebuild PML-N in Sindh 16 Apr 2014
KARACHI,  Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leader Sardar Mumtaz Ali Bhutto said on Wednesday that after the reconciliation policy, PML-N has been reduced to naught in Sindh, but he has accepted the challenge of rebuilding it. He has been visiting villages, towns and cities in Sindh for this purpose but there is an air of hopelessness […]
American journalists call on Bilawal Bhutto Zardari 15 Apr 2014
KARACHI, A delegation of nine American journalists called on Pakistan Peoples Party Patron-In-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at Bilawal House and discussed different issues pertaining to the media. These journalists are on a visit under Pakistan-US Journalist Exchange programme organized by Hawaii-based East-West Center. Speaking with the delegation, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari hoped that the Exchange programme […]
Islamabad :  President Mamnoon Hussain reiterated commitment of the present government towards promotion of quality education at all levels and said that education sector is not merely a matter of priority for the government but is treated as a national emergency with focus on developing an educational system that is compatible with the requirements of […]
SU association elects new office-bearers 14 Apr 2014
JAMSHORO :  An important meeting of executive council of Sindh University Officers Welfare Association (SUOWA) was held in the senate hall of administrative block, Sindh University Jamshoro which elected a new body with the pledge to keep the association functioning in letter & spirit, work honestly and bury the differences if there were any amongst […]
Bilawals advisor deplores burning alive of Hindu shopkeeper 11 Apr 2014
KARACHI : Surendar Valasai, Advisor on Minority Affairs to PPP Patron-In-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has strongly condemned the reported kidnapping and burning alive of a minority Hindu Dalit shop owner Hans Ram in Punjabs Bahawalpur district today. In a statement, Valasai said it is horrific that mobs and criminals have started kidnapping and burning the […]
Medical student files petition against shortage of faculty, illegal admissions 11 Apr 2014
Ratodero, Sindh, A student of MBBS final year, Asif Ali son of Moula Bux Chandio of Chandka Medical College, Larkana, has filed a constitutional petition in the High Court of Sindh, Circuit Court, Larkana, praying therein that all deficiencies of faculties in terms of staff like professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers at CMC […]
Mumtaz seeks radical steps for Sindh 10 Apr 2014
KARACHI,  Veteran politician Mumtaz Ali Bhutto feels that drastic steps alone can now save his home province from collapsing. Things are extremely bad (in the southern territory), he remarked and referred to the general demand for harsher measures, including Governors Rule in Sindh as the incumbent chief minister was just a rubber stamp, and has […]
Naundero city littered with garbage 10 Apr 2014
NAUNDERO : The ever growing hometown of Bhutto leaders, Naundero, has turned a city littered with garbage owning to negligence of local municipal authorities. The heaps of garbage can be seen every locality including Gareebabad, Pir Jo Goth, Katpar Muhalla, Pir Girghal Shah muhalla, Mirani Muhalla, Kertia muhalla, Ghar Wah, Shahnawaz Bhutto Colony. Most of […]
Bilawal announces Rs 100,000 for each football team player 9 Apr 2014
  KARACHI,  Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Patron-In-Chief, Pakistan Peoples Party on Wednesday invited Pakistan Street Child Football team to Bilawal House and personally congratulated each player for displaying brilliant performance at Street Child Football World Cup in Brazil last week.   On the occasion, he announced a surprise for the child football heroes that he has […]
Bilawal greets street child football team 8 Apr 2014
KARACHI :Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Patron-In-Chief, Pakistan Peoples Party Tuesday invited Pakistan Street Child Football team to Bilawal House and personally congratulated each player for displaying brilliant performance at Street Child Football World Cup in Brazil last week. On the occasion he announced a surprise for the child football heroes that he has invited football legend […]
Media played positive role in strengthening democracy: Dodman 7 Apr 2014
KARACHI,  United States Consul General Michael Dodman on Thursday said that Karachi is a hub of media and from here media has played its positive role in improving law and order situation and strengthening democracy in the country. Addressing a seminar on Sindhi media, organized by Department of Mass Communication, Federal Urdu University of Arts, […]
Bilawals address undemocratic, imprudent: JI 5 Apr 2014
Lahore,  Secretary General, Jamaat e Islami, Liaqat Baloch has charged that Bilawal Bhutto Zardaris disgust for the system based on the Quran and the Sunnah under the garb of Talibans opposition besides his provocation to the armed forces for an operation, in his address at Z.A. Bhuttos anniversary reflected an  undemocratic and imprudent attitude. Talking […]
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari inaugurates dry core drilling at Moenjo-Daro 5 Apr 2014
Moenjo-Daro : The Dry Core Drilling, the technical and scientific process of determining the limits of archaeological site of Moenjo-Daro was inaugurated by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Patron-in-Chief, Pakistan Peoples Party on5th April 2014. It is first ever indigenous Mega effort at the Moenjo-Daro after 1965 almost 50 years back. The ceremony was attended by the […]

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