History of Foundation

Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Foundation (SZABF) was founded by Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in 1995 to commemorate and keep alive the vision of her father and former Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The foundation aimed at minimizing the disparities between the privileged and the poor class of the society and providing equal rights, education, and better living standards, especially to the underprivileged, by organizing welfare activities and developmental projects.

However, its activities came to a halt during her years in exile since 1998. When Mohtarma returned to Pakistan in 2007, she was assassinated in Liaquatabad, Rawalpindi. During the same year, two of the board members, Mr. Sheikh Rafique Ahmed and Mr. Abdullah Shah, also passed away after battling with protracted illnesses.

The lack of leadership and Mohtarma’s assassination, along with the prolonged periods of inactivity, led the foundation into dormancy. In 2020, the foundation was set up for a fresh start under the leadership of Aseefa Bhutto Zardari. The CEO of the Foundation, Mr. Saleem Mandviwalla, revived the Foundation and vision of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in its true spirit.