PPP to mark Bhutto’s 90th birth anniversary with Mirpur Khas rally

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Px15-068 SUJAWAL: Nov15 - Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari waves to supporters as he leads a rally of election campaing ahead of local government elections. ONLINE PHOTO

MIRPUR KHAS: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will celebrate the 90th birth anniversary of party founder and former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto with a rally in Mirpur Khas on Friday.

PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari will address the rally to mark the occasion.

One of the country’s most charismatic and popular leaders, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was born on January 5, 1928, in Ratodero Taluka, Larkana.He served as Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1973 to 1977, and prior to that as the fourth President of Pakistan from 1971 to 1973.

The PPP won the 1977 parliamentary elections; however, a conservative alliance alleged widespread rigging and civil disorder escalated across Pakistan.

On 5 July 1977, chief of army staff General Zia-ul-Haq deposed Bhutto in a bloodless coup and had the former prime minister controversially tried and executed by the Supreme Court in 1979 for authorising the murder of a political opponent, Ahmad Raza Khan Kasuri.

Bhutto founded the PPP on November 30, 1967. The party, through a mass mandate, managed to form the federal government thrice in its 50-year political journey.