A Col­or­ful Per­son­al­ity

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

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

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