ISLAMABAD - Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, on Saturday, said that nation was missing sagacious leadership of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto when the country was facing extraordinary internal and external challenges. In his message on the 67th birthday of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, he said that extraordinary challenges and difficult times were the actual litmus tests of the leadership and she always succeeded overcoming such crises and finally embraced martyrdom fighting the enemies of the country, said a press release issued here. He said that as the first elected woman Prime Minister of the Muslim world Shaheed Mohtarma left innumerable and ineradicable imprints and impact on Pakistan’s politics, economy, society and the defence vision.

“Restoration of 1973 Constitution in its original form, transfer of power to the Parliament, provincial autonomy, NFC Award, identity to the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgilt-Baltistan, representation for women and minorities among other marginalized and weak segments at every forum, programmes for poverty alleviation, projects for development and welfare of people, and elimination of extremism and terrorism and different other steps are in fact, the result of life-long struggle of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto,” he added.

Bilawal Bhutto said Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir continued her struggle despite loss of her great father and two brothers for the people’s rights fighting against the two brutal dictators finally defeating them through peaceful political agitation.

He said that thoughts and vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto were still the actual resistance against the regressive and exploiting elements who consider people as herds of animal. “Forces who are scared of an unarmed girl yesterday are afraid of her name today,” he added.

Bilawal said these were the same individuals and their retrogressive thinking who remain busy in conspiring to remove name of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto from institutions and landmarks though they could not remove the memories of her father Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto while Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto shall also remain in the hearts and minds of 220 million people and their future generations.

He said that though Shaheed Mohtarma was not present physically among us but her vision and philosophy remains as the key and guiding light towards the glittering future of our nation.

Bilawal pledged that PPP would strictly follow and adhere to the mission of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir for strengthening of the democracy, rule of law and the Constitution, respect to human rights, eradication of poverty and an egalitarian society.

0“For accomplishing this mission, the PPP leadership and workers will be always be ready to offer every sacrifice during their generation to generation struggle,” he added.