Exhibition of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and family photos opens at Nairang Gallery

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LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman and Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) senior leader Zaka Ashraf on Wednesday formally inaugurated an exhibition of unique photos of late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and his family at Nairang Gallery.

The exhibition is basically the camera work of a professional photographer, Agha Feroz, who clicked photos of ZA Bhutto with a spy camera during the Ziaul Haq regime. Around 4,000 historical pictures of four generations of the Bhutto family, since 1910 to 2010, have been put on display.

A large number of PPP workers and Bhutto lovers visited the exhibition and appreciated the effort of photographer. The exhibition will continue for three days. More than 2,000 black and white pictures are included in the exhibition, which depicts the glamorous side of the Bhutto family. The Karachi-based Agha Feroz is the Bhuttos’ family photographer. He has spent more than half of his life with them as a devotee. Feroz said that he has made several pictures with his spy camera during Zia’s martial law period in the guise of a beggar. His work, he said, included picture capping political activities in Lahore, even some pictures showing army personnel torturing PPP diehards.

LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf on Wednesday said that the collection of rare photographs of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was a proof of artist’s immense love for the great leader.

The PCB chief inaugurated the exhibition of rare paintings of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto at the Nairang Art Galleries. There were almost 600 pictures of different eras of ZA Bhutto collected from various people but most of the pictures were captured by Agha Feroze Akhtar, who was the personal photographer of the former Prime Minister and claimed to have more than 40,000 photos of his leader.

Lauding the efforts of the artist, Zaka Ashraf said, “the collection of such rare photos shows the artist’s great love for his Shaheed leader which is a great gift for people of Lahore as well.”

“It is a great honour for me to inaugurate the photo exhibition of world’s greatest leader and such rare photos can’t be found anywhere in the world which reflect the image of great sacrifices he had offered for the country,” he said.

In reply to a question about U-19 cricket match at Jinnah Stadium, he said: “The match is halted due to Punjab ground interference as they have control of all the grounds. We may reschedule tournaments and shift them to other provinces.” About Ajmal Qasab’s death sentence, the PBC chief said: “The sentence won’t affect Pak-India tour.

This a matter of BCCI and Indian government, so there is no chance of cancellation of India tour and we will be waiting for it till the BCCI directly say no to us.”

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