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PPP celebrates Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s 93rd birthday

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan People’s Party yesterday celebrated the 93nd birthday of the party’s founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

Functions were held across the country including Islamabad to mark the day.

The PPP leaders vowed to follow  Bhutto’s philosophy who  made the country a nuclear power by laying the foundation of the programme and  gave a unanimous constitution to the country and focused on strengthening the democracy.

 

Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was born on January 5, 1928 in Larkana. His father, Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto, was the dewan of the princely state of Junagadh.

Bhutto trained as a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn and educated at Berkeley and Oxford.

He entered politics as one of President Iskander Mirza’s cabinet members, before assigning several ministries during President Ayub Khan’s military rule.

Bhutto founded the PPP in 1967. He served as the 4th President of Pakistan from 1971 to 1973.

He became prime minister of Pakistan on 14 August 1973 after parliament unanimously approved a new constitution.

The PPP also won the 1977 parliamentary elections.

However, a conservative alliance alleged rigging and civil disorder escalated across Pakistan.

On 5 July 1977, then chief of army staff General Ziaul Haq deposed Bhutto in a bloodless coup.

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