7 badass quotes from Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Published: April 4, 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.

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  • Ahmad Rafiq
    Apr 4, 2015 - 6:10PM

    The moment we stop glorifying this man, of whose accounts only Allah knows Best, Pakistan can move forward. Recommend

  • Raisani
    Apr 4, 2015 - 7:22PM

    Leaders like ZAB are born in centuries. Salute to you Mohsin-e-Pakistan. Recommend

  • Manzoor
    Apr 4, 2015 - 8:26PM

    We are an emotional people who are moved by words. ZAB was a master who knew the mind of the Pakistani and how to manipulate us. He was one of those who led us to the disaster that we are today.Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Apr 4, 2015 - 8:35PM

    Long live BhuttoRecommend

  • Mahtada
    Apr 4, 2015 - 10:16PM

    @Ahmad Rafiq:
    Why do you think that?Recommend

  • Saleem
    Apr 4, 2015 - 11:45PM

    Perceived as a ‘Hero’ amongst certain sections of Pakistanis for his political moves which on the contrary proved to be nonsensical and led the country into a chaotic humdrum. His senseless steps of nationalization of the economy and confusing steps of implement Islamic socialism by declaring Friday as Public holiday were the worst steps taken by any ruler in the history of Pakistan. In order to appease religious groups he got Ahmedis declared Non Muslims that triggered an unending violent movement against a peaceful and progressive section of society. To remain in power Bhutto took decisions which caused irrevocable damage to the social and political structure of the country.The brunts of this decision are still to be felt and fatally alienated the community in their own nation.Recommend

  • KHALID Mahmood Abbasi
    Apr 5, 2015 - 12:10AM

    Bhutto sahib was a great leader for the muslim ummah.
    He was the one who took the challenge of muslim’s unity along the power.Recommend

  • Saquib Saeed
    Apr 5, 2015 - 1:37AM

    ET please don’t turn yourself into something you’ve never been by using words like “badass”. It’s distasteful coming from your stature.Recommend

  • JSM
    Apr 5, 2015 - 6:24AM

    Has ZAB’s role in separation of Bangladesh or his failure to prevent alienation of East Pakistan been analysed?
    It appears that he was a power hungry politician.Recommend

  • Tariq
    Apr 5, 2015 - 8:40AM

    He did a mistake in the form of separation of West Pakistan(Bangladesh) and pay back in the form of taking initiative of Atomic Bomb but today’s politicians are making mistakes on mistakes and still doing nothing for the country. Recommend

  • Aslam
    Apr 5, 2015 - 9:54AM

    Praise or criticism; an un-denied fact is, Bhutto was rare genius.Recommend

  • Alter Ego
    Apr 5, 2015 - 10:50AM

    Glorifying Bhutto has got us esteemed leaders such as

    Hopefully the young prince

    Keep it upRecommend

  • Apr 5, 2015 - 11:23AM

    “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” John C. Maxwell

    Indeed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a great and brave man. Show me one leader of today, as well read and dynamic in his decisions???
    Remember citizens, ZAB gave his life for the A-Bomb. How many of today’s leaders have the courage to stand before the world and tell it that we are Muslim and WE WILL NOT BEG. Show me one member of Parliament who is worth the tissue paper of his qualification??? Show me which Pakistani leader that has not erred??? SalamsRecommend

  • Amir Nasiruddin
    Apr 5, 2015 - 3:34PM

    What A Great Leader ~ Recommend

    Apr 5, 2015 - 4:14PM

    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.Recommend

  • JSM
    Apr 5, 2015 - 4:26PM

    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. Recommend

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