Glowing tribute paid to late Nusrat Bhutto in Capital
By Ali Hassan
ISLAMABAD: Remembering the prolonged efforts for revival of democracy, civil society members on Monday gathered at Parade Avenue (D-Chowk) to pay glowing tributes to late Begum Nusrat Bhutto- mother of late Benazir Bhutto, died on Sunday in Dubai and laid to rest in Ghari Khuda Bakhsh. The members of civil society, students and youth holding candles and portraits of late Nusrat Bhutto termed her ‘Mother Bhutto’ on the occasion lit candles and laid floral wreath in front of her portrait.
Development Communications (DEVCOM) in partnership with other civil society organizations organised the event. On the occasion, the participants said that Ms Bhutto waged decades long political struggle for revival of democracy, restoration of constitution and upholding fundamental rights of Pakistani people, besides facing brutality of dictatorship. Ms Bhutto was born on September 21, 1929, former first lady of Pakistan, widow of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and mother of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Benazir Bhutto.
Talking about her early life, the participants said she was an Iranian from Kurdistan Province, by heritage and daughter of a wealthy Iranian businessman settled in Karachi. She met Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in Karachi where they got married, which was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s second marriage. “As first lady from 1973-77, Ms Bhutto functioned as a political leader and accompanied her husband on a number of overseas visits,” they said. Participants said that late Ms Bhutto had always been a fighter against tyranny. She fought the battle for the empowerment of the people in the streets against dictatorship. “She had been proud of Pakistanis by representing her country at various international forums and her contribution as the chairperson of the Red Crescent had gone a long way in improving the country’s image. She had also received various international awards for her immense contribution to the greatest good of the largest number especially workers, women and children. Munir Ahmed, director DEVCOM said that Ms Bhutto was the mother of democracy because she faced difficulties with patience and courage for the country’s progress and growth. Begum Nusrat Bhutto was a strong and brave woman and played a vital role in the restoration of democracy in the country. Her death is great loss for the country, he said.
He said her contribution for women empowerment, her role for development of society and political struggle for democracy under the dictatorial rule of General Ziaul Haq was praiseworthy, - and all she did in difficult hours. At the end, the participants offered Fatiha and prayed for the salvation of late Bhutto.