PPP to observe Benazir’s death anniversary on Dec 27


SUKKUR: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will observe the 11th death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto on Dec 27 (Thursday) at Garhi Khuda Bux where workers and leaders, including PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, will participate in a rally.

According to details, Bilawal and Zardari jointly chaired a meeting of the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) at Naudero House on Wednesday to discuss the observance of Benazir’s 11th martyrdom anniversary.

Yousaf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Nayyar Hussain Bhukhari, Farhatullah Babar, Sherry Rehman, Qaim Ali Shah, Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Murad Ali Shah and other members of the committee were also present. Special prayers were offered for the shaheed mohtarma during the meeting.

PPP Chairman Bilawal while paying rich tribute to Benazir said she was a stateswoman and an inscriber of the history. She had embraced Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan like a unifying chain in her entire life.

“Her assassination was in actual, meant to ambush the pace of progress and prosperity and on the dream of Pakistan’s enlightened moderation and democratic Pakistan,” he added.

In his message, the PPP chief also said that she continued to struggle for the rights of the people and for taking the country to the heights of the glory of peaceful, prosperous and democratic Pakistan since day one.

“On becoming country’s first woman PM, she took steps for transforming the country into a real welfare state and gave entirely people-friendly policies and programmes,” he said. “She developed the soft image of Pakistan internationally and courageously added the missile defence shield to the nuclear programme of the country and the defence of it.”

He vowed that the PPP would keep the vision of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir close to heart and would continue to struggle for making their dreams of developing Pakistan as modern welfare state come true.

The enemies of Pakistan are destined to remain defeated while Benazir Bhutto’s mission would remain invincible, he concluded.

The Sindh government has announced that December 27 will be a public holiday throughout the province to mark Benazir’s death anniversary.

PPP Deputy Information Secretary Palwasha Khan said that the party has finalised all the arrangements to observe the 11th death anniversary of Benazir to renew the pledge to take forward her lifelong democratic struggle.

Talking to APP, Palwasha Khan said that Quran Khawani would be held at 1 pm and dua will be offered at 5:05 pm at Liaquat Bagh.

On the occasion, she said that PPP leaders would highlight the achievements of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto who struggled for democracy and sacrificed her life for the people of the country.

She said that PPP main function would be held at Garhi Khuda Bux where PPP workers across the country would reach and hold a big rally.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former president Asif Ali Zardari and other senior leaders will address the gathering at Garhi Khuda Bux, he added.

Palwasha Khan said that Shaheed Benazir Bhutto led the Pakistani nation as its prime minister and leader of the opposition for the strong democracy, supremacy of the constitution, and rights of all sections of society.

She said the workers would lay wreath on the grave of Benazir and they would pray to Allah Almighty for the elevation of the departed soul to the highest ranks.

The PPP Punjab chapter will also participate in the death anniversary ceremonies of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

According to details, several programmes will be organised to pay tribute to the late leader of the party.

Quran Khawani will be held for the departed soul at the PPP Punjab office, besides local offices, residences of PPP workers and leaders as well.

In Faisalabad, the PPP leaders and workers will hold condolence references and Quran Khawani in various parts of the district while gift packets comprising edibles will also be distributed to destitute, said PPP Organiser Younas Suleman.

A special programme will also be organised to pay tribute to the services of Benazir Bhutto for the development of the country and democracy.