The 86th birth anniversary of former prime minister and founder of the Pakistan People’s Party‚ Zulfikar Ali Bhutto‚ is being observed today (Sunday) across the country.

Born on January 5‚ 1928 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto laid the basis for the democratic process in the country with the formation of Pakistan People’s Party on November 30‚ 1967.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto made country’s defence impregnable by starting nuclear programme. He made possible the consensus enactment of constitution of 1973.

The only son of Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto‚ Zulfikar Ali Bhutto completed his early education from Bombay’s Cathedral High School. He joined the University of Southern California in 1947‚ and later the University of California at Berkeley in June 1949.

After completing his degree with honours in Political Science at Berkeley in June 1950‚ he was admitted to Oxford.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto married Nusrat Isphahani on September 8‚ 1951. He was called to Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1953‚ and the same year his first child‚ Benazir Bhutto‚ was born on June 21. On his return to Pakistan‚ Bhutto started practicing Law at Dingomal’s. In 1958‚ he joined President Iskander Mirza’s Cabinet as Commerce Minister. He was the youngest Minister in Ayub Khan’s Cabinet. In 1963‚ he took over the post of Foreign Minister from Muhammad Ali Bogra.

His first major achievement was to conclude the Sino-Pakistan boundary agreement on March 2‚ 1963. In mid 1964‚ Bhutto helped convince Ayub of the wisdom of establishing closer economic and diplomatic links with Turkey and Iran.

The trio later on formed the R. C. D. In June 1966‚ Bhutto left Ayub’s Cabinet over differences concerning the Tashkent Agreement.

On April 4‚ 1979‚ the former Prime Minister was hanged after the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence passed by the Lahore High Court. The High Court had given him the death sentence on charges of murder of the father of a dissident PPP politician. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was buried in his ancestral village at Garhi Khuda Baksh‚ next to his father’s grave.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah visited the shrine of Zulifkar Ali Bhutto to pay homage to him.

Talking to newsmen‚ he said Shaheed Zulifkar Ali Bhutto had sacrificed his life for democracy and welfare of the poor people.

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