ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: Members of rights organisations in Islamabad gathered at F6 near the National Press Club to pay tribute to the martyr of democracy, Benazir Bhutto, under the aegis of civil society networks by lighting up candles and giving brief speeches.
A large number of civil society and rights activists, students, educationalists, artists, writers, poets and members of various non-governmental organisations participated in the event and paid rich tribute to Benazir Bhutto on her sixth death anniversary.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) activists and members of social welfare bodies and NGOs also arranged talk shows on the occasion to debate on the lives of the Bhuttos.
The participants were carrying placards inscribed with slogans and prayers for the slain PPP chairwoman and her bereaved family. They recite verses in the memory of the beloved leader, and shouted slogans like “Long live Benazir Bhutto” and “Benazir – symbol of democracy”.
The people showed their sympathy, condolence, love and care for the great leader, Benazir Bhutto, by lighting candles on the occasion.
They said they were proud of their great leader who emerged as the first woman head of a government in the entire Muslim world. They also remembered the services of Benazir Bhutto for the promoting democracy in Pakistan, while special prayers were held for the solidarity and prosperity to the country.
The participants on the occasion also said that Benazir Bhutto struggled for the restoration of democracy in letter and spirit in the country, and called her a symbol of democracy.
They said they had gathered there to recognise and acknowledge her unforgettable struggles for a return to democracy, the restoration and independence of the superior judiciary, as well as for her progressive thought, tolerance, diversity, pluralism and justice for all.
They said the Benazir eventually sacrificed her life for her beliefs and her political stands, bravely returned to Pakistan first in 1986, and then in October and November 2007.
They said that even the horrifying number of deaths in two bomb blasts in Karachi in October, and the credible death threats she was receiving, did not deter her from her last return in November.
Over in Rawalpindi, the main function was organised at Liaquat Bagh where Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007. A large number of leaders and workers of the PPP as well as people from different walks of life crowded there to pay homage to Benazir Bhutto.
People laid floral wreaths and showered petals on the portraits of the leader.
PPP Rawalpindi President Amir Fida Paracha and hundreds of activists from all over the district participated in the even and paid homage to the slain leader and her services to democracy and humanity.
Similarly, students at the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Islamabad, also organised a stage play to commemorate Benazir.
The hour-long play, ‘From Oxford Girl to BB Shaheed’, captured the events of Benazir’s life and her work as a political leader.
The students also produced and screened a 45-minute documentary to highlight Benazir’s personality and the role she had played in national politics.
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