Vivid and vast, the lived experiences of individuals carry more weight than the pages of history books; fleshing out the empty spaces between the black and white lines of endless text. As such, The Correspondent aims to document and preserve these accounts for those that follow.
Our first witness is Aftab Gul, a man who has lived multiple lifetimes in the space of one. A student leader of Pakistan’s emerging left in the 60s, an international test cricketer, a successful lawyer, and a close associate of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and a prominent member of the Pakistan People’s Party in its nascent days, Aftab Gul’s life is a treasure trove of history’s key moments.
In Part Two of the series, Aftab Gul recounts the circumstances of his eight-year-long exile in London, his interactions with other exiles that gathered around Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s daughter – Benazir Bhutto – and his association with the militant organisation Al-Zulfiqar, formed by his sons to avenge their father’s death.