BHUTTO-ZARDARI DEMOCRACY AND PAKISTAN, By S. Sartaj Hussain Shah

BHUTTO-ZARDARI DEMOCRACY AND PAKISTAN

If one tries to trace the history of creation of Pakistan, one will have to retread one’s steps till the eventful year of 1906 when All India Muslim League was founded. After many ups and downs, a new chapter opened on 23rd March 1940 with the passage of the Lahore Resolution. The results of 1946 elections were almost a guarantee that Pakistan will now come into being and on 14 August 1947 this great country came emerged on the world map as a sovereign state.

After the untimely death of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, a huge leadership void was created. And the people of Pakistan were waiting for a messiah that could mitigate their sufferings and make Pakistan what the founding fathers had dreamed it to be. Since nature has its own ways and the country continued to vacillate between military and somewhat civilian rules. But, during this hour of need, the nature was nurturing Bhutto to take the reins of Pakistan.  

After the sad demise of Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto’s elder son, Sikander Ali Bhutto, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the only surviving son of Sir Shahnawaz became an apple of everyone’s eyes. But, who would know that this beloved of one family will become the most loved leader of millions across Pakistan.

Although a plethora of literature have been written on this great, visionary, leader of Pakistan as well as the Islamic world, the book “Bhutto-Zardari democracy and Pakistan” has a special place in this lot. The author of this book, S. Sartaj Hussain Shah, is a jiyala of Bhutto since the early day of Z.A. Bhutto in politics. He saw the founding as well as the uncontrollable rise of Pakistan Peoples Party. In this simple yet impressive book, he has presented a deep insightful study of the political struggle of Bhuttos and Zardaris. Besides providing a brief background of these families, he has thrown light on their political career, he has provided brief profiles of noted PPP leaders and the development projects carried out during PPP governments. The book is adorned with beautiful pictures as well. In fine, it is a brief yet comprehensive overview of the Bhutto’s place and their role in Pakistan.

In short, besides general readers and Bhutto-lovers, this book is a treasure trove for the students of politics and those interested in country’s history. The writer covers all the key events that exerted a deep impact on the European continent from the eighteenth century until the twentieth century.

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