On the occasion of 61st birth anniversary of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto today, I wish to extend heartfelt felicitations to the workers of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party indeed to all the democracy-loving people of Pakistan and especially the women and the marginalized sections of the society for whom Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had devoted her life.
The 61st birth anniversary of our great leader is being commemorated at a time when the nation has finally decided to root out militancy from its midst, a battle that Shaheed Bibi had vowed to wage and lead from the front and during the course of which she also laid down her life. The recent declaration of the resolve to fight to the finish the militants is indeed an echo of her clarion call to the people on the day she was martyred. This birth anniversary of our great leader is therefore doubly auspicious as it also marks a new resolve to defeat the ideology that is posing existential threat to the country.
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 Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto stood for and struggled throughout her life.
Let us reiterate our resolve once again that we will not let the militants dictate their political agenda through force and that Pakistan will be a moderate and pluralistic country where the ultimate choice is made by ballot and not bullet.
Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto lives in the hearts and minds of the people. 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.
Let us also remember on this day all those who have sacrificed their lives for the sake of democracy, rights of the people and defending our motherland against internal and external threats.
We salute all those in the armed 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.
Source : Media Office of the Co-Chairman PPP