Power locus fast shifting from people to un-elected elements: Zardari

ZAB’s 38th death anniversary today; Sindh govt announces public holiday

Garhi Khuza Bakhsh

The 38th death anniversary of founder-chairman of the Paki-stan People’s Party (PPP) and former prime minister Quaid-e-Awam Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto would be observed with great reverence and respect across the country tomorrow-Tuesday.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a statesman who served as the 9th Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1973 to 1977, and prior to that as the 4th President of Paki-stan from 1971 to 1973.He is revered in Pakistan as Quaid-i-Awam. He was also the founder of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and served as its chairman until his execution on 4th April 1979.
Pakistan Peoples Party has finalized arrangements for 38th death anniversary of its founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on April 4 at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh. Edu-cated at USC, University of California at Berkeley and University of Oxford, Bhutto trained as a barris-ter at Lincoln’s Inn in London. He entered politics as one of President Iskander Mirza’s cabinet members, before being assigned several ministries during President Ayub Khan’s military rule from 1958. He was appointed Foreign Minister in 1963.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former President Asif Ali Zardari will lead the main event at Garhi Khuda Bukhsh along with provincial minis-ters, party leaders from across the country, district office-bearers and party workers.
PPP Jiyalas and leaders have reached Garhi Khuda Bukhsh in thousands from all over the country to join in the observance of death anniversary of their leader. On the occasion, the recitation from the Quran and Fateh will be offered to pay homage to the departed soul of Shaheed Bhutto. PPP will start the function at midnight of April 3 and in the early morning there will be a public meeting to be ad-dressed by the central party leaders at Bhutto House Naudero. It has been decided to hold death anniver-sary functions at the district level. A documentary, depicting the life and achievements of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto will also be screened on the occasion.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a statesman who served as the 9th Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1973 to 1977, and prior to that as the 4th President of Paki-stan from 1971 to 1973.He is revered in Pakistan as Quaid-i-Awam. He was also the founder of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and served as its chairman until his execution on 4th April 1979.
Educated at USC, University of California at Berke-ley and University of Oxford, Bhutto trained as a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn in London. He entered politics as one of President Iskander Mirza’s cabinet members, before being assigned several ministries during President Ayub Khan’s military rule from 1958. He was appointed Foreign Minister in 1963.
In his message on the eve of the death anniversary of the PPP’s founder, former President Asif Ali Zardari said Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a visionary leader who made the people of Pakistan the locus of all political power but the thought that bites the soul on his martyrdom anniversary is that the locus of power is fast shifting away from the people towards un-elected elements.
The best way to pay tribute to the great leader is to arrest this slippage of power from the people and restore it to their elected representatives. “On this barsi of Shaheed Bhutto I ask the people to rededicate themselves to the ideal that all power belongs to the people and that power must flow from the ballot box and not from the bullet”.
Meanwhile the Sindh Government has an-nounced public holiday on the death anniversary of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto tomorrow April 4.
Schools and all other educational institutions of Sindh government will remain closed tomorrow (Tuesday). All provincial government offices, de-partments, and institutions will also remain close tomorrow.—INP

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