ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari said on Saturday today (January 5) marks the 86th birth anniversary of the founder of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and PPP workers are rejoicing that even though the founder father of party was physically eliminated his legacy continues to live to guide and inspire people.
“Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto will always be remembered as a colossus whose leadership gave pride and lent indescribable inspiration to his followers, to his nation and to the oppressed people everywhere,” Zardari said in his message on the birth anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
“Born on January 5, 1928 in Larkana at Al Murtaza the Quaid-e-Awam Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto faced, with unsurpassed courage, his execution at the age of fifty by petty cowards and dictators who feared him in life as well as from the stillness of his grave in Garhi Khuda Bukhsh. The contrast in character of a democratic and popular leader and a military dictator was dramatised recently as the nation witnessed the grisly spectacle of a dictator fleeing from the court and reminded themselves of how their leader had walked up to the gallows.”
The former president added, “The assassination of prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto at the hands of a military dictator, who seized power in the middle of the night like a thief, set into motion a chain of events with disastrous consequences for Pakistan and the Muslim world. The stealth of political power, twenty two years later, by another dictator has plunged the country in a crisis from the consequences of which it is still reeling.”
In the true spirit of Islam, Zardari added, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto came to liberate people from backwardness, illiteracy and poverty.
“He set out to build a modern state by giving the country an Islamic, federal, democratic, egalitarian and unanimous constitution. This constitution of 1973 called military intervention an act of treason. Let us on this birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhutto vow to bring the nation’s traitors to account for their misdeeds and not let them run from the long arm of the law,” the former president said.
“The Quaid-e-Awam took the nation to great heights,” he said, adding that, however, his government was destabilised through a “Mullah Military Alliance” in 1977 overthrowing the agenda of progress and modernity and replacing it with a brutal military dictatorship aided by trained religious extremists from all over the world to fight a proxy war.
“Today we renew our pledge to continue our fight against the militants and extremists and not permit them to foist their obscurantist agenda through gun and bullet instead of the ballot. Quaid-e-Awam was murdered but no one can hang truth or beauty. By signing the death sentence, the conspirators among the judges and generals hanged themselves and were forever condemned at the bar of history. Bhutto’s legacy lives on in the hearts of all men and women who believe that humanity can only progress when there is tolerance, freedom, dignity and equal opportunity for all.”
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