In any country, the rank of Prime Minister and President is greater than all other positions. The man thinks 100 times before he is accused of being hanged. But there has been a Prime Minister in Pakistan who was hanged. You will be surprised to know that this person had also been the President of Pakistan before becoming the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
The name of this former President and Prime Minister of Pakistan is Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He was the President of Pakistan from 20 December 1971 to 13 August 1973. After this, he held the post of Prime Minister of the country from 14 August 1973 to 5 July 1977.
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was considered to be one of the most powerful leaders of Pakistan, but in 1977, the army was overthrown under the leadership of the Pakistan Army Chief General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq. He was subsequently arrested on 3 September 1977. He was accused of killing the opposition leader. However, he always denied himself involved in the murder.
On 18 March 1978, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s biggest decision in life came and the Lahore High Court sentenced him to death. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto spent the last time of his life in Rawalpindi Jail. He also appealed against the verdict to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, but the court turned down his appeal.
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged at Rawalpindi Jail on the night of three April 1979 at two to four minutes. Although hanging is usually done in the morning, but this hanging was given at night. He hung on the noose for about half an hour. The doctor then examined Bhutto and declared him dead. His body was then taken down and then preparations started for burial.
It is said that when Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged, the people of Pakistan did not know this. According to the report, people came to know hours after his death when it appeared in a local newspaper. Then this news spread rapidly throughout the world.
While Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was in jail, Colonel Rafiuddin, who was an intelligence officer in Rawalpindi Jail, has written a book called ‘The Last 323 Days of Bhutto‘. In this book, he writes that shortly after he was hanged, a photographer of Pakistan’s intelligence agency photographed his private parts. Actually, this photo was taken so that it could be confirmed that Bhutto was not circumcised by Islamic customs. However, later this suspicion of Pakistani administration was dispelled.
A major decision came in 2018 when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hanged 39 years after his death. The Sindh High Court, giving martyr status to Bhutto, has added ‘martyr’ in front of his name. The court said that Bhutto was a victim of dictatorial rule.