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Pictures of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto – compiled by Shahid Saeed


Cross-posted from his blog

It would be an understatement to say that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto has admirers as passionate as the people who hate them. He divides opinion like no other politician in our country and the marks he left continue to haunt this country, in both good and bad ways. His political legacy is still alive and Zia only immortalized the myth of Bhutto. These pictures of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto have been taken from some pictorial biographies, archives and personal collections of a few people who chose to remain anonymous. I have around five hundred of ZAB’s photographs and portraits, three quarters of which are ones rarely seen even by people enthusiastic about political history. From time to time, I’ll upload a dozen or so pictures that I find interesting or noteworthy. If pictorial history isn’t interesting enough, I’m sorry.

Simla
The Simla Agreement has a lot of significance in our history. ZAB successfully negotiated the release of POWs, side stepped various tricky things on Bangladesh and carried out a successful diplomatic mission with his head held high. I need not lecture about the talks and the agreement’s importance. For that, please refer to other books or wikipedia.

Arriving in Chandigarh for the talks - June 28, 1972

 

Indira receives ZAB as he arrives in Simla for the talks on June 28, 1972. Benazir and Indian Foreign Minister Sardar Swaran Singh can also be seen
ZAB, Indira and Benazir at a dinner hosted before the talks - June 29, 1972

 

At the Raj Bhavan in Simla on June 30, 1972
At a cultural show hosted on the evening of July 1, 1972. Benazir is accompanying her father.
 

ZAB addressed members of the Pakistani delegation prior to the talks at the Simla resort - July 1, 1972

 

Prime Minister Gandhi and Bhutto sign the Agreement on July 2, 1972.
Meeting between the two after a dinner hosted by Indira

 

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi bids farewell to Prime Minister Bhutto after the Simla Conference - July 3, 1972.

 

Prime Minister Bhutto arrives in Chandigarh after the Simla conference - July 3, 1972.

Other Random Pictures
With some politicians of the day. I will add more Hayat Sherpao pictures later.

Bhutto with a very young Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao

 

Bhutto with his stalwart Hayat Sherpao
Bhutto with Syed Mardan Shah, popularly known as Pir Pagara
Bhutto with Mufti Mahmood - father of Maulana Fazlur Rehman
With dummy President Fazal Elahi Chaudhary

 

With Idi Amin - February 22, 1974
Prime Minister Bhutto inaugrates the country's first major nuclear infrastructure, the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP) on November 28, 1972
An impromptu address to a crowd in Qissa Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar - January 19, 1972

 

Another one of those brilliant pictures where he is coming out of court jubilantly. I always wonder if he realized the seriousness of the trial in the early days of the proceedings

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  • May I suggest to the compiler to refrain from polluting history with his personal bias.

    In ZAB’s picture with President Fazl Elahi Chaudhary who was an elected president according to the 1973 constitution of Pakistan, the compiler (Shahid Saad) writes:

    “With dummy President Fazal Elahi Chaudhary”

    Obviously, the author did not use any derogatory descriptor for His Highness Idi Amin or for the father of the Taliban Mullah Fazl-ur-Rehman. Or perhaps his idea of president is to see his military mentors as ‘president in uniform’, fully authorized to save Pakistan from corrupt feudals and jahil awaam.

    Previously, it was the same copy paste guy who had taken a cheap shot at President Zardari in his analysis of the 1995 Islamist coup against Beanzir Bhutto by writing:

    “The plan allegedly included plotting to kill then President Farooq Leghari, Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and some Cabinet members including then Federal Minister of Environment and Industries Mr. Benazir Bhutto aka current President Asif Ali Zardari.”

    and I wrote:

    “This lunatic stinks in his hatred for the party of the people and its leadership. These civil society types will keep researching the 1950 and 1990s coup archives while ignoring the fact that right now more than a million Shias are currently blockaded in Parachinar by none other than Pakistan Army and its good Taliban.”

  • @democrate
    you are of course entitled to your own views, but personally I think you are going much too far in your extrapolation of the author’s intentions from a few statements in his posts. This is an excellent compilation and we are glad to publish his well-researched posts.

  • @Rabia

    Perhaps you are right. I may be going a bit too far in my extrapolation of the author’s intentions.

    Let me reiterate the core point: May I suggest to the compiler to refrain from polluting history with his personal bias.

    Phrases such as ‘ZAB with his dummy president’ and ‘Mr. Benazir Bhutto aka current President Asif Ali Zardari’ are sufficient for me to doubt the author’s objectivity.

    You are of course entitled to your own interpretation.

  • My personal blog means I can inject my bias at any time. However, I find it funny how I am accused of hating the PPP whilst being a fan of ZAB.

  • Bhutto to Quaid e Azam (RA) se bhi baray Politician thay because Quaid ne ti 1 Pakistan banaya aur Bhutto ne 2 Pakistan banae.

  • Inam, if your read the history of pakistan you will find who is responsible for the creation of BANGLADAISH. Siyasatdano ki bhongion pe mat ja Tareekh parh

  • Siraj I have read history and all that is required to find the cause of Bangladesh elimination. Zulfiqar ali is responsible for the elimination. Such he kal bhi bhutto qatil tha aj bhi bhutto qatil tha. 1 zardari 100 beemari. Bhutto khandan snake ki tarah pakistann pe musallat he ALLAH pakistan k logoon ko is se nijat ata farme ap bhi dua kerain alat aur haqaeq ka yahi taqaza he. Waqi Bhutto qatil he aur pakistan tornay ka zimmadar bhi. ye haqeeqat he. ye lachi insan tha. allah isko qabar mainn bhi sakoon na day sharabi ko

  • Bhutto khandan pe lannat bayshumar acha hua bb mar gae lanat Bhutto khandan pe lutto aur phutttoooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Na samjho gay to mitt jao gay ay ”Pakistan” walo.
    long live Bhuttoism, long live Democracy, Dictators and their patriotic country sellers ”murdabad” always.

    • shaheed zulfiqar ali bhutto was a great leader and also brave leader who made pakistan an atomic power….. who gave pakistan a constitution,,,,,,,,,

  • Shaheed Z.A.Bhutto was a man of outstandig caliber. He will alive in the hearts of the people of Pakistan for ever

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  • I LIKE PPP AND IT,S FOUNDER ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTO .BUHTO WAS A GREAT LEADER AFTER JINNAH,S DEATH .I LOVE YOU ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTTO AND I WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU

  • I WILL BE MISSING Z.A BHUTTO TILL MY DEATH , I WISH I COULD HELP TO SAVE HIS LIFE AND SUPPORT HIM EARGERLY , HE INDEED WAS A DYNAMIC POLITICIAN AND A GIANT PRIME MINISTER .
    THE ONLY MISTAKE HE DID WAS “SOLD FOR MOLAS LIKE MUFTI MEHMOOD WHO AFTERWARDS BETRAYED HIM ”
    DR.PIR M.R JALIB JUNE 20, 2013

  • Jo kuch inam na ppp ky liya kaha ha mujy to lagta ha k agr kl us ka baap mar gaya to us k liya b yahi kuch kahy gi.jitni soch utni bat.