KARACHI: A rally to observe the martyrdom of around 170 Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) supporters in the attack on former premier Benazir Bhutto on October 18, 2007 will be held on Sunday, declared Senator Saeed Ghani at a press conference at the PPP media cell on Friday.
Ghani, who is also the chief minister's adviser on labour, remarked that they are commemorating the event on October 16 instead of October 18 [Tuesday] on the directions of PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who felt the public would suffer less in terms of traffic jams if it is held on a non-working day.
The route plan of the 'salam shuhada' rally has been shared with the traffic police and the city administration, informed Ghani.
The rally will start from Bilawal House and will pass through Lyari, MA Jinnah Road, Numaish Chowrangi and then end at Karsaz.
According to him, PPP supporters from Korangi and West districts will gather at Bilawal House on Sunday while workers from South will join the rally at Kutyana Memon Hospital, from Central at MA Jinnah Road, from East at Numaish and from Malir at Sharae Faisal. Bilawal will also be addressing the rally at four points.
"Special permission for loud-speakers has been obtained for the rally," revealed Ghani.
Ghani, who was speaking along with members of the rally committee including Najmi Alam, Waqar Mehdi and Rashid Rabbani, claimed that a large number of people will join the party in Karachi after the rally.
He further remarked that the entire expenses for the rally have been borne by the party.
Sindh information adviser Maula Bux Chandio, while talking to the media, said that Sunday's rally will be a historical one and will strengthen democracy in the country.
He claimed that the enlightened, liberal and educated people of Pakistan always supported PPP in elections even though terrorists had denied the party to fully run its campaign in the 2013 general elections.
According to Chandio, PPP gave a historical welcome to slain party chairperson Benazir Bhutto on her return to Pakistan after exile in 2007 but terrorists attacked her convoy [at Karsaz], in which more than 170 PPP workers were martyred and 600 injured.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2016.
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