90th birth anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto being observed today
KARACHI (92 News) – The 90th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister and founder of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is being observed on Friday (today).
He was born on January 5, 1928 in the house of a landlord Shahnawaz Bhutto. He was an average student but his leadership skills rose when he went abroad for higher education.
Special ceremonies will be held at party offices across the country to mark the day.
Bhutto laid the foundation stone of the democratic process in the county with the formation of Pakistan Peoples’ Party on November 30, 1967.
Besides giving the nation a consensus Constitution, passed unanimously by the National Assembly on April 12, 1973, it was to the credit of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to make the defense of the country invincible through initiating the nuclear program.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto will also be remembered for his struggle for the rights of the poor masses and create awareness among the common man for his rights including the right to vote.
He completed his early education from Bombay’s Cathedral High School and in 1947, he then joined the University of Southern California, and later the University of California at Berkeley in June 1949. After completing his degree with honors in Political Science at Berkeley in June 1950, he got admission in Oxford University.
Bhutto married to Nusrat Isphahani on September 8, 1951, His first child was former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, the first women prime minister of a Muslim nation.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto launched Pakistan Peoples’ Party(PPP) and in the general elections held in December 1970. The party won with vast majority in West Pakistan. Following the 1971 war and the separation of East Pakistan, Yahya Khan resigned and Bhutto took over as President on December 20, 1971.
He took many practical measures to revive the honor, dignity and respect of the common man in the country.
After the National Assembly passed the 1973 Constitution, Bhutto was sworn in as the Prime Minister on August 14, 1973. Besides starting major development projects, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto made efforts to host the second Islamic Summit in Lahore on February 22, 1974.
On April 4, 1979, former prime minister was hanged, after the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence passed by the Lahore High Court.
Despite threats from United States and other Western countries, Bhutto continued nuclear program of the country. Bhutto believed in the foreign policy of bilateralism where no state would be entitled to interfere in Pakistan’s relations with other states.