Benazir Bhutto being remembered on 12th death anniversary today.


Former prime minister late Benazir Bhutto is being remembered on her 12th death anniversary today.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will hold a jalsa in Liaquat Bagh, where the former prime minister was assassinated in a gun and bomb attack in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007.

Benazir took oath as the first female prime minister of Pakistan on December 2, 1988. She was also the first woman to lead a Muslim state and twice served as the prime minister of Pakistan.

The Sindh government has announced a public holiday on account of the death anniversary of the former premier.

On Thursday the Lahore High Court's (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench allowed the PPP to hold a jalsa at the historic venue of Liaquat Bagh to mark Benazir's death anniversary. Initially, the district administration had refused to give permission to PPP for holding the rally, citing security concerns.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in his message to mark the 12th death anniversary of Benazir said the people of Pakistan would never forget their brave leader, who sacrificed everything for the country and for the rights of its downtrodden and barefoot masses.

He added that as a young daughter whose father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hanged, she fought bravely for the ideals her father embraced the gallows for.

'She led the followers of prime minister Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto into an untiring struggle against the brutal tyrant in shape of Zia. She suffered solitary confinement, imprisonments and forced exiles while fighting for restoration of democracy,' said Bilawal.

The PPP chairman pointed out that Benazir defeated the dictatorship and was given power under compulsion after its remnants failed to completely hijack the 1988 general elections. He added that programmes covering health, education, poverty eradication, women development and defence, she launched, put the country onto the path...

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