KARACHI, September 30: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) who sacrificed their life in their struggle against the brutal Zia dictatorship. “While eating the fruit of democracy, we all are indebted to their unmatched bravery, conviction and commitment to the cause of democracy,” PPP Chairman stated as the martyrdom anniversaries of hundreds of MRD martyrs were being observed across Sindh province, especially in Dadu, Shaheed Benazirabad and other cities and towns during the month ending today.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that his mother Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto valiantly led the most populist and massive movement against dictatorship. Her brothers, sisters and Jiyalas responded to her call with unshakeable loyalty and lost their life and limbs for the cause of the people of Pakistan and their inalienable rights.
He said that Zia regime used gunship helicopters and brutal force against the non-violent movement for democracy and sowed the seeds of extremism, terrorism and ethnic violence to torpedo Pakistanis quest for democratic order. “By snatching democracy, grabbing power and hanging first democratically elected Prime Minister and the brain behind our nuclear programme Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Gen Zia had conspired to turn this country into Banana Republic and a society into a mob of chaos and disarray,” he added.
Bilawal Bhutto said that it was Jiyalas and other democratic political workers of Pakistan, especially the martyrs of democracy who fought valiantly under leadership of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto against the dictator and demolished his remnants in the elections held in 1988 despite massive rigging against the PPP.
PPP Chairman said that his Party, its leadership and the workers shall never forget our martyrs and their families and will continue to pay homages them generation to generation.