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Bhutto to hang’ was plastered over the billboards in London on a crisp Saturday afternoon. Clemency appeals flooded in from Heads of State all over the world as well as the United Nations and Amnesty International. Seven days only (as opposed to the normal thirty) were permitted for Bhutto to appeal against the sentence. There was panic when Bhutto, a proud man, said he would not appeal to save his life. Begum Nusrat Bhutto had already been under house arrest in Lahore almost continuously since December.

Comparisons with what others had suffered under his régime or were suffering under the present one did not make his confinement any easier to bear. Whereas his opponents pointed glee fully to his distress, his supporters bemoaned the humiliation meted out to a man they revered as their former Prime Minister. Other people had obviously suffered for longer periods, but for Bhutto, a man accustomed to being surrounded by people, it was hardship enough. Considering that his task was outside with those people, together with his belief in his own innocence, the whole period must have seemed like a never-ending nightmare.

I made a temporary peace as a matter of political strategy ….. because Mr. Bhutto was Chief Martial Law Administrator ….. immediately after the lifting of the martial law on 21 April 1972, I showed my teeth against Mr. ) Kasuri narrated in detail the facts of the murder and his subsequent conduct. ’ Later in his testimony he stated: ‘I simply maintained a posture of affiliation with the party as a measure of expediency and self-preservation to maintain the smoke-screen of friendship with Mr. ’ Kasuri excused his eulogizing letters to the Prime Minister saying that it was ‘to keep Mr.

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