LARKANA: The 31st death anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB), former prime minister and founder of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was observed with great fervour and solemnity on Sunday.
The PPP and PPP-Shaheed Bhutto (SB) arranged functions separately to commemorate the death anniversary. Quran khawani’s were held in every corner of the country to pray for the departed soul of ZAB. People from all walks of life paid rich tributes to the former prime minister for his services to the nation and long life struggle for the promotion of democracy. The main function in this regard was held at Bhutto’s mausoleum at Garhi Khuda Buksh Bhutto, where Quran Khawani was also held throughout the day. PPP leaders including President Asif Ali Zardari, Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, Senate Chairman Farooq H Naek, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar and others visited the ZAB’s mausoleum to lay floral wreaths and offer fateha. PPP leaders from all over the country including Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and FATA also participated in the functions, which were held to mark the occasion. PPP senators, members of national assembly, members of provincial assemblies, PPP central executive committee (CEC) and federal council (FC) members also paid their tributes to ZAB.
Caravans and rallies of PPP workers continued to reach and leave Garhi Khuda Buksh Bhutto and the place remained jam-packed with people all the day. A ‘mushaira’ was also held on the occasion in which prominent poets from all over the country paid rich tributes to the former prime minister. Following the tradition, a joint meeting of the PPP CEC and FC was held, which was chaired by PPP Co-chairman President Asif Ali Zardari. Participants of the meeting hailed ZAB’s services to the nation and democracy and expressed their full confidence in the leadership of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The overall political situation of the country and matters relating to the party functioning were also discussed in the meeting. Rich tributes were also paid to former PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto for sacrificing her life only to achieve the rights of the downtrodden and to strengthen the democratic system in the country in order to provide the poor masses basic facilities under her party manifesto including the provision of employment, education, energy, environment and improvement of economy of the country in the national interest. Peoples Doctors Forum (PDF) Larkana district and District Health Department Larkana also established free medical camps to provide medical assistance to the participants of the death anniversary at Garhi Khuda Buksh Bhutto.
On this occasion a documentary film on the life of ZAB was also shown, which included his highly charged speeches at the UN. Strict security arrangements were in place to avoid any untoward incident