RE-The Pakistan People's Party observed Black Day on July 5 (Saturday) as a token of protest against the overthrow of of late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's government by Ziaul Haq in 1977.
In Lahore, the PPP leaders paid glowing tributes to the party's founding leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Shaheed and his daughter Benazir Bhutto Shaheed in a seminar held at Lahore Press Club on Saturday.
Punjab Revenue Minister Haji Muhammad Ishaq, MPA Qasim Zia, PPP Punjab General Secretary Ghulam Abbas, party's Lahore President Azizur Rehman Chan, PPP's CEC member Malik Mushtaq Awan and other party office-bearers addressed the seminar.
The leader also endorsed all the initiatives taken by PPP's Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, and termed these in the best interest in the country as well as the entire democratic process. They also vowed to end dictatorship from the country for ever, saying they would not allow the history to repeat itself.
They also criticized Pakistan Tahrik-e-Insaaf chairman Imran and Jamaat-e-Islami for their adverse remarks against the largest political party (PPP) of the country and its top leadership. Some PPP leaders also criticised the PML-N for not observing the day without naming it.
Addressing the party workers, Qasim Zia said the martyrdom of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, and their supreme sacrifices for the rights of people, restoration of democracy, supremacy of constitution and the parliament would be remembered for ever.
"Though PPP is facing numerous hardships in the absence of its great leaders, but we will continue the Bhutto's mission for people's empowerment, supremacy of constitution and parliament, and restoration of democracy," he asserted.
The PPP has a philosophy and a broader vision in politics, he said and added that founding PPP leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his daughter Benazir Bhutto always strived for people's rights.
Qasim Zia said his party accepted all the challenges Pakistan today and expressed the resolve to take effective steps to pull the country out of prevailing crises.
Ghulam Abbas said, "We feel ourselves alone without Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, who had a profound impact on our political and private life." PPP is committed to bring a positive change in the system to strengthen democratic institutions, he maintained.
Without naming the PML-N, Ghulam Abbass said that some parties did not participate in the black day as they were the products of dictator Zia and benefitted a lot during his rule. Again without making any direct reference to PML-N leadership, he said that people in uniform were still there and if the PPP government is dislodged any time, they (the PML-N) would not be brought to power. It would be the men in uniform who would capture power again, he added.
He said that great Benazir Bhutto always said that people were her asset and she wanted to live and die with them.
"Today, Pakistan is being surviving just because of BB, who bore her farther's death, and Asif Ali Zardari, who showed patience on BB's assassination, chanted slogan of "Pakistan Khappe" (Pakistan is indispensable), he observed.
Bhutto family's sacrifices, struggle and martyrdom would be remembered in the history and till the world existed, he maintained.
Munir Ahmed Khan said that Bhutto is not the name of one person, but of every person who has admiration for Bhuttos. He said that it was just because of ZAB and BB's political sagacity and sacrifices that ensured democracy in Pakistan today.
Malik Mushtaq Awan said that PPP is committed to the egalitarian vision of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed and would relentlessly work to restore the dignity of the common man by providing basic necessities of life to the people.
Pakistan People's Party is the name of an idealogy, mission and of the movement launched by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who realized the people's power and strived for it, while his daughter Benazir Bhutto took his mission forward and even laid down her life for this sacred cause, he added.
Azizur Rehman Chan observed that PPP would continue to work under its manifesto on the basis of which it received public mandate in the general election.
Recalling the political wisdom of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, he said the PPP would continue to fight against extremism, ignorance and poverty to ensure real democracy, he mentioned.
PPP's women leaders including MPA Sajida Mir also expressed their views on this occasion.