Islamabad: Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker, National Assembly has said that Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was a visionary and a stateswoman and always aspired for a world, free from exploitation and discrimination between privileged and underprivileged, men and women. She fought for the downtrodden and oppressed and longed for a forward-looking Pakistan, where women were not subjected to humiliation, torture and treated with respect as equal partners to progress and prosperity. She said this in her message on the 58th Birth Anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto being observed tomorrow.
Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that Shaheed Mohtarma had a towering and multi-dimensional personality and was bacon of light for the downtrodden, oppressed and marginalized segments of the society. He said that Mohtarma had the courage to challenge the worst dictatorship of the times when compared with other contemporary politicians. She had to pass through the whirlpool of vendetta by a repressive regime in shape of brutal assassination of her father Quaid-e-Azam Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the murders of her two brothers, the hardships of her mother, her own and her husband’s imprisonments, physical and mental torture, nevertheless, she bravely faced whatever came in her way, continued to challenge the dictatorships and remained steadfast in her commitment to the people and democracy.
Madam Speaker said that today as the nation finds itself encircled by challenges, threats and pressures, never witnessed ever before, and while we all put in our respective efforts to steer the country out of the present quagmire, we need Mohtarma Benazir now more than ever before. She said that Mohtarma strongly believed in solidarity of Federation and provincial autonomy. She said that the people of the four provinces had their confidence in her and whenever the nation was given a relatively free chance to choose, her political party returned successful from all the four federating units. She said that Pakistan witnessed a phenomenal development in all sectors of economy and made the country impregnable during her both tenures as Prime Minister.
Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that Mohtarma worked diligently as twice-elected Prime Minister towards the well-defined goals of women empowerment. Shaheed Mohtarma brought women to the main-stream by appointing them as judges of the superior courts, opened first women bank, ensured state protection for women by coming up to with the idea of separate women police stations, dedicated funds and schemes in shape of women health workers to bring sea-change in the plight of misery and disease stricken women and last but surely least, encouraged women at every tier of political hierarchy.
Madam Speaker said that Mohtarma strongly believed in reconciliation and forbearance she was always forgiving and tried to look for similarities rather than to seek difference and believed in building bridges and not living in isolation, both on the international level as well as on the national front.
Madam Speaker called upon all the political forces to rise above party lines to work for the democracy, say no to extremism, militancy and violence and rebuild Pakistan as Mohtarma dreamed, aspired and worked for. She termed it the befitting way of paying homage and remembrance Benazir Bhutto deserves as a cherished off-spring of the Indus, a gifted soul of Pakistan, the befitting daughter of the East and the visionary of our times. May Allah Rest the soul of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in eternal peace (Ameen), Madam Speaker prayed.
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