ISLAMABAD: The PPP Co-Chairman Mr. Asif Ali Zardari has asked the Party workers to rededicate themselves to the mission of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto “whose life was dedicated to defending the country against dictatorship, extremism and tyranny and to give to the people respect, dignity and honor”. He said this in a message on the fifty fifth birth anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto falling today on June 21. The PPP Co-Chairman also asked the workers to donate blood for the ailing and suffering as a token of remembrance that she shed her blood for the cause of the country and the people.
He said that while we pay her tributes for what she did for democracy, for the country and for the Party the birthday was also an occasion to pledge that we will continue to tread the path illumined by her with her blood. Mr. Asif Zardari also echoed the somber warning of Shaheed Mohtarma Bhutto contained in her political will, “I fear for the future of Pakistan. Please continue the fight against extremism, dictatorship, poverty and ignorance”. He asked the people to work for a glorious future for our people to live at peace with themselves and with their neighbors.
Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto led the Party upfront ever since a military dictator seized power in a coup in 1977 and sent the country’s first directly elected Prime Minister to the gallows, he said. During her last meeting with Quaid e Awam, she pledged to continue his mission for a democratic Federation and for the emancipation of the people from hunger, disease, illiteracy and unemployment. There was no turning back from that commitment, he said.
Since then and throughout the past three decades, with its triumphs and tragedies, she never wavered in the commitment that she made on that fateful day. She was sustained in the struggle by the abiding love and commitment to democratic ideals of Party workers and democracy loving forces. “I wish to thank you, my brothers and sisters, for standing shoulder to shoulder with her in facing tyranny”.Paying tributes to the Party workers he said that the former Prime Minister was truly proud of the workers who together with her, “faced bullets, tear gas, baton charges and imprisonment and together with her they stood strong”.
He recalled her last political in which she had said of the Party workers, “I was honoured to lead you. No leader could be as proud of their Party, their dedication, devotion and discipline to the mission of Quaid i Awam Zulfikar Ali Bhutto for a federal, democratic and egalitarian Pakistan as I have been proud of you”. Like the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto he too take pride in the Jiyalas of the PPP who have kept the banner of truth, justice and the people flying high, Mr. Zardarri’s message said.
Mr. Asif Ali Zardari also recalled and paid tributes to the martyrs of democracy who laid down their lives or suffered grievous injuries on July 17, 2007 in Islamabad, May 12, 2007 in Karachi, October 18, 2007 in Karachi and on December 27, 2007 in Rawalpindi when she finally laid down her life for the cause.-SANA