Islamabad: Senior lawyer, politician and renowned analyst Ahmad Raza Kasuri Tuesday said that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto burnt all bridges by refusing to sit on the dialogue table with politicians from East Pakistan which was a key reason in the debacle of East Pakistan.
He was speaking in the newly launched program on Roze News Tareekh-e-Pakistan Ahmad Raza Kasuri Kay Sath. Ahmad Raza Kasuri revealed that a delegation led by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had met Chinese leadership in 1971 and during the meeting the Chinese leadership had recommended Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to engage in a dialogue with the Bengali leadership. He said that the Chinese government had urged the delegation not to indulge in any confrontation for at least a few months.
Kasuri added that upon his arrival in Pakistan Bhutto neglected the advice of Chinese leadership and created war hysteria by adopting an aggressive approach against India. Responding to a question by anchor Umer Tariq, Kasuri said that at the time West Pakistan’s bureaucracy and aristocratic land owners also supported Bhutto as they feared that if power is handed over to the Bengali leadership it would introduce strict land reforms.
Kasuri also pointed out economic inequality between East Pakistan and West Pakistan as a major reason that eventually resulted in separation.