Karachi: Sindh Labour and Human Resources Minister, Saeed Ghani, has said that the lifelong political struggle and sacrifices rendered by the late Benazir Bhutto even surpassed the movement of his father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto for the oppressed communities in the country.
The Sindh Labour Minister stated this on Wednesday while speaking at a seminar organised by Shaheed Benazir Butto Chair of the University of Karachi to mark International Women’s Day.
Ghani recalled on the occasion that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had founded Pakistan People’s Party in 1967 and in 1979 Bhutto had been hanged to commit his judicial murder. Whereas the political struggle of Benazir Bhutto had spanned near about 30 years, he said that.
He told the audience at the seminar that Benazir Bhutto had remained in power for nearly four-and-half years while she had continued her political struggle for 25 years.
He mentioned that Benazir had been imprisoned; her two brothers had been murdered, while his husband had also been jailed.
Ghani said that Benazir had become the first woman prime minister of the Islamic world as this unique honour could never be taken back until the existence of the world.
He said that apart from Benazir Bhutto there were a few other ladies who had performed a significant role in the history of Pakistan as Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah and Begum Raana Liaquat Ali Khan were two such women.
The Sindh Labour Minister said that Benazir Bhutto was a daring lady as she in total disregard for her life, the very next day after the Karsaz bombing of October 18, 2007, had gone to Lyari to meet the bereaved families of the workers who had lost their lives in the terrorist incident. Benazir Bhutto had also visited the hospital to inquire about the health of injured supporters of his party.
Ghani said that in 2007 when Benazir had been returning to Pakistan after ending her exile she was so sure about her martyrdom that she had written her will before starting her journey.
He recalled that before returning to Pakistan in 2007 Benazir Bhutto had informed an Indian journalist that she was going to her native land as her countrymen needed her amid frequent terrorist incidents in Pakistan.
He said that the bravery and struggle of Benazir Bhutto were unprecedented in recent history, as she had emerged as a role model not just for women in Pakistan but also for the global female population. He said that the establishment had no role in Benazir Bhutto’s ascent to the premiership, as she had become the prime minister after her struggle against the establishment in the country.