Islamabad: The sacrifice of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed will not go in vain and the democracy will not only prevail in the country in true essence but will also develop strong roots. This was stated by Ambassador of Pakistan Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan while addressing a seminar on the occasion of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed’s 58th birth anniversary at the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) here in Dubai, says a press release received here today from Dubai.
The Ambassador said that Benazir Bhutto Shaheed had guided the nation and encouraged the masses to remain steadfast against an oppressive system and she fell victim to the menace of terrorism but refused to bow before it. He recalled BB Shaheed’s advice to the people to continue the fight against extremism, dictatorship, poverty and ignorance. He said that the life and death of Benazir Bhutto has become a beacon light for the people of Pakistan because she strived for the restoration of democracy, public welfare, national security and political awareness in the masses.
He said that Shaheed BB was a symbol of national unity and integration and the best tribute that the nation can pay to her is an allegiance to the principals which she espoused vigorously in her life and the values she promoted consistently in her career.
He said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was a great visionary leader and she sacrificed her life for strengthening democracy in the country. She fought against the terrorists and for the right of people till her last breath. He said Zulfikar Ali Bhutto saw the dream of empowering working classes and women and her daughter Benazir Bhutto carried forward that vision. He said that Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had a vision and the passion for the promotion of education in the country and the present government is making all out efforts to provide standard education to Pakistani youth.
He said that several projects were underway and the development of the physical infrastructure of the educational institutions which is very important in improvement of quality of school-level education. Highlighting the importance of private sector’s role in the field of education he said that effective partnership with these institutions would align the work around the agenda of government for better education for all.
He emphasized that Shaheed BB had forgiven all her opponents, including those who had tortured her and her family during their term of office and adopted a policy of dialogue and reconciliation. She gave a road map for Pakistan’s prosperity in the Charter of Democracy which is a very important document in the country’s political history.
The Ambassador said BB Shaheed was aware of the challenges confronted by the country and her last address was a shining testament to her vision, wisdom, courage and determination to steer the country out of difficulties. He said she defied the mortal dangers to her life on her last day and stood like a rock as a symbol of sacrifice and service to the people she so passionately loved.
He said that people of Pakistan know what her mission was and how much she loved her countrymen and they have to fulfil the mission for which she travelled to Pakistan despite numerous life-threatening calls. He said that she fought courageously against the militants and extremists bent upon forcing their ideological agenda on the people through brute force. He said that the present democratic system is because of the great vision of Shaheed Mohtarma and her continued struggle and the Pakistani nation will always remember their great leader, may Allah Almighty bless her soul.
The Consul General while addressing the seminar said that Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed was a symbol of national integration and incarnation of democracy. She combined in her personality qualities of head and heart, but what appealed most to the people were her genuineness and her boldness. Her political acumen, vision and will were put to the severest test but she always came out with flying colours, he added.
The Consul General said that throughout her life, she valiantly campaigned against injustices, oppression and prejudices. She faced great difficulties and tragedies, yet she never wavered from her chosen path and continued her struggle to oust arbitrary rulers and thwart nefarious designs of the retrogressive and obscurant forces till her last breath. He said that Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed was a true leader of the masses who embraced martyrdom in the midst of the masses. She was warned not to travel to Pakistan, but she responded that since the people need her then how she could stay away from them.
The Consul General announced that Pakistan Consulate in Dubai supports the establishment of Allama Iqbal School, in Dubai as committed by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto with Rana Ramzan, a PPP activists and local PPP leader in Dubai and would extend every possible help in this connection. He said that Pakistan Consulate, Dubai also support Dr. Faiz’s proposals for the providing scholarship and cheap education to Pakistani Community living in UAE and urged upon the Pakistani community to come forward and join this noble cause.
Dr. Faiz, Deen, SZABIST, Ch. Zafar Iqbal, President, Pakistan Social Centre, Sharjah Mian Munir Hans, Akram Farooqui, Zahoor Sharjah, Rashid Chughtai and other participants from across the UAE also paid homage to former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed. They emphasized that the best way to pay respect to Benazir Bhutto Shaheed was to carry forward the mission undertaken by her and her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Shaheed. They also called upon the people to continue Benazir’s mission and strengthen President Asif Ali Zardari’s hands. SZABIST student’s Ms. Fatima and Wajeeha also gave a speech on life sketch and achievement of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. Specials prayers were arranged at the campus for Shaheed Benazir Bhutto which was attended by a large gathering and at the end Special Dua was offered.
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