BB laid foundation of democratic order: Wajid
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