A new book on the life of former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto claims that the ill-fated populist leader spearheaded the country’s dramatic geopolitical tilt towards the Arab world after the Pak-India war of 1971, English Al Arabiya reported.
In Born to be Hanged, author Syeda Hameeda has expressed her opinion that the country embraced its Middle Eastern allies “as a direct fallout” of the military defeat to India and the birth of an independent Bangladesh in the early seventies.
The newly released book cites “emotional succour” and “India-centric policies” as being the primary reasons behind the decision, which had until then been “rooted in the sub-continent”, to turn westwards.
According to English Al Arabiya, the Pakistan Peoples Party founder and King Faisal of Saudi Arabia enjoyed a good personal relationship, as both held a shared vision on the way forward for the Islamic world.
However, the Shah of Iran was not very eager about the ideas of the two leaders, and Hameeda further states that Bhutto even wrote regarding his ties with the Iranian leader.
“The Shah had a complex attitude towards me. He was very envious. His ambitions of being a modern Cyrus the Great contributed in no small measure to his ruin as he lost touch with reality,” the former premier was quoted as saying in Born to be Hanged.