KARACHI: A 10-day exhibition of photographs depicting the life and times of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto opened at the National Museum on Wednesday. The exhibition has been organized by the Sindh government’s culture department.

Z.A Bhutto delivering a speech.

The pictures on display represent the different phases of Z. A. Bhutto’s life. While a majority of them are black-&-white, some colour photographs (and a few of his famous, nicely-framed sayings) are equally evocative. Be it the Bhutto family life, ZAB’s foray into politics or the ordeals that he underwent, all phases can be traced through the images on display.

Murtaza, Sanam and Benazir Bhutto.

In a shot taken in 1955, Benazir Bhutto and Murtaza Bhutto are seen sitting on their father’s lap. Another picture shows the young Murtaza, Sanam and Benazir immersed in a discussion.

Z.A Bhutto boarding a helicopter to reach Gilgit.

In a 1973 grab, ZAB is boarding a helicopter to reach Gilgit. Another set of pictures shows the premier meeting various world leaders during his foreign visits. One such picture was taken in Algeria in Jan 1972 and Begum Nusrat Bhutto is also seen in the background.

Z.A Bhutto at the Lahore High Court.

Perhaps the most poignant photograph in the exhibition is the one in which Z.A. Bhutto and his wife are at the Lahore High Court listening to the verdict which would decide the former prime minister’s fate. The close-up of the couple does not even need description.

Z.A Bhutto's Namaz-i-Janaza.

There is, however, one particular exhibit which is refreshing in its uniqueness and might pleasantly surprise history lovers. In 1964, when Mr Bhutto was Pakistan’s foreign minister, he wrote a letter to a respected literary magazine Nuqoosh, lauding its publishers for their untiring effort in promoting literature and literary values in the country. The marked feature of the exhibit is the prime minister’s very legible Urdu signature.

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Saleem Shah
April 6, 2012 6:41 am
Heros of yesterday are forgotton in history today,but Zulifqar Ali Bhutto will always be remembered as a living legacy and as a Hero in the history of Pakistan. I made this statement before Mr; Ahamed Reza Kasuri at Pakistani students' gathering at the University of Toronto,Canada..1977... Saleem Shah Madeji,Pakistan Now @ Miami,USA
jiye bhutto
April 6, 2012 8:41 pm
bohat aram sai bheatain hai sab bhtto bush kee chattar chaya main yahan sai bhee bas aik hee awaz bulund hotee hai jiye bhtto
Ashok Kumar
April 8, 2012 11:39 pm
Jiye Bhuto...Sada Jiye...
Zain Ali Syed
April 8, 2012 11:50 pm
awsome if i ll found some time tommorow ill must be there
July 11, 2012 11:21 am
khudda give him rest and peace to za bhutto
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