On January 5, 1928 witness the birth of ferocious Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the only son of Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto. He started his earlier education from Bombay’s Cathedral High School in 1947, he joined the university of Southern California, later he joined the University of California at Berkeley in June 1949.
He was the youngest member of Ayub Khan’s cabinet; his first major achievement was the Sino-Pakistan border agreement. After launching Pakistan People’s Party, Bhutto won the 1970’s election with a majority but failed to the same in East Pakistan, where Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman was the winner. Bhutto and Mujeeb failed to agree on an agreement which resulted in the 1971 war and separation.
Bhutto nationalized ten of the major industries, he was without any shadow of the doubt the most ferocious leader after Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, as he had the guts and intentions to look in the eyes of the Super powers of that time, in 1973 he became the Prime minister of the country.
Bhutto was highly in favor of Muslim brotherhood as he held the second Islamic summit in Lahore. He wanted a Muslim block with their own currency system. Bhutto vowed to make Pakistan the first Islamic Nuclear state as he quoted “We(Pakistan) will eat grass, even go hungry, but we will get one of our own (Atom bomb)…. We have no other choice!”. He carried out the nuclear program regardless of the foreign pressure and threats from John Kerry who promised that if he did not stop then U.S will make an example out of him.
Following a political crisis in 1977, Bhutto was put in Jail by General Zia-ul-Haque who imposed Martial law on July 5, 1977. On April 4, 1979 Bhutto was hanged when Supreme Court upheld the verdict pass by the Lahore High Court. He was accused of Murdering the Father of a PPP politician.
He was buried in Ghari Khuda Baksh, next t his father’s grave.
By Asim Ahmed Mallick