ISLAMABAD - Paying tributes to former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on the occasion of her 62nd birth anniversary, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has extended heartfelt felicitations to the workers of Pakistan People’s Party.

“I wish to extend heartfelt felicitations to the party workers indeed to all the democracy-loving people of Pakistan. I wish to especially felicitate the women and the marginalized sections of the society for whom Benazir Bhutto had devoted her life,” said Zardari in a statement issued here Saturday.

He said the fight against militancy is a collective fight of the whole nation. It can be fought successfully only when it is fought collectively with each segment performing its assigned duties. As for the PPP we are committed to exterminating the militant ideology that is posing existential threat to the country, he added.

“This birth anniversary of our leader is also an occasion to reiterate our pledge to defeat the militant mindset and uphold the ideals of democracy, pluralism and rule of law for which Benazir Bhutto stood for and struggled throughout her life,” he added.

“We pledge to tread in her footsteps to further strengthen democracy, safeguard the rights of the marginalized sections and uphold and defend the values for which our founding fathers created this country,” said Zardari.

He said they salute all those in the defence forces, the police, the civil law enforcing agencies and the people who have sacrificed their lives or suffered otherwise in the fight against militancy. The nation cannot forget them and will not allow their sacrifices go in vain, he added.


Monitoring Desk adds: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is going to set up a new opposition alliance against the government, which may come into being by the end of Ramazan, senior PPP lawyer who got closer to Asif Ali Zardari after years of estrangement said on Saturday.

Babar Awan said in a TV programme that the proposed alliance would mount pressure on the government. However, he did not say what would be the ultimate objective of the new coalition.

He said the PPP, the JUI-F and the ANP were already in an alliance in KP, a factor in the presence of which a broader alliance at the national level would not be difficult to cobble together. “The PPP would no longer be a friendly opposition”.

According to Mr Awan, a meeting of the PPP leaders would be held at the Naudero House during the next few days after which Asif Zardari, accompanied by Bilawal and Bakhtawar, would be visiting Punjab.

He predicted that the next few weeks would be very eventful. The judicial commission probing the alleged rigging in the 2013 elections was expected to give its verdict during the next two weeks. Similarly, he said, a decision on NA-122 was also expected pretty soon.