KARACHI, July 4: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has called for a Black-Day across the country on July 5 (Wednesday), when country’s first democratically-elected Prime Minister Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his government was ousted by a tin-pot dictator General Zia 40 years ago.
“July 5, 1977 shall remain a Black-Day in Pakistan’s history because the hopes and aspirations of our nation were crushed by a dictator who remains the root of every evil, which continues to haunt the people,” the PPP Chairman stated in his message on the day.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that extremism, terrorism, Kalashnikov and drug culture are all the nasty gifts of Zia dictatorship, which unleashed a reign of terror against democratic, liberal and truly patriotic people of Pakistan. He said from lock-ups to torture cells and lashes to gallows every form atrocity and violence was let loose against the innocent and unarmed Pakistanis after the ouster of democratic government.
He said that despite facing worst victimization and dictatorial state terrorism, the people of Pakistan especially the Jiyalas remained steadfast and battled bravely for democracy unabatedly.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari saluted all the PPP leaders, workers, Jiyalas and common people who suffered every kind of brutality under Zia for the cause of democracy and mission of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
PPP will observe July 5 as Black Day tomorrow and black flags will be hoisted on all the Party offices at district, divisional and provincial headquarters.