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When is Death Anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto?

Each year, April 4th is declared as a public holiday in Sindh province and Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.

This day commemorates the death anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

History of Death Anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who was the fourth President of Pakistan from 1971 to 1973 and subsequently Prime Minister from 1973 to 1977.

He is revered by his followers in Pakistan as the 'People's Leader'. He was the founder of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and served as its chairman until his execution in 1979.

After the PPP won the 1977 parliamentary elections, the result was contested by several groups who alleged widespread corruption and vote-rigging. This led to civil disorder across Pakistan and on July 5th 1977, Bhutto was deposed in a bloodless coup by the Pakistani military.

Bhutto was tried and found guilty by the Supreme Court of authorizing the murder of a political opponent, Ahmad Raza Khan Kasuri. Bhutto was executed on April 4th 1979 in Rawalpindi jail.

His party, the PPP, remains one of the largest in Pakistan and his daughter Benazir Bhutto became prime minister after winning the Pakistani General elections of 1988.

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