*Says power belonging to people being stolen by unelected individuals and institutions
Islamabad January 4, 2017: On the eve of the 88th birthday of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto I urge the people particularly the youth to stand together in foiling the designs of the religious fanatics and extremists who are out to destroy the state and its democratic structures that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had strived so hard to build and for which he laid down his life.
This indeed is the best way to pay homage to Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on his birth anniversary this year. Shaheed Bhutto was an icon of democracy and a firm believer in peoples’ power, he said.
A thought that crosses the mind on this occasion is this; due to the incompetence of some and greed of some others the power that belongs to the people has been stolen by the un-elected individuals and institutions. This assault on peoples’ power and re-writing of the state-citizen relationship is pregnant with serious consequences and must be checked. Party workers and indeed all democracy loving people should give a serious thought to it and force a course correction before it is too late, he said.
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto symbolized the power of the people on the one hand and resistance against tyranny and dictatorship on the other. The need for standing up for those ideals is as great today as it has been any time before.
Shaheed Bhutto strengthened internal political cohesion by giving the nation a unanimous Constitution and strengthened the defense forces to protect against external aggression, he said adding “for this he has earned a place in the history of this country that will always be his”.
On this occasion we also pay homage to the leaders and workers of the Party who have made enormous sacrifices in the course of our historic democratic struggle for peoples’ power.