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“Revolution Coming”: Pakistani Artist says floods should be a catalyst for change | Pakistan

BUT Pakistani artist whose work centers on the Indus Delta, its wildlife and the climate crisis told of his return to himself home village and seeing the devastation that its swollen waters brought.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who named after his grandfather, former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, he said met people scary for what the future can bring and heard sound of houses collapse into the water.

“I got endless calls for help from people in my home province of Sindh, and decided to go to my village near Naudero. city in middle of rains to be among people”, textile artist and wildlife activist, member of the politically prominent Bhutto family said.

“When I reached my village two weeks ago, every house fell and people took cover on embankment. As we walked towards the fields, houses collapsed. Was sound “boom” when houses collapse. It sounded like bomb… this is due to the climate crisis.”

At least 1250 people were killed as one-third of Pakistan was under water after floods in the country caused by week of abnormal monsoon rains that began in mid-June washed away livestock, crops, roads and bridges.

Bhutto said that work focused on gender identity and queer Muslim culture, but urgency of climate crisis, river and endangered Indus river dolphins changed him as an artist. He said he thought artists should be part of of talk on climate crisis.

The awakening came when Bhutto returned to Pakistan from the US. in 2020 after graduation in fine arts. visiting him home village for in first time in six yo he said he felt that the Indus River was dying.

“I know what sounds strange. But this true. We had proof of other rivers that died in in past,” he said. “And it’s blood of our country. It’s blood of this nation. About 90% of pakistan depends on Ind.

“We are connected by this river and water. This is a sacred connection. It was very urgent for me,” he said as he stitched the fabric. with dolphin painted on It.

He said that when he visited villages and cities flooded with water, people he met expressed serious concern about future.

“Most of in people displaced and are climate refugees, but there are also people who belong to the middle or upper middle class who survived floods – they don’t know what to do either in this crisis,” he said.

He believes that the river has been damaged by human engineering, including the British colonial era.built Sukkur barrier that broke the current of river for irrigation cash harvest for export.

And after gaining independence of Pakistan, we continued the same policy of British,” Bhutto said, adding that the roads were built on natural drainage basin and floodplain of the Indus. He said it explains why when he traveled back in Sind a few days ago the roads were flooded with water.

“Of course, this is extreme. event but we have completely eliminated way of the healing itself. So annoying and angry and breaks down and pours from this side and what side. it creating pressure points. We should don’t intrude on nature and block his way,” said Bhutto.

Two textile works by Bhutto depicting the Indus River and mangroves. in AD750 (left) and the river today, with extensive channel system and decline in scaffolding (stitched in green). Composition: Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto

Bhutto said that the crisis made people got angry and did not hide it. Local people in Sindh told him that their houses had collapsed, but not a single representative came to visit them or help them.

“There’s a revolution coming, because when people angry, they don’t think about what they will lose as they already lost everything.”

He added that the crisis has highlighted the huge disparity in Pakistan between the rich and the poor.

“I don’t know if people ask for Land reform or revolution. We will enter the state of amnesia and forget about it all next year? I don’t know but I hope it’s the catalyst for change, he said.

Bhutto said that his grandfather was the only politician who introduced land reform. in country, adding that after he was hanged by the dictator General Zia-ul-Haq, these reforms were reversed.

“It’s time need land reforms and we need equality,” Bhutto said. “We need these reforms for people for everyone to speak in development and we don’t break the course of nature”.

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