LAHORE - Civil Society Network Pakistan arranged a vigil yesterday at Faisal Chowk to pay tributes to former prime minister Benazir Bhutto at her 8th death anniversary.

Carrying placards and banners inscribed with writings against terrorism, the participants chanted slogans extremism and hate speeches.

Addressing the participants, President CSN Abdullah Malik stressed the need of spreading message of Benazir Bhutto to every nook and corner of the country. “She was symbol of hope and courage for the masses, and raised her voice for the rights of the common man,” he added.

“Benazir took a bold stand against dictatorial regime, exploitation and extremism and she laid her life for a noble cause,” said Malik, urging the government to implement national action plan in its true spirit for eliminating the menace of terrorism and restoring peace in the country.

He called upon the government to revisit priorities and focus on health and education.

Samson Salamat, Rana Ikram Rabbani, Ch Ghulam Abbas, Iftikhar Shahid, Aman Malik and Noveen Bukhari also addressed the participants.

The eighth death anniversary of former prime minster and Pakistan Peoples Party head Benazir Bhutto observed yesterday across the country.

The party arranged Quran Khwani and Fateha in ever district, while the main event held in the Bhutto’s hometown Garhi Khuda Bakhsh.

The day started with Quran Khwani followed by langar or free food. After midday the main jalsa started where PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto addressed the party supporters. The party workers observed two-minute silence to pay homage to the martyred leader, followed by Fateha.

After the jalsa, Bilawal addressed the central executive committee meeting of PPP at Naudero House. According to party sources, the issue of the federal government’s meddling in Sindh affairs, in particular the special powers of Rangers, came up during the meeting.

Meanwhile, caravans of PPP jiyalas continued arriving in Larkana, where at least 20 walk through gates had been installed for security purposes.