Pages: Price: Rs 35 An aura of romanticism invariably surrounds literature that comes from behind the prison walls, whether it flows from the pen of a Julius Fucik, a Gramsci or a Bhutto. But the work of the former Pakistan prime minister, Zulfikar All Bhutto, has an air of mystery about it as well. Written in his death cell in the Rawalpindi district jail with "paper on knees", the document was smuggled to a Lahore printing press and then to England for its photostat copies to be distributed there. Finally, the papers arrived in India for publication as a book. Even with death staring him in the face, he had not lost his faculty for analysis and his biting sarcasm. While claiming that he did his best to rebuild the Pakistan Army after the Bangladesh war, Bhutto attempts to prove that a large army is incongruous for the survival of Pakistan.
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It was a response to the pages of white lies also known as white papers issued out to frame the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to his death. It was a response to the allegations made against him which resulted in overthrowing his Government, suspending the constitution and imposing draconian martial law. It was an appeal for humanity written from a death cell. It was written with fierceness and fearlessness but at no point demonstrated a lack of high intellect.
He constantly referred to history and literature with the sophistication and mannerism of a scholar. Zia offered Zulfikar Ali Bhutto exile but on the condition that he would not enter politics for 10 years. According to Benazir Bhutto, her father did not accept this condition. Zia was right if that is the line of reasoning we opt in for because if Bhutto had gone in exile, he would have brought down the Zia regime in no time.
He had the power of people and there was no question of winning against it. BUT if they are unable to win then Army would take over. PNA failed and the Army took over! Bhutto was locked away to be hanged. It felt that they were just clutching onto straws. For example: - Use of warfare terminology. We have to mount a campaign against the enemy, starting from our points of strength and attacking the weak points of our opponents.
He visited the jhuggies where the cleaners lived, went to remotest villages sometimes 3 to 4 times just to ensure that his voice had been heard. There was no chance that he would have lost. There were millions of such atrocities cited in the document. The journalists were publicly flogged, the PPP members were in detention or killed, the Prime Minister himself was in a stinking death cell with not even the basic rights provided to him as a civilian of Pakistan, his family members were in jail or detention, his wife assaulted, daughter in detention — This is how democracy in Pakistan was suffocated, person by person.
He was humiliated during the trials with offensive language. He was constantly commanded to "shut up", "get up" and "take this man away until he regains his senses". Related Papers.
If I Am Assassinated Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Kennedy Bhutto was a Pakistani nationalist and socialist,  with particular views on the type of democracy needed in Pakistan. On becoming foreign minister in , his socialist viewpoint influenced him to embark on a close relationship with neighbouring China. At the time, many other countries accepted Taiwan as the legitimate single government of China, at a time when two governments each claimed to be "China". President Lyndon B. Johnson wrote to Bhutto, warning him that further overtures to China would jeopardize congressional support for aid to Pakistan. His leadership style and his swift rise to power brought him national prominence and popularity. Bhutto and his staff visited Beijing and were warmly received by the Chinese, and Bhutto greeted Mao Zedong with great respect.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Shelves: favorites , pakistan , wish-list I cannot call this a book because it is not. It was a response to the pages of white lies also known as white papers issued out to frame the shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to his death. It was a response to the allegations made against him which resulted in overthrowing his Government, suspending the constitution and imposing draconian martial law. It was an appeal for humanity written from a death cell.
Book review: "If I Am Assassinated" by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
If I Am Assassinated