The party that remains in the hearts of people
Despite all odds, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) remains in the hearts of Pakistani people and the Bhutto Legacy is very much alive, that’s the reason PPP has become even stronger than ever before under the visionary leadership of Asif Ali Zardari and BIlawal Bhutto Zardari. PPP while celebrating its 50th anniversary has emerged with even broader vision of public service and strengthening of the national spirit continuing with the ideology of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his proud daughter, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.
Preparing for another term in the government to serve the poor masses, the PPP has always come to power with the support of the people. Party leaders and workers are proud to enter into the golden year of its foundation laid by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto some 50 years back.
On this unique occasion the party is completing three generations, which means that those who were the founding members and workers of the party, who saw dictatorships of Ayub and Yahya and the tough dark days of Ziaul Haq are grandparents. Those who voted for Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and their beloved PPP in the 1970 and 1977 elections are privy to the glorious past of the party. PPP is proud to have created a platform that gave the people of Pakistan an identity by issuing the National Identity Cards (NICs). It is the party which gave the people of Pakistan job security. It brought back 93,000 of Pakistani soldiers and civilians who were in Indian prisoner of war camps as well as land occupied by India. The party’s leadership brought Pakistan in the forefront of global diplomacy. It is the party which allowed distribution of wealth from a few families to millions of Pakistanis. It is the party whose founders did the most successful land reforms. Under Shaheed Bhutto, Pakistan not only hosted the most successful OIC Conference in 1974 but it was Shaheed Bhutto’s foresight that has made Pakistan a nuclear power, making Pakistan the only Muslim atomic power. The constitution that binds us today and guarantees our fundamental rights was also a gift of Shaheed Bhutto to this great nation of ours. Those who cannot recall the 50 years, will for sure remember the struggle of the daughter of this land. A woman, who along with another great woman, Mohtarma Nusrat Bhutto, fought tooth and nail against the might of a dastardly dictator named Ziaul Haq. They fought for justice not only for themselves, but also for the people of Pakistan, whose beloved leader Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was sent to the gallows by the dictator.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was made a martyr because he gave voice and identity to the common man of Pakistan. He was sent to the gallows for giving the country its only unanimously adopted constitution. He was sent to the gallows for making Pakistan’s defence impregnable by pursuing nuclear technology despite all cautions from the western powers. Bhutto was made a martyr because he gave voice and identity to the common man of Pakistan. He was sent to the gallows for giving the country its only unanimously adopted Constitution
What his beloved daughter, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto achieved through her fight and struggle against obscurantist forces, not many people can even dream of achieving. She gave voice to the women of Pakistan. She appointed a woman as judge of the High Court, established First Women’s Bank and women’s police stations for facilitating the cause of empowering Pakistani women. Benazir gave missile technology to our country. She released political prisoners. She gave people back their jobs. She strengthened the media. She envisioned the idea of a polio-free Pakistan which is now being championed and advocated by her daughter. She embraced the people of Pakistan and instead of victimizing those who had wronged her, she gave us the visionary light that “Democracy is the greatest revenge”. Her opponents and the powers-that-be could not fathom that how a woman without armed.
–The writer is Sindh Minister for
Information, Labour and Transport.