Pakistan still facing July 5, 1977
martial laws repercussions: Bilawal


KARACHI: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday said that July 5, 1977 will always be remembered as a black day in the history of Pakistan when the military rebellion under the leadership of dictator General Ziaul Haq made an impudent attack on the democratic aspirations of Pakistani people.

Bilawal said that on that fateful day – July 5 – the rebellion led by military dictator Zia had toppled the democratically elected government of late prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

It was Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who had united the broken nation of Pakistan after the fall of Dhaka. Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had united these broken people under the bonds of the democratic system and strong economic institutions.

Bilawal said that the democratically elected prime minister supervised the approval of the unanimously adopted constitution of Pakistan. Late Bhutto had laid the foundations of Pakistans macro-economy and gave the right of citizenship and passport to every Pakistani.

The elected leader had snatched the right of governance from some selected persons and devolved the power to the people and made them powerful, the PPP chairman said.

PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addresses at Nakyal (AJK)

He was of the view that July 5, 1977 martial law was the worst attack on the country’s history, the consequences of which Pakistan was still facing after the passage of several decades. The rebellion sowed the seeds of intolerance, extremism and terrorism in the country and let these negative notions seeped deep in our society.

Bilawal said that martyr ZAB had united the Muslim Ummah and led the Islamic world through his farsighted political acumen. He said late ZAB confronted two dictators and fought a battle for the rights of the people. He accepted gallows but refused to budge from his stance.

His daughter, martyr Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had fought bravely against the dictatorship after him, stated the PPP chairman. He said that ZABs followers and supporters were made subject to every kind of inhuman torture including lashes, solitary confinement and hanging.

He said the war was still going on between democratic and despotic forces. He stated that ZAB had warned that give the power to the people, otherwise everything would be destroyed.

Bilawal was of the opinion that these words were true even in todays conditions as we still were fighting for the survival of democracy in the country. He said ZAB was still alive while those who heaped pain and suffering on him, were part of the trash bin of the history piling curse on their heads for ages to come.

Address in Nakyal

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Monday took a jibe at the PTI-led government as well as PML-N’s regime in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and said that rulers —  whether they are in Muzaffarabad or in the federal government — are cowards.

Bilawal was addressing a rally in Nakyal, Azad Kashmir, as part of his party’s election campaign in the region.

Bilawal said that the PPP is the “only party in Pakistan which has the support of the poor masses,” adding that the PTI-government, as well as other parties, have “no reason to fear the PPP.”

“If you have to compete against us, then you should do it through the process of voting and election,” Bilawal said to the government and other rival parties.

Further criticising the PTI government, the PPP chairman said that Pakistan has been unlucky in the sense that it had a “puppet of a prime minister” imposed on it, adding that when India’s Modi attacks Kashmir, the Pakistani premier says he cannot do anything about it.

Bilawal, expressing his confidence, also said that the PPP will form a government in AJK with “the power of the vote.”

“The government and [rival parties] should know that the PPP has a young chairman,” he said. “You should compete with us on political grounds, but don’t try to fight PPP loyalists.”