The Leopard and the Fox: A Pakistani Tragedy (Paperback)

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The Leopard and the Fox: A Pakistani Tragedy (Paperback)


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The BBC commissioned Tariq Ali to write a three-part TV series on the circumstances leading to the overthrow, trial and execution of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the first elected prime minister of Pakistan. As rehearsals were about to begin, the BBC hierarchy—under pressure from the Foreign Office—decided to cancel the project. Why? General Zia ul Haq, the dictator at the time, was leading the jihad against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. He was backed by the USA. According to expert legal opinion, there was a possibility of a whole range of defamation suits from the head of state to judges involved in the case. In consequence, it was decided not to broadcast this hard-hitting and provocative play.

The Leopard and the Fox presents both the script and the story of censorship.

Tariq Ali is a writer, filmmaker, and longtime political activist and campaigner. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics, including The Clash of FundamentalismsBush in BabylonRough Music, and Pirates of the CaribbeanThe Axis of Hope, as well as scripts for both stage and screen.
Product Details ISBN: 9780857426390
ISBN-10: 0857426397
Publisher: Seagull Books
Publication Date: March 15th, 2019
Pages: 224