From left to right: Benazir, Shah Nawaz, Mir Murtaza, and "Sunny" (Sanam) [courtesy Piloo and Vina Mody].
Now I am going to speed his life up (getting a bit tired of Bhutto now).
After getting married, he and his wife went to Oxford where he had to complete his studies. Having a degree finally (Master of Arts with honors), he went to read bar at Lincoln's Inn.. the place where Jinnah had also read, 60 years earlier.
He swotted, and actually studied real hard. Passed his bar exam. And became a Barrister Bhutto. The interesting part is that he didn't have much time to spare law. His impatient nature was not the one to painfully analyse legal matters and draw up detailed legal outlines. He thought that law was only the means to the one end he had in mind: Politics.
Imagine what he was doing at that time by the way. He was supposed to be apprenticed in the chambers... But he was busy drafting a new agrarian policy for Pakistan (er, whatever that is..exactly).
Nusrat was at Karachi at that time and her first born was.... born. Benazir. Her aunt called this child "Pinkie" which became a favorite nickname in the family. The reason behind it was, of course, the beauty of this little kid. (sheesh.. can't believe Im talking about benazir bhutto here!!)
Khair.. Bhutto came back to Karachi when his daughter was nearly six months old and started his legal practise. 1954 began.. and Pakistani Constituent Assembly was still struggling with formulating a workable Constitution for the country ... **shamed**.. The main problem arising was the outcry of different provinces demanding special rights. Balochis, Frontier Pathans, Sindhis, Punjabis... *sigh*. The division was there already!
The speech quoted here from Quaid-e-Azam reminds one what Jinnah had envisaged, both in terms of this country.. and it's constitution. His address on 11th August 1947 in compressed form is:
"The first duty of a government is to maintain law and order...so that the life, property and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected..The second thing...is bribery and corruption. That really is a poison (Gah to the Dogar family and our amazing Chief Justice)..We must put that down with an iron hand....If we take our inspiration and guidance from the Holy Quran, the final victory...will be ours.. (Ho to all those who quote this speech, and miss out this part, propagating the theory that Pakistan was meant to be secular!)... Be prepared to sacrifice ...all, if necessary, in building up Pakistan as a bulwark of Islam and as one of the greatest nations whose ideal is peace...
Now if we want to make this great State of Pakistan happy and prosperous, we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor..............We should begin to work in that spirit and in course of time, all these angularities of the majority and minority communities, the Hindu Community and the Muslim Community ... will vanish...We are....all citizens and equal citizens of one State...."
:D.. Now that was SOME speech. But alas, Quaid didn't survive for long. And now the Constitution Catfight was in full swing..!
Anyway. The "One Unit Scheme" (which attempted to integrate the electoral hold of West Pakistan and East Pakistan in such a manner, that West Pakistan got exactly the same number of votes as East Pakistan --- quite, quite, unfair!) was the launching pad for Bhutto's entry into politics. He vehemently opposed this scheme, er, not because he was thinking of East Pakistan's rights. But the fact was that this scheme integrated the smaller provinces of East Pakistan into the province of Punjab. So Sindh was effectively being made "pensioner of Punjab".. this was the reason behind his opposition :S
Despite Bhutto’s best efforts, this scheme came into existence (obviously via some dirty politics by Kuhro – Bhutto’s archememy).
BUS. Bohot hogya (Enough already).. ..[I’m even dreaming of Bhutto/Zia these days .. this has got to be the 7th weirdest thing in me!]
And I have done only 50 pages … :) This is turning out to be……………………………………long.