A Colorful Personality
Your profile on Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was well-written, summarizing the political rise and fall of perhaps the most charismatic leader to hold office of prime minister in Pakistan. Famous for his labor reforms, foreign policy, and the Simla Agreement of 1972, Bhutto’s regime brought economic progress to Pakistan. Bhutto’s economic reforms are also noteworthy because of their success in reducing the concentration of wealth. Pakistan’s economic activity received a robust growth under Bhut-
to with the founding of Pakistan Steel Mills while his land reforms renewed the land allocation process. Bhutto also expanded the education sector of Pakistan as Allama Iqbal Open University, Quaid-e-Azam University and the Institute of Theoretical Physics were established during his tenure.
Although he remained powerful throughout his tenure, he took certain decisions that diluted his leadership skills with autocracy. Bhutto’s downfall began when he introduced the nationalization policy that resulted in the decline of investment. Pakistan’s economy suffered damage when industries could not find capital to run their business. On the political forefront, unrest was inevitable in Balochistan when he dissolved the Balochistan assembly followed by an army operation that killed innocent civilians.
Bhutto was a cabinet minister and served as a foreign minister before reaching the echelons of power as Prime Minister. Political greats of the country still regard him as a people’s leader and a man of virtues.
Ijaz Farrukh Lahore, Pakistan