The government of Pakistan is celebrating the 55th birth anniversary of Benazir Bhutto with simplicity across the country today just to mark of respect and in recognition of her unparalleled services for the country. In Sindh and Balochistan official holiday was observed for the day. Paying rich tributes to the slain leader in the National Assembly on Saturday, the Prime Minister said Benazir Bhutto was a world class leader who played a vital role in bringing national reconciliation. The National Assembly observed two minute silence to pay reverence to Benazir Bhutto and homage to her meritorious services for the nation and the country. Dua was also offered for her departed soul.
Her party has shown more affiliations towards her and leader of the party has revised the promise to remain faithful to her. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Benazir Bhutto was a leader of great courage who made tremendous efforts for promoting democracy and national reconciliation. He said Benazir Bhutto was a symbol of federation and strong Pakistan who always worked for solidarity, integrity and progress of the country. Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said she became victim of terrorism and expressed the determination to deal with this scourge with iron hand and make the country a peaceful place. Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada PML-Q, Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi MQM, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao PPP Sherpao, Munir Khan Orakzai FATA, Abdul Mateen ANP, Maulana Attaur Rehman JUI-F, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed PML-N, Shahbaz Bhatti Minorities, Aftab Shaaban Mirani and Ms Beelum Husnain PPP.
The Prime Minister announced to construct a monument in her memory at Liaquat Bagh Rawalpindi where she was martyred. He also announced to rename Islamabad International Airport as Benazir Bhutto International Airport and Rawalpindi General Hospital and Murree Road Rawalpindi after her name.
Earlier the members of the House paid glowing tributes to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto for her tremendous services for the nation and the country. Members from both sides counted her services and dynamic leadership for grand national reconciliation, political stability and moving forward the country towards real democracy. They condemned her brutal assassination and prayed to Allah Almighty to grant eternal peace to her soul. They also demanded an independent investigation into her assassination and bring the culprits to justice. Mr. Zardari also said the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies have passed resolutions for probe into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto by the United Nations and no one opposed these resolutions. He said formal request for probe has already submitted to the United Nations and Pakistan Ambassador to the United Nations is in touch with UN authorities in this regard. He added that he himself is lobbying with the friendly countries and many countries have assured their support in this respect.
At the eve of her birth anniversary the most important was to see how her widower and The PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari feels along with her children. Though Asif Ali Zardari has said the PPP government is pursuing the guidelines of its late leader Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto Shaheed to continue march towards democracy and bring stability and prosperity to the country. Addressing a news conference in Naudero this afternoon, he said sacrifices rendered by the Bhutto family are a beacon of light for the entire nation and we will follow their mission for the empowerment of the poor and downtrodden segments of the society.
The workers of Pakistan Peoples Party Rawalpindi and Islamabad organized Quran Khawani on the birthday of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto at Peoples Secretariat on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, Information Minister Ms. Sherry Rehman paid rich tribute to the services of Mohatarma Behazir Bhutto she rendered during her struggle for the restoration of democracy. The Minister said Benazir Bhutto gave us an ideology of sacrifice, loyalty and respect and we are committed to follow her footprints. Sherry Rehman said Benazir Bhutto’s leadership and wisdom will ever be remembered as she always worked for sovereignty of the country and looked after the poor masses even in difficult time.
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday attended Quran Khwani at the Parliament House for party’s Shaheed leader Benazir Bhutto on the occasion of her birthday. The Prime Minister recited Quran for ‘esaal-e-Sawab’ of Benazir Bhutto’s soul. A large number of members from the coalition government and the ministers, which included A. Rehman Malik, Farooq H. Naek, Naveed Qamar, Syed Khursheed Shah and Qamar Zaman Kaira attended the solemn ceremony. Some of the members could not control their emotions and cried for their late leader. Peoples Party’s minority member Ramesh Lal, who wept bitterly, lost his consciousness and was later revived by his colleagues. Later ‘dua’ was held for the soul of Benazir Bhutto and her family members and for the prosperity of Pakistan and its people.
In recognition of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s unprecedented life-long sacrifices for the supremacy and cause of democracy in the country,Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani,on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Shaheed. He granted 90 days special remission to the prisoners convicted for life imprisonment except those convicted for murder, espionage, anti-state activities, sectarianism, Zina, robbery, dacoity, kidnapping/abduction and terrorist acts and 45 days special remission to all other convicts except the condemned prisoners, convicted of murder, espionage subversion, anti-state activities, terrorist acts.
On the eve of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s birth anniversary, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has named Islamabad International Airport as Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad as a mark of respect and reverence for the martyred leader and in recognition of her unparalleled services for the nation and the cause of democracy. The Prime Minister has also named General Hospital, Rawalpindi as Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rawalpindi and Murree Road as Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Road. The Prime Minister has also decided to build a monument at the site in Rawalpindi where Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. The design of this monument will be selected through open international competition.
A blood donation Camp was set up on Saturday June 21 at the Liaquat Bagh venue of assassination where the Party workers will donate blood during the day. As a token of tribute to intellectual and golden brain of Indus Civilization Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the Islamabad-based writers and intellectuals have also decided to donate their blood on her 55th birth anniversary which falls Saturday. Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fehmida Mirza also donated blood in this campaign. Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani gave blood donation on the occasion of birth anniversary of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. Prime Minister also visited the Operation Theater of the hospital where Benazir Bhutto breathed her last. Prime Minister visited the place of martyrdom of Benazir Bhutto in Liaquat Bagh and paid rich tributes to her.
Across the world she was known to be a courageous and fighting lady, she had the honour of being first Muslim woman prime Minister of Islamic Republic of pakistan.