ISLAMABAD (APP) - Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is set to mark July 5 as Black Day - the day when the government of the most popular leader in countrys post Quaid-e-Azam era, was toppled by a dictator Ziaul Haq. Despite that ZA Bhutto and the opposition parties had finalised an agreement to ease tension, Ziaul Haq took over in the darkness of night betraying the leader who had elevated Zia as Army Chief by superseding five senior generals. It was in ZA Bhuttos tenure that the assemblies had completed their tenure and the masses hoped continuation of democracy as it was deemed a breathe of fresh air after end to continued non-elected civil and military regimes, right from Sikandar Mirza down to Ayub Khan and Yahya Khan. But, the dream could not come true and the government of an elected leader, who gave a consensus Constitution to motherland, nuclear program, steel mills and above of a leader, who brought back more 90,000 war prisoners back to Pakistan from Indian jails, was toppled. Number of events and functions are organised across the country to eulogize ZA Bhutto and condemn the July 5 action of Ziaul Haq, who later also expired in a plane crash after ruling the country for 11 long years. Of course, the blue print of dictatorship of former usurper General Zia is still visible in our minds, to particularly those PPPs workers who were relentlessly flogged, faced charges of violating dictatorial rule, abducted from their homes in the darkness of night on July 5, 1977, said Senator Faisal Raza Abidi about the day - the PPP observes as Black day every year. But, this day also proved to be a turning point in the history of PPP, he added. The party on one hand, started struggle for the rights of deprived and suppressed strata of society and on the other, encountered dictatorship for restoration of democracy in the country. He said even today, the Party is following the legacy of Shaheed ZA Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto to uphold democratic norms in the country and struggle for the rights of poor. No doubt the day reminds the true and dedicated PPP workers of the atrocities and the cruelties of the dictatorial regimes and they reiterate and reaffirm their commitment to democracy at the functions, rallies, seminars and other events organized across the country. In federal capital, this time the party has arranged functions at the National Press Club (NPC) as well as at Liaqat Bagh, Rawalpindi - the place of martyrdom of former Chairperson of PPP Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. President of PPP Human Rights Wings, Punjab, Saleem-ur-Rehman Meo told APP that a programme would be conducted at NPC, and said, the day will always be remembered as the hallmark of great struggle of PPP workers to challenge the dictatorship and the worst trial, flogging and years-long imprisonments, they had faced, he said. City President of PPP, Rawalpindi, Amir Fida Paracha - the main organiser of ceremony to be held at Liaquat Bagh, has termed the Martial Law of July 5, 1977, as a turning point in the history of the PPP. As the democracy could not take strong roots in the country, it is always threatened by non-democratic forces, now after the reconciliatory policy of President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani masses have high hopes that the present one would be the third government to complete its tenure after 1973 and 2002.