Ali Bhutto – A Leader with Serious Oppositions

Ali Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who served as the President from 1971 to 1973, and as Prime Minister from 1973 to 1977. He formed the Pakistan People’s Party with its foundation in Socialist principles, his daughter Benazir Bhutto twice served as Prime Minister, and his son-in-law and Benazir’s husband, Asif Ali Zardari, was the recent President.

Ali Bhutto won the parliamentary elections in 1977 by a wide margin. However, the opposition alleged widespread vote rigging, and violence escalated across the country. In July of that year, Bhutto was deposed by his appointed army chief General Zia-ul-Haq in a bloodless coup before being controversially tried and executed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1979 for authorising the murder of a political opponent.

What should we expect from his chart ? A strong Pluto / 8th house would be a essential but also its likely that such a chart would include at least one very powerful opposition.

Ali Bhutto

Ali Bhutto had the Sun in Capricorn, always a handy placing for a career politician but it was in serious close opposition to Pluto.  His Moon is in the 8th house was in extremely close opposition to a Mars / Saturn conjunction. With this combination one would naturally be suspecting either a murderer or a victim. The nature of the aspects gives the clue as to which. Conjunctions are about planetary energies pulling in the same direction, oppositions are pulling strongly away from each other creating a tremendous amount of tension that has to find expression and resolution in life. Generally speaking, people with a lot of oppositions find themselves controlled by events rather than in control of them. So Ali Bhutto has the clearest chart of a murder victim that Capricorn Research has seen.

Bhutto’s personality was an interesting combination of different aspects of his chart. He was very much the consummate pragmatic politician that you would expect from a Capricorn Sun, but he also had a natural feel for communication and started off as one of the people through his founding of the socialist PPP as you would expect from someone with a Gemini Moon.

Bhutto’s Moon was opposite a Mars / Saturn conjunction which at times made him edgy and aggressive but this assertiveness often came up against obstructions and resistance.

A classic example of this was when Pluto created a T Square to both the Moon and Mars / Saturn between 1962 and 67. Bhutto was Pakistan’s foreign minister 1963 to 67.

Bhutto’s socialist viewpoint influenced him to embark on a close relationship with the neighbouring China. He also asserted his belief in non-alignment, making Pakistan an influential member in non-aligned organisations. Believing in Pan-Islamic unity, Bhutto developed closer relations with nations such as Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states. He significantly transformed Pakistan’s hitherto pro-Western foreign policy. This got him into considerable trouble with the US.

His speeches were made in a demagogic style and he headed Ministry of Foreign Affairs with an aggressive leadership which brought him national prominence and popularity.

In 1962, China was planning to stage an invasion in northern ndia. Zhou Enlai, Chinese Premier and Mao Zedong invited Pakistan to join the raid to gain control of Indian-held Kashmir. Bhutto was in favour, but Pakistan President Ayub Khan opposed it instead proposing a joint defence union with India. Indian Prime minister Nehru however, did not fulfil the President’s hopes. Ayub Khan recognised his mistake and launched Operation Gibraltar, an attempt to infiltrate Kashmir with Pakistani troops to support rebels there. The operation brutally failed and led to India attacking West-Pakistan and an escalation into a full-scale war.

A peace treaty was finally agreed where both parties would withdraw to pre-war boundaries. This agreement was deeply unpopular in Pakistan, causing major political unrest against Ayub’s regime. Bhutto’s criticism of the final agreement caused a rift between him and Ayub Khan. He resigned in June 1966 and expressed strong opposition to Ayub’s regime.

Ali Bhutto became the President of Pakistan in 1971 when Pluto was opposite his Jupiter / Uranus conjunction.

He went on to serve as the Prime Minister from 1973 to 1977.  Although he was popular, he was overthrown in 1977 and executed by the military in 1979. Pluto formed the fatal T Square when it was square to Bhuttos Sun in 1977 – 8 and square its own position when he was killed in 1979.

Ali Bhutto was a politician with some serious oppositions. Pluto made sure those oppositions killed him.



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