ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party will celebrate the 46th founding day of the party today (November 30) by reiterating its commitment to the founding principles and framework for the emancipation of the people which lay at the basis when the party was founded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, party’s Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari said in a message today.
“The founding principles of the party, ‘Democracy is our politics’ and ‘All power to the people’, are ingrained in the consciousness of the people which will never be erased. Today we reiterate yet again that political change can only be brought about by the people through ballot and no one will be permitted to impose their political or ideological agenda through the bullet and the gun,” said Zardari. Born during the struggle against dictatorship, the Pakistan People’s Party is proud of its record of continuous struggle against civil and military dictatorship, he said.
The bespectacled widower of former party chairperson Benazir Bhutto said dictatorship rears its ugly head from time to time in different forms and appears in different manifestations, and militants and militancy seeking to impose their religious and sectarian ideology through force was a new form of dictatorship. “Our leader Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto laid down her life leading from the front the fight against this new threat to democracy.
Let us on this founding day vow to continue fight against militants and militancy – a fight in which thousands of our brave men and women from the valiant armed forces, the police, the law enforcement agencies and civilians have laid down their lives.”
Zardari said PPP’s mission is the “great mission of emancipation, of hope, of honour and respect, of a society free of poverty and of holding high the banner of human dignity for which the great Quaid-i-Awam gave his life. It was the PPP which led the resistance against dictatorships and gave the country a unanimous constitution, technological defence capability and a democratic culture. When the constitution was disfigured by dictatorships it was the PPP which three years ago led the political parties in forging a rare political consensus to restore the constitution.”
“The party’s momentous achievements were made possible by the enormous sacrifices made by the workers of the party for which they deserved the gratitude of all patriotic people. Just as no amount of terrorism by the state actors in the past could stop our workers from pursuit of their democratic beliefs, no amount of terrorism perpetrated now by non-state actors and militants will shake the belief in democratic values and culture of the workers of PPP and democratic political parties,” he said.
Source: Daily Times