BB to be remembered as voice of poor: Zardari
President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto would always be remembered as the leader who gave voice to the muted turbulence of the spirit of a vanquished people. In his message on the occasion of BB’s First Death Anniversary he said, “Our thoughts go to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and to all the martyrs who laid down their lives and many hundreds more who were maimed and wounded while protecting the life of their leader”.
“She gave voice to the voiceless, strength to the weak and motivation to the people to strive for a goal higher than life
”, Zardari said. He said that it was a measure of her greatness that ordinary people who came in contact with her became extraordinary.
“It is most painful to recall this fateful day when the militants targeted Shaheed Mohtarma Bhutto just when she vowed in her own words, to “bring change to the country and empower its people”, he added. He said that Shaheed Mohtarma Bhutto was fully aware of the dangers to her life yet she had decided to return home to fight for the restoration of Pakistan’s place in the community of democratic nations.
In the tradition of a true Bhutto she faced certain death rather than abandon her principles or the people, Zardari stated. He said that the attack on her was not an attack on one individual. It was an attack on the viability of the state and for undermining the efforts to build democratic structures for fighting militancy. “The tyrants and the killers have killed her but they shall never be able to kill her ideas that drove and inspired a generation to lofty aims”, he stated.
He said that the growing of militancy in the region brings to mind her stirring words, the fundamental battle in Pakistan was for the hearts and minds of a generation against fanaticism and extremism and that this battle can be won only under democracy. He said that she believed that militancy flourished in the country when dictatorship flourished giving rise to hopelessness that created the desperation that fuelled religious extremism.
“In her political will Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had urged PPP workers, followers and sympathizers to fulfill the commitments made in party manifesto and dedicate themselves to serve the downtrodden, discriminated and oppressed people of Pakistan and dedicate to freeing them from poverty and backwardness”, Zardari stated. “On this occasion, therefore, I urge the democratic forces to rededicate themselves to fighting militancy and extremism by strengthening democratic institutions” he said. “On this occasion, I also salute all those who laid down their lives for the cause for their courage, devotion and loyalty”, he said.
BB raises image of Pakistan: Gilani
Prime Minster Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto proved herself as a world leader and raised the image of Pakistan. In his message on the occasion of BB’s First Death Anniversary he said,
“She was such a great and patriotic leader whose leadership qualities, vision and courage is recognized world wide”.“She was not only the dynamic leader of the people of Pakistan and a symbol of bond among the four provinces, rather she dedicatedly worked for the glory of Pakistan and the Muslim world”
He said that she worked for the progress and prosperity of the country and enjoyed the status of an important leader globally. “Today, December 27th is the day of our solemn pledge for the realization of future vision of progress and prosperity of Pakistan and its people. It is the dawn of continuous struggle for turning the country into a state free from all enemies and conspirators” he stated.“It is the most important day in the history of Pakistan. All the world leaders and deprived people termed her untimely death as their personal loss”, he said.
Gilani said that they eulogized the mission of Benazir Bhutto for world peace and human rights. This is the darkest day as on this day she was assassinated mercilessly. He said that the world termed the mission of Shaheed Mohtarma as the mission of peace and restoration of fundamental rights. “Today is the day when she was eliminated brutally. Indeed this is the darkest day in the country’s history and the world will never forget the tragic assassination of the great leader of Pakistan” he said.
Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed gave practical shape to the revolutionary mission, thought and vision of Quaid-e-Awam Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to turn Pakistan into a true democratic, strong, prosperous welfare state, the PM said.
He said that she continued her efforts in this direction with courage, determination and wisdom till her martyrdom. “By the grace of God we are in power today and President Asif Ali Zardari is also struggling to fulfill the mission of the martyred leaders with the same zeal and courage”, he said.
He said that Pakistan Peoples’ Party is the party of democratic minded people who believe in economic welfare, self-respect, equality and sovereignty of the masses. “Let us salute this tragic day and pledge anew that we will foil all nefarious designs boldly. We will cleanse our mother land from anti state elements and turn Pakistan into a country free of extremism, terrorism and exploitation to promote the mission and vision of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto” he said.
“On this occasion of the first death anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, we solemnly pledge that we will honour, respect and fulfill each and every desire and aspiration of Mohtarma Shaheed” he said. Gilani said, “We will make Pakistan a true democratic and welfare state as conceived by her and we will work to make the country strong in all spheres of life and serve the people without any discrimination”.
BB’s life symbolizes struggle for democratic Pakistan: Sherry
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sherry Rehman has said that Benazir Bhutto’s life symbolized the struggle for a progressive, democratic, terror free Pakistan. In her message on the occasion of BB’s First Death Anniversary, she said that the forces that sought to eliminate her from Pakistan’s political scene, failed to eliminate her influence, her ideas and the relevance of her vision for the nation.
She said that as a political leader, Mohtarma was always ahead of her times as she highlighted the dangers of terrorism long before Pakistan found itself the focus of world attention in the context of 9/11.
She said that her emphasis on social and economic reforms, her style of governance, her stress on democracy and parliamentary sovereignty, and human right is as well as her tireless efforts for peace in the region reflected her dream for a Pakistan that would lead and contribute to global progress and stability.
“The fact that the people of Pakistan stood with a woman who moved ahead of every conventional definition of political leadership in Pakistan, says as much about the political commitment of the common man as it says about the courageous leader who devoted her life to her people”,
Sherry said, “This month, the UN awarded Shaheed Mohtarma the prestigious UN Award for Human Rights. This is a well- deserved honor for a woman who tirelessly worked to promote human rights in her lifetime”. She said that December 27 would forever be etched in the nation’s memory for the loss of the leader whose life set the direction of Pakistan’s politics for over three decades.-SANA