Z.A. Bhutto was widely admired for his geniusness as Henry Kissinger may not have been way off the mark when he remarked, “Elegant, eloquent, subtle. . . .I found him brilliant, charming, of global stature in his perceptions. . . .He did not suffer fools gladly.” But on the other hand, “One has to remember that Bhutto’s own associates were not spared his wrath; J.A. Rahim, a senior member of the cabinet, learned this lesson the hard way. He annoyed Bhutto once by leaving early from a dinner hosted by the PM. Rahim also made the mistake of showing his resentment by calling Bhutto, ‘Raja of Larkana’. What follows is how Rahim described this horrifying experience to Wolpert: “On reaching home, I went to bed. . . . About 1 A.M., I was woken up by my servant who said that there was a crowd of people before the house. . . . Some men of the FSF were climbing up the front balcony for the purpose of entering my bedroom. . . . I went to the front door downstairs. . . . Saeed Ahmad Khan, Chief of PM’s Security, who was at the head of that mob of armed FSF thugs, answered that he had come to deliver a message from the PM. . . . As the door opened, they rushed in . . . . Besides being beaten by fists, I was hit by rifle butts. I was thrown to the ground and hit while prostrate. . . . I lost consciousness. . . . I was dragged by my legs, then thrown into a jeep. . . . bleeding profusely.” Intellectually brilliant, Rahim had retired as Pakistan’s ambassador to France, had been one of the founding members of PPP, and had written its manifesto.”
Dulai camp Azad Kashmir is another black spot on that era as was the killing of already mentioned Kh Rafique in Lahore and Abdul Samad Achakazai in Balochistan. It is difficult to defend the notorious Dulai Camp even by the heirs and beneficiaries of Bhutto and PPP at large. ” No account of Bhutto’s Awami Raj is complete without Dalai Camp. It will be fair to call it Bhutto’s Guantanamo Bay. It was used to secretly detain, three political dissidents (Iftikhar Tari, Ch. Irshad and Mian Aslam). These individuals were former PPP members, who had fallen out with Bhutto and left PPP along with Khar. As I recall, two of them had been former provincial ministers. Fearing arrest, some of them had been granted bail before arrest by the high court. They vanished without trace one day, having been picked up by FSF and were only recovered when Bhutto was deposed. Iftikhar Tari, who had the reputation of a goon, appeared broken after release. He narrated his ordeal on TV and could not stop crying in a program called, Zulm ki dastanay.”
“ZAB’s intolerance had no limits. On 23rd March 1973, an opposition rally at Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi was disrupted. Here is the eye witness account by Ch. Sardar, who was SP Police at the time: “It was in the air that armed workers would be present in the public meeting. . . .then came reports that that armed PPP workers were also coming to the same public meeting. . . .by midday, we received information that large convoys of PPP crowds were coming from Punjab and some of them were armed as well. . . .DSP City told me that he saw some FSF men in plain clothes and suspected their involvement—On the FSF involvement, I was really shocked.” The violence at Liaquat Bagh led to eleven deaths and hundreds of serious injuries. Almost four decades later, BB was assassinated at the gate of the same Liaquat Bagh; was this divine retribution? One has to wonder.”
With regard to fall of Dacca, three leaders; Mujeeb, ZA Bhutto and Gen Yahya miserably failed to agree upon some power sharing formula. It was a grave misconduct on part of politicians. The greed took over, instability incurred and Indian leadership were successful to bisect Pakistan as it made full use of the chance available. Present Indian PM Modi has acknowledged the involvement of India as during his visit to Bangladesh in June 2015, PM Modi had admitted that India played a part in the break-up of Pakistan in 1971 Liberation War. He had said that he was proud that Indian troops sacrificed themselves for liberation of Bangladesh.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a great leader, statesman, very popular and a genius person. He gave us 1973 Constitution that was almost unanimously approved. He inculcated political awareness to the people of Pakistan about their rights. Reforms in Agriculture, labour industry were introduced. First time the Pakistani politics was taken out of drawing rooms. At the same time his few ill admired assessments have left everlasting impression on our history. There are no corruption allegations whatsoever against him unlike the present bunch of corrupt political leadership; with few exceptions.
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