59th Birthday of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed
On the occasion of 59th Birthday of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, held at Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Karachi on June 21, 2012, Mr. Farhad Zaidi said in his keynote, that Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was a very courageous lady, who faced the brutalities of armed dictatorship very boldly. He further said that despite the murder of her father, she forgave those who did wrong to her and Bhutto family. The unnatural death of her brothers Mir Murtaza Bhutto and Shahnawaz Bhutto did not dampen her will to rise against anti-democratic forces. She was bent against extremism and firmly worked to bring change in the social status of unprivileged and deprived segment of society, especially religious minorities and women. Benazir Bhutto also liberalized the media policy and allowed freedom of speech in the country.
Dr. Amanat Ali Jalbani (Vice President SZABIST - Academics) said that Mohtarma wanted a liberal, progressive and prosperous Pakistan, that has global respect and honor. During both her tenures as the Prime Minister of Pakistan - despite very brief and short tenures - she kept on trying to achieve that vision. She was against extremists and terrorism, therefore putting a strong resistance against all those forces who wanted to spoil the soft image of Pakistan. Which sadly led to her becoming the target of those terrorist elements.
Dr. Saqib Rizavi, (President SZABIST) presented flowers to the keynote speaker and also lit a candle in the memory of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed. Later after Mr. Farhad Zaidi cut a cake, Dr. Saqib thanked all guests on attending this event.