7 badass quotes from Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

On his birth anniversary, we reminisce Bhutto's mesmerising speeches that once hypnotised an entire nation

Sundar Waqar April 04, 2015

On the morning of April 4, 1979, Pakistan’s first elected Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was executed on the orders of military dictator General Ziaul Haq.

Before the news of his execution could even reach his legions of followers, Bhutto was laid to rest.

Read: Four years on: Reference on Bhutto case reopening undecided

Bhutto's mesmerising speeches and strong socialist message once hypnotised an entire nation. Here are seven quotes by Bhutto that will forever remain etched in our memories.

1) Yeh qaum eik azeem qaum banayge, yeh qaum dunya ka loha banayge. Qabool hai apko? Tau khidmat karo gay, mehnat karo gay, laro gay, maro gay, aur jado jehad karo gay, eeman say karo gay, Allah ki kasam karo gay?

Translation: This nation will become a great nation, this nation will become the backbone of the world. Is this acceptable to you? So, will you serve, work hard, fight, die and struggle for it? Will you do it with sincerity? Will you swear by God and do it?


From a letter to his daughter, Benazir Bhutto (June 21, 1978), as published in My Dearest Daughter : A letter from the Death Cell (2007)




As quoted in The New York Times (July 6, 1973)

6)  I am leaving your security council. I find it disgraceful to my person and to my country to remain here a moment longer than necessary. My country harkens for me why should I waste my time here at the Security Council. You can take your security council, here you are, I am going.

7) "O Lord, help me, for I am innocent" -- His last words before being executed.


JSM | 9 years ago | Reply There are 2 points of view from where an issue should be looked at- from inside and from outside. The view from outside is that Bhutto is being overrated- in spite of his ranting and shouting and claimed brilliance, he could not protect the integrity of Pakistan. And that is the final test of a leader. Building of nuclear weapons is no greatness- N Korea has them, Israel has them, Iran has them.
oBSERVER | 9 years ago | Reply @Aslam: So was Machiavelli. Bhutto earnd the name of evil genius by his actions method of politics and personal vendetta. He broke up Jinnah's Pakistan for purely personal reason. Ultimately Divine Justice prevailed and his two partners in crime were also executed by their own people.
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