The Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Memorial at the Rawalpindi Central Jail Gallows. The four pillars symbolyse the four Federating Units of Pakistan.
Gallows of the old Rawalpindi Central Jail continue to haunt the Military Headquarters, where Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged in the early hours of April 4th 1979. After more than thirty years of Bhutto’s judicial murder, the military regimes it seems have struggled in vain to erase the scars of slaughter. Thirty Years to the fateful morning, it seems, the Garrison City of Rawalpindi hasn’t escaped the spell.
Benazir Bhutto, in her government days, built a memorial for the late Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Today, the memorial at Rawalpindi Central Jail fancies a Cinema, several foreign franchises and a grand shopping mall. Jinnah Park as it is now known was deliberately carved by the Military regime of General Musharraf. It not only seriously violates the sanctity of the monument built in remembrance of Quaid-e Awam, but abuses the reverence and love of the workers of the Pakistan People’s Party.
There is no harm in developing recreational facilities for the general public, but not at this expense. I have been studying in Rawalpindi for the past three years now and not a single day has passed by when it stings not like a thorn.
The People’s Democratic Government has been in place since April 2008, but nothing has been done so far in this regard. As a worker of Pakistan People’s Party and a responsible citizen of Pakistan, I request the People’s Government to address this issue as soon as possible. Perhaps a University and a Library could be built in Memorial of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.