LAHORE: The sixth death anniversary of slain chairwoman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Benazir Bhutto was observed with great reverence on Friday, with jiyalas paying tribute to their assassinate leader through a one-of-a-kind portrait vigil.
PPP jiyalas in the city also arranged a torch rally from the Lahore Press Club to the Punjab Assembly on Friday to pay tribute to the great leader.
A separate candlelight vigil also held in Youhanabad by the Christian community and PPP workers on the day. The rally from the Lahore Press Club to the Punjab Assembly was organised by the PPP Lahore office-bearers. PPP Lahore President Samina Khalid Ghurki led the rally, which was participated by a good number of party workers. Party leaders and workers paid tribute to their martyred leader and offered Fateha on this occasion.
PPP Lahore chapter always observes the martyred leader’s death anniversary in a unique way. This year, they arranged a portrait vigil in which they placed 40 pictures of Benazir Bhutto on 40 carts filled with roses and candles.
A large number of female activists of the party also took part in the torch rally, chanting slogans in favour of their martyred leader.
The participants of the rally also hoisted PPP flags and portraits of the party leadership, especially of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
Speaking on the occasion, Samina Khalid Ghurki said that Benazir Bhutto is the symbol of democracy across the world. She said that the establishment did not want the PPP to reign in the country, which was the reason of its defeat in the May 2013 general election.
She said that her party would continue its support to the ruling PML-N in the greater interest of the nation and for the sake of strengthening democracy in the country, as it was the only way to make Pakistan “the best country in the world”.
Ghurki said that her party workers and leaders were ready to sacrifice their lives, following their leaders, who were assassinated for strengthening democracy and advocating for the basic rights of the citizens of Pakistan.
Separately, the Christian community also observed Benazir Bhutto’s death anniversary in Youhanabad, which was led by Nepolean Qayyum. A candlelight vigil was arranged on the occasion to pay tribute to Benazir Bhutto.
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