ISLAMABAD Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza said that Shaheed Benazir Bhutto strongly believed in reconciliation and forbearance and called upon all the political forces to rise above party interests and work for the democracy. In her message on the 57th birth anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the NA Speaker said that Benazir Bhutto was a visionary stateswoman and always aspired for a world free from exploitation and discrimination between privileged and underprivileged classes. 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 that Shaheed Mohtarma had a towering and multidimensional personality and was bacon of light for the downtrodden, oppressed and marginalized segments of the society. She said that Mohtarma 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 Zulfikar 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 NA said that today as the nation found entrapped in challenges, threats and pressures, never witnessed ever before, and while each and every citizen was putting in his best to steer the country out of the present quagmire, the nation felt Mohtarma Benazirs presence now more than ever before. She said that Mohtarma 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. She said that Pakistan witnessed a phenomenal development in all sectors of economy and made the country impregnable during her both tenures as Prime Minister. Madam Speaker said that Mohtarma strongly believed in reconciliation and forbearance she was always forgiving and tried to look for similarities rather than to seek difference and believed in building bridges and not living in isolation, both on the international level as well as on the national front. Dr Mirza called upon all the political forces to rise above party lines to work for the democracy, say no to extremism, militancy and violence and rebuild Pakistan as Mohtarma dreamed, aspired and worked for. She termed it the befitting way of paying homage and remembrance Benazir Bhutto deserves as a cherished offspring of the Indus, a gifted soul of Pakistan, the befitting daughter of the East and the visionary of all times.