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PPP rules, but where is Z.A. Bhutto?

Pakistan marked 30th death anniversary of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on April 4 — Bhutto was hanged at a Rawalpindi jail in 1979. Ironic it may sound: despite the achievements of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, very little has been done to keep him alive in the memories of people.

world Updated: Apr 09, 2009 00:43 IST
Kamal Siddiqi

Pakistan marked 30th death anniversary of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on April 4 — Bhutto was hanged at a Rawalpindi jail in 1979.

Ironic it may sound: despite the achievements of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, very little has been done to keep him alive in the memories of people.

His mention in official history books is brief; there are no buildings or places named after him. There is only one university in the private sector that bears his name. Another irony is that there is very little of his family left. Bhutto’s widow lives in seclusion and is seriously unwell.

Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is in power now, and people — who remember Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as the man who nationalised a number of the country's industries and created thousands of jobs — have high expectation from the government. They expect the government to do something to keep him alive.

Bhutto is also known as father of Pakistan's nuclear program and the man who brought Muslim leaders on one platform with the hosting of the Islamic Summit Conference in Lahore.

Many lament over the fact that “he was killed by the military junta at the behest of Western powers who were uncomfortable with his growing popularity”.

Thiry years down the line, PPP’s jiyalas, as the supporters of the party are known, complain that their party has been taken over by outsiders. Many say Zardari has hijacked the party and has appointed his loyalists to key positions in the party. In such a situation, the party and the legacy of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto stands at a crossroads now.