NA speaker urges political forces to work for democracy
ISLAMABAD: Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker, National Assembly has said that Benazir Bhutto was a visionary and a stateswoman and always aspired for a world, free from exploitation and discrimination between privileged and underprivileged, men and women.
She fought for the downtrodden and oppressed and longed for a forward-looking Pakistan, where women, were not subjected to humiliation, torture and treated with respect as equal partners to progress and prosperity. Dr. Fehmida Mirza said this in her message issued here on third death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto being observed on Monday.
Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that Shaheed Mohtarma had a towering and multi-dimensional personality and was bacon of light for the downtrodden, oppressed and marginalized segments of the society.
She said that BB had the courage to challenge the worst
dictatorship of the times when compared with other contemporary politicians. She had to pass through the whirlpool of vendetta by a repressive regime in shape of brutal assassination of her father Qaid-e-Awam Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the murders of her tow brothers, the hardships of her mother, her own and her husbands imprisonments, physical and mental torture, nevertheless, she bravely faced whatever came in her way, continued to challenge the dictatorships and remained steadfast in her commitment to the people and democracy.
The speaker said that today as the nation finds itself encircled by challenges, threats and pressures, never witnessed ever before, and while they all put in our respective efforts to steer the country out of the present quagmire, they need Mohtarma Benazir now more than ever before. She said that Benazir strongly believed in solidarity of Federation and provincial autonomy. She said that the people of the four provinces had their confidence in her and whenever the nation was given a relatively free chance to choose, her political party returned successful from all the four federating units.
Fehmida Mirza said that Pakistan witnessed a phenomenal development in all sectors of economy and made the country impregnable during her both tenures as Prime Minister.
Shaheed Mohtarma brought women to the mainstream by appointing them as judges of the superior courts, opened first women bank, ensured state protection for women by coming up to with the idea of separate women police stations, dedicated funds and schemes in shape of women health workers to bring seachange in the plight of misery and disease stricken women and last but surely least, encouraged women at every tier of political hierarchy, she added. -App