Shaheed Bhutto shining example for younger generation
A Message from Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto
January 4, 2005:
Former Prime Minister and Chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party Mohtarma
Benazir Bhutto has said that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a shining
example for young people to emulate to take the society forward. She said
this in a message on the eve of the 77th birthday of Pakistanís firs
directly elected Prime Minister falling on January 5.
Following is the text of her message.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto strode the national scene like a colossus. For the past
four decad es he towered over the nationís politics. It is a measure
of his greatness that today the politics of the country revolves round his
name. The two political forces in the country are those who follow Bhutto
and those who oppose him. Such was his all-pervasive greatness that when
ordinary mortals followed his call and his cause they became extraordinary.
e Awam Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Shaheed gave voice to the voiceless and power to
the powerless of the country. He helped them shape their own destiny and the
destiny of their country. As he trekked along the path, he illuminated it
for generations to come.
is not easy to encompass his achievements. Whether it is the unanimous
Constitution, which has protected the federation from implosion or the
nuclear programme, which has protected Pakistan from external aggression the
stamp of Bhutto, is writ large over it. And in between the Karakoram
Highway, Port Qasim, Kamrah Aeronautical Complex and Heavy Mechanical
Complex stand out as silent monuments to his memory.
crowning achievement of Shaheed Bhutto has been the holding of Organisation
of Islamic Countries Summit in 1974 at Lahore. It was there that the
legendary Yassir Arafat was recognized as the authentic voice of the
Palestinian people giving new impetus to the Palestinian struggle. This move
culminated in the Oslo Peace talks and the establishment of a Palestinian
Authority as the first step towards a comprehensive settlement.
e Awam gave Pakistan nuclear parity with India thus enabling residual
Pakistan to defend its territorial integrity and independence. He gave pride
to every Pakistani, irrespective of race, religion or gender.
"He gave Pakistan a unanimous Constitution and established Azad Kashmir as
an autonomous area with its own President, Prime Minister and Judiciary. He
gave Balauchistan Provincial status and established a provincial assembly
and high court for it. Its people no longer had to trek to Karachi to knock
on the doors of justice.
gave every Pakistani the right to a passport as a fundamental right. He
introduced habeas corpus for the first time in the history of Pakistan. He
began the emancipation of the people in the tribal areas as well as the
Northern areas. He built the Karakorum Highway, which stands as an
ever-lasting memorial to his name. He established four cancer curing
centers, the first of their kind in Pakistan.
spread knowledge by building colleges and universities, especially of
professional studies. He opened the way for the middle classes to develop
and prosper in the fields of medicine, engineering, law and other specialist
introduced land reforms breaking the back of feudalism and ended the
jagirdari system. His labour reforms for the first time gave protection to
labour through health, educational and pension schemes. He was a social
reformer who changed the contours of the politics of Pakistan. He was a
"revolutionary and a poet" to his last breath--and that is how he wished to
be remembered. He is now a part of the legend of the land.
the ambitious dictators brought defeat to the nation in 1971, it was Quaid e
Awam who pieced together the country with his sweat, toil and blood. Seldom
before had one individual done so much for so many people in such a short
time as Shaheed Bhutto did in saving what was left of Pakistan. He raised
the morale of a defeated and demoralized people bringing back five thousand
square miles of territory, ninety thousand prisoners of war as well as
saving the country from the humiliation of war crimes tribunals.
was a man of honour who gave honour and raised the honour of his country and
his people. He was able to do this because the people of the country from
the Khunjrab Pass to the shores of the Arabian Sea in Karachi supported him.
e Awam was a brave and dauntless leader. With his charisma, his
intelligence, his wisdom, his knowledge, his compassion he was in many ways
an ideal man. Tested through fire, he never abandoned his ideals and belief
in the freedom of humanity from tyranny. He was killed at the young age of
fifty. He walked to the gallows rather than abandon the people. He shall
live forever in the pages of history. He is a fine example for young people
to emulate as they build independent lives and take our society forward in
this still young century