Rafi Raza was the author of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Pakistan: 1967-1977 (OUP 1997). The book has been praised as a definitive account of the era. Among the numerous reviews, in the highly regarded Biblio, New Delhi, October 1977, Pushpesh Punt commented ‘Raza has opted for a balanced treatment of his subject. ….. The resulting tight rope walk makes the book a very interesting, stimulating and useful read.’ He goes on to say ‘this Pakistani version of the Shimla summit should be prescribed reading for all students of diplomacy’, and then adds , ‘the author’s own disagreement on policy issues are clearly marked out and nowhere does the reader get the feeling that Raza gives himself the benefit of hindsight.’
In the Star Weekend of 19 July 1979, a review by F.M. Said under the heading ‘Setting the record straight’, commented, ‘He has given us the first substantive insider critique of the most critical decade in the history of Pakistan…Rafi Raza’s book certainly is fair to his subject and his readers alike. Now and even decades later, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Pakistan 1967-1977 should help research scholars to get a fair picture of the man and his times.’
In a later review in the News International of 1 March 2007, M. Agha says that ‘ Raza’s book … not only chronicles the political events of the era but also analyses them….For those who want to know about Bhutto this book is a must read.’
Rafi Raza also edited and contributed to Pakistan in perspective: 1947 to 1997 (OUP Jubilee series, 1997). His outline of the genesis of Pakistan has been adopted by some American universities as a summary history of Pakistan, and the book is part of the university curriculum studies in Karachi.
He contributed numerous articles to the leading Karachi daily Dawn in the early 2000s on such subjects as ‘Whither national objectives?’, ‘Potential for chaos in Iraq’ (3 August 2003), ‘Ayatollahs and elections’, and ‘In the name of freedom’.