On April 4, 2016 the people of Pakistan are observing the 37th anniversary of Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto with grief and sorrow, along with following his path of true democracy, rule of law and uphold the 1973 Constitution. Executing political leaders for whatever reasons doesn’t serve the cause of democracy in anyway. His hanging was declared judicial murder.

He was truly one of the greatest visionary leaders of modern era, whose political philosophy and democratic constitutional policies are logical, providing basic and guiding principles for all time to come. By virtue of his statesmanship qualities, he steered the nation towards the destination of peace, progress and stability under extremely challenging and difficult circumstances. He also provided the nation insight and leadership to counter the looming threats to the very existence of the country.

The Pakistan People’s Party was elected three times in 1988, 1993 and 2008 and ruled the country in the name of Bhutto as he was a symbol of democracy. He remained President, Prime Minister and Federal Minister but there was no allegation of corruption. Unfortunately Pakistan is lacking a ‘corruption free leader’. The last PPP government was filled with full of corruption. The present leadership of PPP is far off from the philosophy and thoughts of Zulifqar Ali Bhutto. That is the reason the party is in the oxygen tent.

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) which was formed by Zulifqar Ali Bhutto way back in 1967 has been empowered to rule the country by the people of Pakistan twice by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, twice by Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and once by Asif Ali Zardari.

The PPP leaders and workers have faced many difficult periods during military regimes particularly those of Zia ul Haq and General Pervez Musharraf. But the party remained intact and sustained itself as the major popular party of Pakistan till 2007. This was possible only because of the futuristic vision of the party’s founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto who had a mission to change the exploitative system and give the poor and the neglected equal rights and share in the national fortunes. But he was not allowed to succeed in his ambitions and was punished and executed for pleading the cause of the poor and guarding the national sovereignty. Unfortunately the party after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto was compromised with corruption, enemies of Bhuttos, and opportunists, at the cost of the political workers.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto gave people awareness and courage to speak for their rights. He brought politics out of drawing rooms and attracted the teeming millions much against the wishes of the hidden forces which have always undermined the people’s rule. Holding the Lahore Islamic Summit, which brought the Pakistanis on one platform, declaring Friday as weekly holiday, banning liquor were among his important contributions to Pakistan.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the man who had awakened and led the masses throughout his political career, the man who befriended the poor, exercised moral leadership and transform Pakistani politics was executed on April 4, 1979. His achievements can’t be forgotten.

The following are some responsibilities and achievements of his era of governance: He led Pakistan’ delegation to the UN and differed with the US by not voting against China’s membership – 1960. His famous speech at the UN Security Council, “We will wage a war for a thousand years” – 22-23 September 1965, he led mass movement for the restoration of democracy in 1968, landslide victory for PPP in 1970 elections, land reforms, Simla Agreement signed to get back 5000 square miles of territory occupied in 1971 war, Constitution of Pakistan passed unanimously on April 12, 1973, agreement for repatriation of 93,000 PoWs, and Islamic Summit at Lahore in 1975.

Kissinger warned Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto that if Pakistan continued with its nuclear program “the Prime Minister would have to pay a heavy price.

While recalling the great contributions, ZAB had made the history, present and future of Pakistan through his golden rules and policies, I was dawned upon with memoirs of Mohatrama Benazir Bhutto with whom I have had a good working relationship. Probably more than all of the present ppp leaders, it was she who had remembered her father every day, every moment of pain and crisis before making any decision of her life. She followed her full life following the footsteps of her late father. Today Both the leaders are not with us. They have left for ever physically but their memories and guidance will remain with the people of Pakistan.

Today in Pakistan there are rulers but not leaders who can give thoughts to the people and make progress for the country. We need a leader who can have an understanding with the people who have diverged interests in a respectable and justice able manner, change the life of the people and can fight out poverty, who can tie Kashmir, GB and four provinces in a single knot, give self-respect to the people of Pakistan, follow and advance the slogan of Zulifqar Ali Bhutto, give ‘Roti Kapra aur Makan’ with addition of education and health, be a symbol in the international community and can talk to the world bravely, fight terrorists and lay down the foundation of a modern world. For this purpose the country need a new Bhutto.