Zulfikar Ali Bhutto remembered on his 45th death anniversary

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto remembered on his 45th death anniversary
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Larkana (Web Desk): The 45th death anniversary of the founding chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is being observed today (Thursday).

The main event to remember the former prime minister and founder of the party will be held at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh in Larkana where a large number of followers of Bhutto and supporters of PPP are expected to gather.

The Sindh Government has made foolproof security arrangements to facilitate the people and avoid any untoward incident.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was born on January 5, 1928 in Larkana. His father, Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto, was the dewan of the princely state of Junagadh.

Bhutto started higher studies at Berkeley and Oxford, trained as a barrister at Lincoln s Inn. He entered politics as one of President Iskander Mirza s cabinet members, before being assigned several ministries during President Ayub Khan’s military rule.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto founded Pakistan People’s Party in 1967. He served as the 4th President of Pakistan from 1971 to 1973. He became prime minister of Pakistan on 14 August 1973 after parliament unanimously approved a new constitution in 1973.

The PPP won the 1977 parliamentary elections; however, a conservative alliance alleged widespread rigging and civil disorder escalated across Pakistan.

On 5 July 1977, chief of army staff General Zia-ul-Haq deposed Bhutto in a bloodless coup, and had the former prime minister controversially tried and executed by the Supreme Court (SC) in 1979 for allegedly authorising the murder of a political opponent, Ahmad Raza Khan Kasuri.

PM Shehbaz pays glowing tribute to Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto 

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday paid glowing tribute to former premier Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on his 45th death anniversary.

In a message, the premier said that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto played a key role in promoting democracy and democratic traditions in Pakistan.

He said it was due to efforts of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto that the country adopted a unanimously agreed upon Constitution in 1973.

The prime minister said a recent judgment of the Supreme Court has endorsed Bhutto's political struggle.

“Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's services for democracy in Pakistan will always be remembered,” PM Shehbaz said.