BAHAWALPUR/SADIQABAD

arious meetings were held here to observe the founding day of Pakistan People’s Party and to pay tributes to Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the founding chairman of the party. The participants pledged to shed even last drop of their blood for the country and to actualise the dreams of Quaid-i-Azam and Bhuttos.

Addressing a meeting held in Bahawalpur, Saleem Bhatti, secretary information of PPP Bahawalpur, said, “The PPP believes that all powers belong to the people. The voyage to real democracy started by the PPP. The party has seen a many ups and downs.

After the dictatorial regimes of Ayub Khan and Yahya Khan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto forced the public to own the right to decide their fate. He transposed politics from the drawing rooms of royals and generals to public, and gave Pakistan her first ever constitution.”

Bhatti said that ZA Bhutto made Pakistan a nuclear power and introduced comprehensive labour reforms even then he was incarcerated, tortured and murdered by the courts of a dictator.

His successor, Benazir Bhutto, followed in her father's footsteps in order to return democracy to Pakistan, he said and added that BB too was imprisoned, exiled and her life was spoiled putting her husband behind bars for more than 11 years. And like her father, the leader too was martyred, he said.

“Pakistan People's Party has lost its thousands of workers in the fight for democracy. The Jiyalas have been tortured, imprisoned, murdered. Yet confinements, expulsions and unendurable torments could not eliminate the party rather it rose up again and again, always with a new face, with a new flicker of hope and new leadership.

He said, “The third-generation of Bhutto family now vows to save the Pakistan that has been traumatised by dictators and entangled into mayhem by the evil forces from within and outside. Coping with the stones of abuse and arrows of accusations, the Bhutto stands unshaken to carry forward the legacy of martyrs.”

Likewise, PPP's Sadiqabad chapter also observed the party's founding day  by holding various seminars and functions. A seminar in this regard was held at Sadiqabad Press Club where PPP tehsil leader Majeed Baloch, and People's Youth Organisation district president Khawar Bajawa and local office-bearers and party activists among others were present. The meeting was held under the aegis of the party's local wings.  Speakers on the occasion said that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto provided the poor and middle class with an appropriate platform by launching the Pakistan People's Party on November 30, 1967.