Political news check has the legend Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a name that carried all the charisma to shake the imperialist world to its foundations. He was not an ordinary man that graced the political horizon of Pakistan but was also seen as a beacon for the oppressed nations of the third world and Islamic world. S.ZAB an Oxford Graduate was truly in the league of Karl Marx, Burton Russell and Kant in his Philosophical and Ideology and thoughts but his sheer practicality places him high above others that brought change to world by their ideology. Since his early days while starting his career his speeches, lectures and articles were reflecting that a great savior is in making. Such was the charisma of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto that entire Third world from Libya to Indonesia were mesmerized by his leadership and He gave an ever lasting Ideology which Karl Marx and others failed to produce though their concepts prevailed for a while. An Idea, Theology, or Economic system when conceptualized with the consciousness as a frozen axiom in terms of acceptance, becomes a matter of faith. He brought religion, Economy and democracy under one Charter which was not only the need of those times but also had a complete insight of 21th century’s challenges
1. Islam is our religion
The crushing defeat of six Islamic armies in six days by Israel had demoralized entire Islamic world. It was ZAB that brought together all the important leaders of Islamic world namely Shah Faisal, Yasser Arafat, Qaddafi, Raza Shah, Ehde Ameen etc. in 2nd Islamic countries Conference held in Lahore in 1974. He briefed and convinced them of their potential and warned them not become stooges of the west by joining either of the blocks as he was a strong supporter of the Non Allied Movement. He presented a scintillating idea based on the eternal religion of Islam and it was the formation of Islamic Block. He advocated the formation of Islamic Bank to redirect the flow of investments towards the betterment of people of Islamic nations. He suggested that all the investments made by Islamic countries in west should be withdrawn and invested with the Islamic Bank for the purpose of Industrialization, prosperity and economic activity. This could have had serious consequences on the western state Companies had this been materialized. In this regard ZAB suggested that all the Oil facilities in Gulf Countries should be nationalized as at that time the Lion’s share of the profits was sucked up by the Imperialist Companies and a token money was paid to the country of origin.
He presented the idea of Islamic army consisting of all the Islamic states to face any threat of aggression and to provide deterrence to the weaker Islamic states against the Zionist Expansionist agenda. He knew that The Communist Block and US Block were using weak Islamic countries to their usage and they may get destroyed between the clash of titans. The most Important was acquiring the nuclear Technology for the purpose of making an Islamic Bomb to bring Islamic forces at a level of military superiority where all threats can be neutralized. That's why he has been referred as the father of Islamic Bomb. Ironically The concept of Islamic Bomb remained intact till a Dictator took the honor away from the Ummah and made it a solely a Pakistani Bomb. This agenda proved fatal for ZAB as Henry Kissinger the then Secretary of State said on record that ZAB should refrain from his pursuit or else he would be made an example for the rest. Unfortunately the major players of this declaration were victimized isolated and killed brutally by the imperialist powers. Shah Faisal was killed, Bhutto was hanged; Qaddafi and Ammen were isolated while Arafat was declared a Terrorist.
2. Democracy is our politics
The manifestation of PPP was not a mere word of democracy but infact the only true example of active democracy by, of and for the people was only demonstrated by ZAB as he brought every matter of national interest in the court of people and discussed the policies in open rallies with the people. He considered Democracy as the only way to put together a ruined nation back on its track. He championed his cause when he inspite of having two third majority, got 73â€™s constitution signed by every political party of Pakistan including nationalist and religious parties. The political consciousness and democratic wisdom attainted by our general public can only be attributed to Quaid-e Awam that people took hold of their destiny while having a clear idea of their destination.
He knew that democracy has fashioned the minds of a younger generation and he read it clearly while pledging to eat grass and fight for thousand years for the cause of Kashmir. He assured that Pakistan would not become at any cost the victim of nuclear blackmailing of India
3. Socialism is our economy
By Socialism SZAB meant a political and economic system or policy of social organization which advocated that the community as a whole should own and control the means of production, capital, land, property, etc. Keeping in view the words of Quaid-e-Azam, ZAB’s socialism was not an un-Islamic provision but had a broader Islamic injection of equality humanity into its causes. At that time the total wealth of Pakistan was concentrated in the hands of 22 families whom also happened to be the ruling class of Pakistan. The laborers and farmers were in poor condition while landlords were all powerful to manipulate and exploit the oppressed and needy. He worked on clear manifesto for social empowerment and redistributive justice, equitable distribution of wealth and that the major gains of economic activity must trickle down to the masses.
The farmers were made the landlords and the laborers were given their rights and a platform in shape of labor unions to extend their voice collectively so that they can be heard seriously in the power corridors. The minimum wages were raised, land reforms were introduced heavy mechanical complexes were established which were great achievements no other government had ever undertaken in Pakistan. Modern era and present economic situation is witness to the fact all the capitalist economies are at their saturation point while the socialist economy of China has made it an economic Giant of the Modern times. What ever SZAB did in social and economic sector without any dispute has become the back bone of Pakistan’s future
4.Power belongs to people in this world
This is perhaps the most important feature of SZAB ideology that made him the most admired leader of the entire third world’s population. it engulfed the Pakistani nation to an extend that PPP only after three years of its inception achieved a landslide victory which enlightened the masses and a new generation was grown with a political wisdom and self belief. All this happened in the darkest times of our history when nation was down trodden with the separation of East Pakistan. There was no political activity among the people of Pakistan and any general could acquire the reins of power at his sweet will.
At a time when Pakistan, under a fascist Dictator Ayub Khan, surrendered the Kashmir cause in Tashkent Pact He resigned from the cabinet and stood against the tyrant of his times. He involved the nation in the process of decision making and now the policies concerning the country were not made in GHQ or the drawing rooms of the Generals and their stooges. He was the first one to challenge the feudal system and gave political consciousness to the ordinary masses by making them believe deep inside that its they that constitute the federation of Pakistan and in this regard they are the supreme source of power and can decide the fate of their country by participating in the political process.
Ayub Khan once said that this nation cannot produce a Constitution as it has not in 22 years But SZAB gave us a Constitution in two years which not a single party disputes till date.
The international achievements of SZAB cannot be overlooked. Pakistan was hand cuffed by military pacts with the West in 60â€™s. it was the political wisdom of SZAB that he was able to establish contacts with Russia and secure Aid from it not to mention that Russia was the staunchest ally of India in those times. He laid the foundation of Sino-Pak friendship which till date is the most important feature of Pakistan’s foreign policy The recent induction of JF- thunder Fighter planes is the sky high example of that friendship. It was his relentless efforts that provided China a permanent Seat in the security council of United Nations.
But Imperialists could not swallow what they saw as the biggest threat to their hegemony. How could they have foregone their authority on oil and raw materials of the third world in general and Islamic world in particular and most importantly how could they have digested an Islamic Block and a United Nations of Islamic countries. SZAB said to the heads of Islamic states in Lahore , with 80 % of the world Oil and Gas and 70 % of Human and material resources. An army with religious fervor and Zeal and a Chain of Borders glued together, what else is required to attain economic prosperity and Peace. He was assassinated by a stooge of imperialists who had no regard and vision and killed the best and only hope of the people of Pakistan. He did not die actually as his philosophy became the difference between the masses and establishment and from there political horizon was split between Pro and Anti Bhutto parties. A western political analyst said once it’s the miracle of PPP that its leader has always led his country from grave.