KARACHI: In his message On the eve of the 60th birthday of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto today, Patron-in-Chief PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari congratulating the party workers in and out the country and all the democratic people of Pakistan and called upon them to reiterate their commitment to the democratic values she stood and fought for.
Bilawal said: “The birthday celebrations this year coincide with yet another triumph of democracy as the nation witnessed for the first time ever democratic transition in the country. We are proud that a dream of her has come true. It was a measure of her commitment to democratic ideals that when the mandate of the people was stolen and the Party had only seventeen members in the National Assembly she decided to pursue the path of democratic struggle. She strengthened the Parliament through active participation and refused to listen to those who wanted her to reject the Parliament and adopt the path of agitation.”
He said treading in her footsteps the Party would play active role in opposition. “This is a triumph of democracy and a reaffirmation by the Party of the glorious democratic ideals pursued by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. On this day let us also re-dedicate ourselves to uphold the ideals of democracy and egalitarianism for which Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto stood for and even laid down her life.”
He said Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto fought courageously against the militants and extremists bent upon forcing their ideological agenda on the people through brute force. A few weeks before her assassination she advised the people: “Please continue the fight against extremism, dictatorship, poverty and ignorance”. Following in her footsteps our democracy loving people will make Pakistan a country of moderation and pluralism where ballot and not bullet will determine the ultimate choice of the people.
Bilawal said: “Shaheed Mohtarma Bhutto lives in the hearts of the people. Those who think that by removing her name from a national program of poverty alleviation and women emancipation will make people forget her are gravely mistaken.
They are doomed to fail in their efforts.
He said let us on this occasion also remember all our martyrs. Our brave soldiers and members of law enforcing agencies have laid down their lives so that the nation lives in freedom and without fear. The martyrs of democracy have suffered incarceration, exile, torture and executions. We salute them all on this day, he concluded.