KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah said that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was the leader of poor, downtrodden and oppressed people, and with his vision and wisdom, he made Pakistan a nuclear state.
This he said on Saturday while addressing a gathering of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) parliamentarians to celebrate the 91st birth anniversary of Bhutto at the CM House. The gathering was also attended by former and acting ministers, MPAs, advisers and special assistants of the CM.
Shah commended the personality of Bhutto and said that he was a brave, courageous and highly educated leader. He founded the PPP with the objective to make the country a democratic state in which the class system that had eaten into the vitals of this country could be eliminated.
“He gave voice to the voiceless and courage to the suppressed so that the poor and downtrodden could participate in decision making and have a say,” he said adding, “Though there was no powerful media in those days, even then Bhutto spread his party’s message to each and every person living in small or big cities and also in the far-flung areas.” Furthermore, Bhutto believed that without people’s participation in national decisions, true national development could not be achieved.
Shah said that it was the vision of Bhutto that a secular political force could be created in the shape of PPP. “The message of Bhutto’s birth anniversary for party workers is very loud and clear that we should work to strengthen democracy in Pakistan, render service for poor people and respect humanity irrespective of religion, cast and creed,” he said.
Peoples Lawyers Forum
The CM, along with Energy Minister Imtiaz Shaikh, Adviser Murtaza Wahab, Special Assistants Rashid Rabbani and Waqar Mehdi, went to City Court to attend a birthday programme for Bhutto organised by the Peoples Lawyers Forum President Advocate Qazi Bashir.
Addressing the occasion, the CM said that Bhutto used to say that there were two Bhuttos – the one living in his body and soul and the other one was infused in each and every individual living in Pakistan. “Today Bhutto is no more in this world but he survived by each and every Pakistani living in this country,” he said. He said that our Quaid-e-Azam, Bhutto and his father Syed Abdullah Shah were practicing lawyers, therefore he has specials regards for the lawyers’ community and he would solve their problems on priority basis. Shah said that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto always appreciated lawyers’ struggle for restoration of democracy. “I am happy to see lawyers in a large number attending the birth anniversary celebration Bhutto – this shows that he is survived by all of you,” he concluded.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2019.