Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s 41th Death Anniversary being observed today

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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who was the fourth President of Pakistan from 1971 to 1973 and subsequently Prime Minister from 1973 to 1977.

He is revered by his followers in Pakistan as the ‘People’s Leader’. He was the founder of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and served as its chairman until his execution in 1979.

After the PPP won the 1977 parliamentary elections, the result was contested by several groups who alleged widespread corruption and vote-rigging. This led to civil disorder across Pakistan and on July 5th 1977, Bhutto was deposed in a bloodless coup by General Zia regime.

Later Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged on April 4th 1979 in Rawalpindi jail, reportedly in midnight on the allegation on murder but majority of people from PPP and other political parties and even from judiciary termed the trial of SZAB unfair.

His party, the PPP, remains one of the largest in Pakistan and his daughter Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to head a democratic government in a muslim majority country. 

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