AHMEDPUR EAST - PPP District Bahawalpur Information Secretary Muhammad Saleem Bhatti said here on Sunday that ZA Bhutto was the leader of deprived masses of the third world. He introduced poor and downtrodden people to democracy and sensitised them about their democratic rights.

While addressing public meetings in connection with the 85th birth anniversary of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) founding chairman Zulfikar Ali Bhutto here at Yazman and Bahawalpur, he pledged to continue ZAB mission of serving the poor masses. The workers and office-bearers of the PPP from across the district participated in the events to mark the day and pay tribute to their beloved and visionary leader.

Highlighting services, vision and philosophy of Shaheed ZA Bhutto for strengthening democracy, Saleem Bhatti said that ZA Bhutto laid the basis for democratic process in the country with the formation of Pakistan People’s Party on November 30, 1967.

Besides giving the nation a consensus Constitution which was passed unanimously by the National Assembly on April 12, 1973, it was his foresight to make the country defence impregnable by initiating nuclear programme,” he continued. He said that Bhutto would also be remembered for championing rights of the poor masses and creating awareness in the common man for his basic human rights including the right to vote. ZA Bhutto launched Pakistan People’s Party in 1967 which had won 1970 elections in the then west Pakistan with a vast majority. Saleem Bhatti said the late prime minister had earned a place in the galaxy of leaders of the Third World who earned famed in the struggle against colonialism and imperialism. Bhutto’s formation of a new political party was a setback for the reactionary forces in a country- long dominated by rightists. The present government of PPP with its coalition partners restored the 1973 Constitution in its original form and empowered the parliament to take all decisions as envisioned by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto,” the PPP leader pointed out.

 He said that Bhutto was a visionary politician of international repute, who had served as the President of Pakistan from 1971 to 1973 and then as Prime Minister from 1973 to 1977. He had taken many short and long term practical steps to give honour, dignity self-respect to the common man in the country,” he concluded.