“I do not believe in conspiracy theories in general, but the similarities in the staging of riots in Chile (where the CIA allegedly helped overthrow President Salvadore Allande) and in Pakistan are just too close. Bhutto was removed from power in Pakistan by force on 5 July, after the usual party on the 4th at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, with U.S. approval, if not more, by General Zia-ul-Haq. As Americans, we must ask ourselves this: Is it possible that a rational military leader under the circumstances in Pakistan could have overthrown a constitutional government, without at least the tacit approval of the United States?”

–Former U.S. attorney general and human rights activist, Ramsey Clark – 1979.

Prominent individuals such as Ramsey Clark believed that Bhutto’s removal and his execution was one of the most dramatic changes in world politics and a major setback for the Soviet Union, who failed to realise the effects of Bhutto’s execution on its own future in advance. Bhutto’s death not only was a critical moment in the Cold War, it also turned out to be one of the significant instances in world politics since World War II, and a breakthrough in global power alignment. It also set back the efforts made for Kashmir that he was adamant on resolving, and it remains disputed 35 years later as well.