The Democratic Contribution of Bhuttos
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s contributions to the democratic system in Pakistan “Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (5 January 1928- 4 April 1979) was a Pakistani politician who served as the President of Pakistan from 1971 to 1973 and as a Prime Minister from 1973 to 1977. He was the founder of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).”3 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a perspective leader who dreamt of providing rights and freedom for every citizen in Pakistan. In addition, he implemented laws to better the economy and equality of life in Pakistan. Him and his party believed in creating a balance between equality and efficiency in the economy that benefit the working class only if the correct human rights laws were imposed to benefit not only the big corporations but also the employers. These beliefs were the fundamentals and basic foundations of PPP party and are still present in the party’s motives today. Throughout his time in power as a President and Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto contributed more to implementing democracy in Pakistan then his daughter, Benazir Bhutto. The policies he implemented and the bills he passes were all made to ensure and encourage a strong democratic system in Pakistan. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto created a strong foundation for democracy by drawing up the 1973 constitution. “The 1973 constitution was the first constitution to recognize human rights in Pakistan.” 4 Since providing basic human rights to all the citizens of a country is essential in a democratic order, as commonly believed, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was also successful in introducing this concept. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s other major contribution to Pakistan’s democratic system was his commitment to implement the pledges he made to his voters. “His [Zulfikar Ali Bhutto] introduction of issues that addressed the mass-interests, fixed minimum wages and lowered land ceilings was what defined iconic programme of the PPP.”5 Therefore, unlike many politicians, both before and...
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