‘If things do not change, there will be nothing left to change.

Either power must pass to the people or everything will perish’.

–Quote from a letter by Zulfi his daughter, Benazir Bhutto

(21 June 1978), as published in My Dearest Daughter:

A letter from the Death Cell (2007)

A few months before his judicial murder, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto wrote a letter to his daughter Benazir Bhutto which is now in a book form titled “My dearest-daughter” in which he discussed and analyzed the international politics. Even those who criticized Bhutto, now openly admit that he was the man who launched a masses specific struggle and condemned the elite specific policies and programs. He was the first politician who shared fears and hopes of the underclass created by the nexus of the feudal and civil and the military establishment. Today, such struggle is one of the most blatant forms of oppression in Pakistan. Such dichotomy of the rich and poor, even if far from the manifesto of PPP to eradicate, is what political parties should aim to be achieving. Bhutto’s ‘roti kapra makaan’ campaign was revolutionary, where the idea for it got lost even before it got fully implemented. It is now for the current political parties to actually, for once, look at something other than their vested interests.