Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has paid tribute to the martyrs of Karsaz tragedy.
In his message issued on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Karsaz tragedy, the PPP Chairman said that the day reminded them he sacrifices of the leadership and workers of the party during the struggle to restore and strengthen democracy in the country. Both the leadership and workers fought so many heinous conspiracies and walked through the rivers of blood to accomplish the mission of democracy, equality, peace and prosperity in the country, he added.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that on October 18, 2007, the blood of 180 people was shed to sabotage the gathering of more than 3 million people present in Karachi for the historic reception of Benazir Bhutto. He said that they should remember their martyrs on October 18 every year and shared the grief of their families as well as inform our young generation about their history and the struggles and sacrifices of the generations before them.
The younger Zardari further said that they had to teach the young generation that developing personal enmities in politics and breaking records of telling lies was not a struggle. He reiterated his determination that the Pakistan People’s Party would continue to advance the struggle to strengthen democracy in the country, because the sacrifices of the martyrs of the Karsaz were given for the establishment of democracy and strengthening it. Bilawal said that bloodshed suffered by the democratic forces besides the torture, solitary confinements and imprisonments would not deter the PPP leadership and workers from carrying on the struggle of our predecessors.
Meanwhile, former President and President of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari in his message on the occasion of the Karsaz tragedy said that the PPP fulfilled the mission of its great leader late Benazir Bhutto. The PPP restored the 1973 Constitution in its original form, hoisted the national flag again in Sawat Valley, gave autonomy to the provinces, gave identity to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The poor and deserving women were made partakers in the society through Benazir Income Support Program. The 18th Amendment guarantees the country’s survival and integrity.
Zardari said that their struggle had always been for the employment of the youth, economic prosperity and social justice. The PPP, he said, completed Benazir Bhutto’s mission by giving power back to the Parliament that was stolen from it by dictators. A place such as Thar is now contributing towards the progress of the country by generating electricity and lighting people’s homes. Paying homage to the martyrs of the Karsaz tragedy, Zardari said that their bravery, loyalty and steadfastness is exemplary. There is no other example of such a fearless act in political history, in which people sacrificed their lives to protect their great sister and leader. Zardari said that democracy in the country currently was owed to the blood of slain PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto and the thousands of courageous jiyalas.