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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