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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
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World Leader
    (January 5, 1928-April 4, 1979)
    Born in Larkana, Pakistan
    Founded the Pakistan People's Party (1967)
    President (1971-73) and Prime Minister (1973-77) of Pakistan
    Overthrown in a coup led by Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
    Arrested for allegedly ordering the assassination of a political rival
    Executed by hanging
    Father of future Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
    he was blamed for causing the crisis that led East Pakistan to break away and become Bangladesh by demanding nullification of the election in which East Pakistan's Alawi League won a majority of seats in the National Assembly (1971).
    His socialist policies, including nationalizing most industries, slowed down the country's economic progress.
    He allegedly ordered diplomat Jalaluddin Rahim tortured after Rahim complained that Bhutto had insulted his dinner guests by keeping them waiting until midnight for his arrival.
    He was accused of rigging an election to keep his party in power (March, 1977).
    In a last-ditch attempt to stay in power, he sucked up to Islamic fundamentalists by outlawing alcohol, gambling, nightclubs and movie theaters.
    He launched Pakistan's nuclear weapons program.
    He said, 'If India builds the bomb, we will eat grass or leaves, even go hungry, but we will get one of our own.'
    He negotiated the Shimla Treaty with Indira Gandhi, resulting in the return of 93,000 POWs and 5,000 square miles of Pakistani territory.
    Ten days after his arrest for ordering the assassination of a political rival, he was released, with the judge calling the evidence 'contradictory and incomplete.'
    Zia-ul-Haq's regime had him re-arrested and tried before a judge who had long been a political enemy of Bhutto.
    Doubts about the fairness of his trial led to pleas for clemency from US President Jimmy Carter, Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev, Chinese Premier Hua Guofeng and Pope John Paul II.
    In a 2011 newspaper poll, he was named the second-greatest Pakistani, behind only 'Father of the Nation' Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

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