LAHORE-Federal Minister for Labour and Manpower Syed Khurshid Shah has said that existing democratic set-up and freedom of judiciary are the fruits of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). Addressing an award distribution ceremony held here on Monday in connection with 57th birth anniversary of Benazir Bhutto under the aegis of Peoples Labour Bureau (PLB) Punjab at a local hotel, the minister said present democratic government as well as free judiciary owed much to the NRO. He said PPP government did not victimize any one on political basis ever in the history of Pakistan; and instead, always tried to save the system and to stop the way of dictatorship by giving sacrifices. He said the president enjoyed immunity under article 248 of the constitution and the courts could not indict him. He said PPP had provided relief to eight million families by giving 50 percent raise in salaries to government servants, while Benazir Income Support Programme was one more project for the poor. Speaking on the occasion, central in-charge, PLB CH Manzoor Ahmad said that there should be a network of labour unions nation wide, while according to 18th amendment, such bodies had been confined at provincial levels. He said people were not ready to accept such article of the constitution, which would break the unity of the labourers. He said the assassination of Benazir Bhutto was really the murder of masses hope. Coordinator to President of Pakistan Naveed Ch blamed that Punjab Government wanted cheap fame in the name of Sasti-Roti scheme. He said PPP critics had narrow thinking while PPP believed in practical politics. Labour Minister Punjab Ashraf Khan Sohna said that PPP had always formulated the policies in favour of labourers. He said the current labour policy was an ample proof of PPPs labour friendly sentiments. The PPPs Punjab Secretary Finance, Aurangzeb Burki, Additional Secretary Dr. Hasnaat Shah and Chairman Finance Committee PLB, Mian Tariq Aziz also addressed on the occasion. Around 54 people from various walks of life who did prominent work in their respective fields were awarded given gold medals and awards on the occasion. Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer has said that President Asif Ali Zardari saved the country by raising slogan of Pakistan Khhappay (We want Pakistan) after the assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Had there been Ghulam Ishaq Khan in his (Zardari) place at that time, he would have left after dividing the country, he observed, while addressing a ceremony organised by partys Lahore organisation at Karim Park to mark Benazir Bhuttos birth anniversary. He said BB still ruled hearts and minds of the people. Taseer said PPP invited PML-N to form government in Punjab and also became part of the coalition to give continuity to the democratic system. But when PML-N ministers would walk along with terrorists so openly, Salmaan Taseer could not remain silent over it, he observed, adding I am rebellious if it is called rebellion. Referring to petitions filed in courts that offices of president and governor should not be held by political persons, Taseer said that in a democratic set up, the two have to be political persons. The governor of Sindh also belongs to a political party but no one ever objected to his office, he added. The governor also criticised sasti roati scheme of Punjab government, saying that it was a mean to distribute tax payers money among members of the same family. He said this scheme was a great burden on the provincial exchequer, as Rs 600 millions were being looted daily in the name of sasti roati. He said he would have no objection if government set up a tandoor at Governors House since he did not live there. Meanwhile, Punjab Finance Minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira donated blood at a blood bank set up in the premises of the Punjab Assembly to pay tributes to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto on her 57th birth anniversary. Talking to media, the minister said more than 80 blood camps had been set up in Punjab to commemorate the birth anniversary of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. Party leaders, workers and a large number of people donated blood to pay tributes to their leader. He said that Benazir Bhutto sacrificed her life to restore democracy in the country and made relentless struggle to give people their democratic rights. Meanwhile, an exhibition of rare pictures of Benazir Bhutto was held on the eve of her birth anniversary here at Alhamra Art Gallery. Punjab Senior Minister, Raja Riaz inaugurated it. Addressing another function, General Secretary Pakistan Peoples Party Jahangir Badar paid rich tributes to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, saying that she was a visionary leader who sacrificed her life for the uplift of masses and democracy. Peoples Lawyers Forum Punjab had arranged the ceremony at Karachi Hall of the Lahore High Court in connection with the 57th birthday celebrations of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto here Monday. The PPP leader said that Shaheed BB distinguished her among those leaders of the world who proved their abilities while universities around the globe had awarded honourary degrees to her in recognition of her talent. BB always enjoyed respect by the masses and international community whether she was in government or not., Badar added. He said that the PPP was committed to follow the philosophy of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and BB to ensure social and economic justice in the society. He said that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had introduced a politics aimed at welfare of people, adding, Shaheed BB continued the mission of her father and sacrificed her life for this cause. It is our responsibility to take killers of Shaheed Benazir to task, he observed. Speaking on the occasion, Senior Provincial Minister Raja Riaz Ahmed said that conspiracies were being hatched against the present democratic system, however, these evil designs would be foiled. Senator Kazim Khan lauded the services rendered by Zulfikar Bhutto and Benazir for the cause of democracy. President Peoples Lawyers Forum Punjab Tanvir Hashmi, President PPP Lahore Asghar Ali Gujjar, Malik Saeed Hassan, Malik Mushtaq Awan, Aslam Gill, PLF Central Secretary General Ilyas Khan, Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas and others also spoke on the occasion.