NA speaker urges po­lit­i­cal forces to work for democ­racy

The Pak Banker - - 2 National -

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

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