KARACHI: The 41st death anniversary of former prime minister and founding chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is being observed today, April 4.
Bhutto was well aware of political scenario of newly born Pakistan and wanted to work for the development of his country even in his teen age. His enthusiasm gave him the ticket to President Iskander Mirza’s cabinet and he was made the youngest member of Pakistani delegation to United Nations.
His popularity made him an essential part of Ayub Khan’s government and there is no doubt that he was the man who built strong bonds of friendship with neighboring state China. His fallout with Ayub Khan gave birth to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on the political map of the country which later became the most popular national party. The party that had the belief “Islam is our faith, democracy is our polity, socialism is our economy. All power to the people.”
ZAB was a Pakistani nationalist and socialist his concept brought Pakistan closer to socialist China and his stances gave a signal of thunder to west about the emergence of Asia as a strong region. Bhutto also made strong relations with Muslim states like Saudi Arabia and Indonesia as he believed in Muslim unity. He knew it well that the development of country was based on strong allies and that’s the reason that he formed new one.
Bhutto was charismatic no matter where he was standing he was always known as a stalwart. From tearing Untied Nation’s papers in Security Council to winning Indira Gandhi over Simla conference his steps were always applauded.
He was executed on April 4, 1979 under General Zia regime.