KARACHI/ISLAMABAD, April 3: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that Pakistan would have been a welfare state with a vibrant economy and society, seen as role-model Muslim country in the world, had the Prime Minister Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto not been hanged.
Paying glowing tributes to Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the PPP Chairman said those who martyred Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in fact murdered the dreams of our founding fathers and laid to rest the future of Pakistani generations.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was an iconic leader who had laid the foundations for equitable economic, political and democratic infrastructure. “Things we take for granted today, such as universal sufferage, constitutional guarantees of equality under the constitution, the right to freedom of movement, religion, political affiliation, and unionization were codified under the unanimously adopted constitution of 1973. The passing of the 1973 constitution remains till today the greatest democratic achievement of this country.” he added.
He said that the policies of Bhutto Shaheed had led to the establishing of huge industrial, economic and commercial ventures, that had revolutionized the country by redistributing wealth from the hands of the few to the many. It was unfortunate that the dictator Zia overthrew his legitimately elected government and drifted Pakistan into a quagmire of intolerance, extremism and poverty.
“Dictators and their selected unguided missiles imposed on this nation subsequently destroyed the democratic, societal, and economic fabric, decimating all gains of transferring power to the people by concentrating it back into the hands of a few. We need to turn back to the teachings and vision of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and course correct the country onto the path of true democracy once again,” he added.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pledged that his Party would carry on the mission of its founder Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, continuing the struggle for a strong, democratic, egalitarian and progressive Pakistan.