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Published Date: Nov 1, 2011

NUSRAT BHUTTO, SYMBOL OF COURAGE: KAIRA

Information Secretary of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that ‘mother of democracy’ Nusrat Bhutto was martyred as cause of her demise was not physical.

He said this during a condolence reference in memory of Begum Nusrat Bhutto organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), here on Monday.      Kaira said that actually she lost her life due to damages in her head caused by atrocities on PPP workers including her in Qaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

Due to head injury, she received during ruthless baton charge in the regime of dictator Zia-ul-Haq , Nusrat Bhutto. He said that she first firmly stood behind Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto against General Ayub Khan for the rights of workers, laborers, poor and women of Pakistan.

Later on, she faced the state might while facing the ever vicious dictator of country’s history. “If someone wants to learn sacrifice, courage, patience, and struggle he should read the life history of Begum Bhutto” he added.

He said that once the state was out to exterminate PPP with full strength but she stood unchallenged by taking the plea that the murder of ZAB was not the killing of a person alone but an effort to kill the ideology of progress, humanity, and principles.   He said that PPP workers were beaten, whipped, jailed, exiled but never gave up due to leadership of Nusrat Bhutto in post-Bhutto phase and she also established women wing in PPP.

“Had Nusrat Bhutto not been there the PPP would have either been broken into pieces or had taken the path of violence” he maintained. He said that no women in the recent of human history have faced such state brutalities, victimization and use of force as the way she suffered physical and mental tortures, murders of husband and two sons and daughter, cases, false propaganda and much more. He urged that PPP would compile a book on her.   Farahnaz Ispahani, PPP MNA Senator Tahir Mashhadi and Ahmad Saleem also paid rich tribute to Begum Nusrat Bhutto.

Paying rich tribute and homage to Madar-e-Jamhooriat, Begum Nusrat Bhutto, the speakers and participants, said that Nusrat Bhutto was one of the greatest women the country has ever produced and the country and nation are now poorer without her.   Farahnaz Ispahani said that Begum Nusrat Bhutto will be recalled as the mother of democracy whenever the great ladies of history will be remembered. Begum Nusrat Bhutto, she said, hoisted the flag of democracy, stood like a wall before ruthless dictators, suffered both physically and emotionally the continuous onslaught of her adversaries, so we could all breathe freely in open environment. She sacrificed her whole family “so that our families could thrive and prosper”, she added.   She dubbed Nusrat Bhutto as ’the Iron Lady of Pakistan “, who was the backbone of movement for the restoration of democracy (MRD). She said that when we talk of reconciliation today, in fact, it was Nusrat Bhutto who pioneered it by bringing together the country’s political forces, even those who were adversaries of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, on the platform of MRD. She said that Begum Nusrat Bhutto will always be remembered as the “mother of democracy” who lit the torch of guidance for us and told us to be willing to surrender our wealth, comfort and even our lives.   Senator Tahir Mashhadi, on behalf MQM and its leadership, said that it is great honor for them to pay homage to one of the greatest woman the country ever has produced. He said that Begum Nusrat Bhutto was a dignified, faithful lady, courageous and an un-matched woman who told the people of Pakistan and world what courage means.   Ahmad Saleem, Senior Advisor SDPI, paid tributes to her political, legal and organizations struggle and contribution for the sake of people of Pakistan. He said that she took over the party leadership in extremely difficult times in the backdrop of most powerful dictator and stood firm against him.