Tributes pour in as nation observes 11th death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto

Published: December 27, 2018
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An AFP file photo of Benazir Bhutto, taken during a press conference on November 7, 1985 at Carlton's Hotel in Cannes.

An AFP file photo of Benazir Bhutto, taken during a press conference on November 7, 1985 at Carlton's Hotel in Cannes.

On the 11th death anniversary of former prime minister Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, tributes poured in for the slain leader as the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) commemorated the day with a ceremony at Garhi Khuda Baksh.

The pro-democracy leader was assassinated while leaving a party rally at Rawalpindi’s Liaquat National Bagh on December 27, 2007.

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In a statement, her son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari reminisced how the slain leader never took rest. “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,” he said.

“On becoming country’s first woman prime minister, she took steps for transforming the country into a real welfare state and gave entirely peoples-friendly policies and programmes. 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.”

The government’s press information department (PID) also paid tribute to the former premier.

“Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is being remembered on her 11th death anniversary today. She took oath as the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan on December 2, 1988, and also the first woman to lead a Muslim state.”

Other notables also paid tribute to the slain leader.

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