1977 coup: PPP to observe ‘black day’ today

LAHORE: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab chapter and all of its allied wings will observe “black day” today (Saturday) to mark the imposition of martial law by General Ziaul Haq after dismissing prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s elected government on July 5, 1977.
The PPP provincial secretariat has issued instructions to all of party’s wings to highlight the struggle of PPP workers and leader for the rights of the poor.
In a statement on Friday, PPP Punjab President Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said: “Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was the greatest leader of Pakistan after the Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who became a powerful voice of the voiceless poor people and empowered them with the right of franchise based on ‘one-man, one-vote’ principle. Shaheed Bhutto sacrificed his life for the cause of democracy and the poor masses but refused to submit before the retrogressive and anti-democratic forces.”
Paying tribute to party’s founder chairman, PPP Punjab Secretary General Tanvir Ashraf Kaira said: “Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto faced the ruthless and callous dictatorship of General Zia whose name has been thrown in the dustbin of history. On the contrary, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto made the history by offering the ultimate sacrifice of his life for the supreme cause of the empowerment of the people of Pakistan.”
To observe the black day, the People’s Lawyer Forum is holding a function on the Lahore High Court Bar Association premises on Saturday where former Punjab governor and forum leader Latif Khosa will be the chief guest while Secretary Kaira will be the guest of honour.
Another function will be held under the auspices of party’s labour wing at the Lahore Press Club in the afternoon where Senator Aitzaz Ahsan will be the chief guest and Secretary Kaira will the guest of honour.
Similarly, party’s Human Rights Wing and People’s Youth Organsiation will also hold functions to highlight the struggle of PPP workers and leaders for the cause of ‘have-nots’ and their rights.

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