BB laid foun­da­tion of demo­cratic or­der: Wa­jid

The Pak Banker - - 2 National -

LONDON: The best trib­ute to the me­mory of mar­tyred Mo­htarma Be­nazir Bhutto would be to thwart all an­tidemo­cratic machi­na­tions and not to al­low the dark his­tory of ob­scu­ran­tism to re­peat it­self.

Speak­ing at a func­tion or­gan­ised by the UK Chap­ter of Pak­istan Peo­ple's Party to ob­serve 3rd death an­niver­sary of Sha­heed-e-Jamho­riat, Sha­heed Mo­htarma Be­nazir Bhutto at the Il­ford Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, East London, here on Sun­day evening, Pak­istan High Com­mis­sioner Wahid Sham­sul Hasan said Bibi laid down her life for her faith in the peo­ple.

He said by sac­ri­fic­ing her life and nur­tur­ing the frag­ile sapling of democ­racy with her noble blood she un­doubt­edly laid the foun­da­tion of a sus­tain­able demo­cratic or­der in Pak­istan. The Be­nazir phe­nom­e­non dyed in her pure blood will con­tinue to fight the dark forces of dic­ta­tor­ship and ob­scu­ran­tism and pro­tect Pak­istan for ever and ever," Hasan em­pha­sised. He told the gath­er­ing that Sha­heed Mo­htarma will be re­mem­bered eter­nally for her un­sur­pass­able con­tri­bu­tion for the cause of democ­racy, em­pow­er­ment of women and less priv­i­leged. "She was a daunt­less leader, a role model, who was un­afraid to speak her mind even in the face of death."

The High Com­mis­sioner spoke about her two terms as the Prime Min­is­ter and said her so­cial and eco­nomic re­forms were cut short by dis­missals of her two gov­ern­ments much be­fore she could com­plete her tenures. It is an irony that while she sowed the seeds of peace, progress and pros­per­ity oth­ers that suc­ceeded her reaped the rich har­vest.

He noted how she dared to chal­lenge ob­scu­ran­tist forces and braved nearly three decades of per­se­cu­tion and pros­e­cu­tion. She had proven her po­lit­i­cal prow­ess by hold­ing the PPP to­gether and its enor­mous vote bank in­tact while in ex­ile. Her sus­tained pop­u­lar­ity rudely shocked her op­po­nents both in and out­side the cor­ri­dors of power when she re­ceived an un­prece­dented wel­come on her re­turn to Pak­istan as "the daugh­ter of their destiny" on Oc­to­ber 18, 2007.

Hasan said her fa­ther Zul­fiqar Ali Bhutto and her­self de­sired to com­plete the mis­sion of Quaid-e-Azam Muham­mad Ali Jin­nah to free Pak­istan from the stran­gle­hold of an ob­scu­ran­tist es­tab­lish­ment and wellen­trenched forces of sta­tus quo that treated the masses as slaves. He added that Sha­heed Mo­htarma wanted to trans­form Pak­istan into a mod­ern democ­racy with equal­ity for all its cit­i­zens, ir­re­spec­tive of caste, creed or colour as en­vis­aged by the found­ing fa­ther. -App

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