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.

Over the course of the next few months, The Correspondent will interview important witnesses of history and bring their stories to you as a part of our “Living History” series.

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 one of the series, Aftab Gul recounts his first meeting with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and his subsequent association with the leader through major historical events; the formation of the Pakistan People’s Party, the breakup of East Pakistan, and the intersection of his cricketing career with politics.

 Stay tuned to The Correspondent for more.


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