KARACHI:– The 11th death anniversary of former prime minister (PM) Benazir Bhutto being observed with reverence all over the country today (Thursday).
Pakistan People’s Party has finalized arrangements for the main function in this regard at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh.
A big public meeting is scheduled to be held in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh for which a big stage has been prepared for top leadership of PPP while the venue has been decorated with party flags and posters of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.
Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former President and co-chairman PPP Asif Ali Zardari, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and other central leadership of PPP will reach Garhi Khuda Bakhsh to attend Benazir Bhutto’s death anniversary.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah will also visit the mausoleum of Shaheed Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto to lay floral wreaths and offer Fateha.
Caravans from across the country including Lahore are reaching Garhi Khuda Bakhsh to attend the main ceremony.
Stringent security arrangements have been made and thousands of policemen and Rangers personnel will be deployed to maintain law and order.
Entry to Mazar of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, Larkana would only be after passage through walk-through gates and checking with metal detectors.
Bilawal, Zardari chair party meeting
Meanwhile, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari jointly chaired the meeting of party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) on the occasion of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s 11th martyrdom anniversary at Naudero House.
Yousaf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Nayyar Hussain Bhukhari, Farhatullah Babar, Sherry Rehman, Qaim Ali Shah, Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Murad Ali Shah and other members of the committee were also present.
Special prayers were offered for Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto during the meeting.
Bilawal Pays rich tribute
Bilawal while paying rich tribute to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto on her 11th anniversary of Martyrdom said she was a stateswoman and an inscriber of the history. She had embraced Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa, Balouchistan, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan like a unifying chain in her entire life.
Her assassination was in actual, meant to ambush the pace of progress and prosperity and on the dream of Pakistan’s enlightened moderation and democratic Pakistan, he added.
On this occasion of 11th Martyrdom day anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, who was the first woman Prime Minister of the Muslim World, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in his message said that since day one she started her political career, she never took rest but as giant leader, she continued to struggle for the rights of the people and for taking the country to the heights of the glory of peaceful, prosperous and democratic Pakistan.
“On becoming country’s first woman PM, she took steps for transforming the country into a real welfare state and gave entirely peoples-friendly policies and programmes”, he said adding, “She developed the soft image of Pakistan internationally and courageously added the missile defence shield to the nuclear programme of the country and the defence of it.”
Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had made Pakistan an invincible state, the PPP Chairman said.
The PPP Chairman said that the ideology of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto both are the keys to a modern and brighter Pakistan.
He vowed that the PPP would keep these two abreast and would continue to struggle for making their dreams of developing Pakistan as modern welfare state come true.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that each year her Day of Martyrdom is commemorated, which in fact is a message to the enemies of the democratic Pakistan. The enemies of Pakistan are destined to remain defeated while Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s mission would remain invincible.