Benazir Bhutto remembered on 12th anniversary of tragedy.


Byline: Mahmood Sham

KARACHI -- Benazir Bhutto was not only the first woman prime minister of Pakistan, but also the first woman leader of any Muslim country. She represented the country with immense potential and always worked hard for Pakistan's development and success.

She was elected prime minister of Pakistan twice and she was assassinated when people were set to elect her to power once again, says Pakistan People's Party (PPP) senior leader Prof ND Khan on Friday.

Addressing a ceremony arranged by the University of Karachi to pay tribute to Benazir Bhutto at the Valika Cricket Ground of Karachi University, Prof Khan recalled that Benazir Bhutto was gunned downed at the same place where the first elected prime minister of Pakistan Liaquat Ali Khan was shot dead in 1951.

He observed that this is so unfortunate that 'we have not maintained the history of our leaders, we have not preserved their records and we do not have much details about political activities and personal lives of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Liaquat Ali Khan, ZA Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto in shape of books or documentaries.

Prof ND Khan asked the Benazir Bhutto Chair at the University of Karachi to do in-depth research on different aspects of Benazir Bhutto's life and share it with the masses. He urged people to do research on the leaders of Pakistan so that the young generation knows how much struggle those leaders did for development of Pakistan.

Another speaker, SZABIST Trust Secretary Dr Salman Ahmed Shaikh, shed light on Benazir Bhutto's vision and said she was the true role model for Pakistani women.

Seasoned journalist Mahmood Sham observed that December 27 is one of the blackest days in the history of the country. He said that Benazir Bhutto introduced the concept of reconciliation in the political culture and wanted to promote it but, unfortunately, she was assassinated at a public place.

The dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Karachi University, Prof Dr Nasreen Aslam Shah said that being the acting director of the Benazir Bhutto Chair she would use all...

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