MULTAN -The activists of PPP marked as Black Day here on Saturday to condemn martial law imposed by Ziaul Haq on the same day in 1977. The activists staged demonstrations and condemnation gatherings where PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was paid rich tributes.

The elected government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was toppled by Gen Ziaul Haq in an army coup on July 5, 1977 and the then prime minister Mr Bhutto was imprisoned. He was later on hanged in a murder case.

The members of People’s Lawyers Forum (PLF) staged a demonstration at Chowk Kutchehry under the leadership of their Divisional President Sheikh Ghiyas-ul-Haq, former advisor to prime minister Khawaja Rizwan Alam and district president Khalid Hanif Lodhi. The protestors shouted slogans against former dictator and resolved to eliminate the remnants of dictatorship from the country. The also pledged to continue efforts for strengthening democracy in the country. Similarly, the activists of PPP Multan city also held a protest meeting with city president Khurshid Ahmed Khan Multan in the chair.

 Paying glowing tributes to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the participants of the meeting said that the PPP founder empowered poor people and made them real source of power. They added that Bhutto was a visionary leader who laid foundation of country’s nuclear programme. They said anti-democratic forces eliminated Bhutto but could they failed to kill his ideology and it existed in terms of democracy in the country. They said that Bhutto introduced one-man, one-vote slogan which restored the prestige of a common man. They pledged to continue Bhutto’s mission and turn Pakistan into a true welfare democratic state.