“The founding principles of the Party ‘Democracy is our politics’ and ‘All power to the people’ are ingrained in the consciousness of the people which will never be erased. Today we reiterate yet again that political change can only be brought about by the people through ballot and no one will be permitted to impose their political or ideological agenda through the bullet and the gun”.
Born during the struggle against dictatorship the Pakistan Peoples Party is proud of its record of continuous struggle against civil and military dictatorship, he said.
Dictatorship rears its ugly head from time to time in different forms and appears in different manifestations he said warning also that militants and militancy seeking to impose their religious and sectarian ideology through force was a new form of dictatorship.
Our leader Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto laid down her life leading from the front the fight against this new threat to democracy. Let us on this founding day vow to continue fight against militants and militancy- a fight in which thousands of our brave men and women from the valiant armed forces, the police, the law enforcement agencies and civilians have laid down their lives.
Our Mission is the great mission of emancipation, of hope, of honour and respect, of a society free of poverty and of holding high the banner of human dignity for which the great Quaid e Awam gave his life.
“The Party’s momentous achievements were made possible by the enormous sacrifices made by the workers of the Party for which they deserved the gratitude of all patriotic people” Mr Zardari said.
Just as no amount of terrorism by the state actors in the past could stop our workers from pursuit of their democratic beliefs, no amount of terrorism perpetrated now by non state actors and militants will shake the belief in democratic values and culture of the workers of PPP and democratic political parties, he emphasised.
Zardari said history bears witness to the fact that when the democratic and progressive elements of civil society were tortured, jailed and hanged there were also those who colluded with the dictators, took oath of allegiance and abetted in their crime of stifling the democratic voice. This makes the sacrifices of our workers even more glorious. The Party salutes all these valiant workers for their dedication, commitment and sacrifices made for the cause.
“I ask the workers to go out to spread the message of hope and deliverance, which is the message of the PPP. I urge you to tell the silent, demoralized and suffering majority of people that a bright morning awaits at the end of a long and hard fight against the militants and the enemies of democracy”, he concluded.—INP