Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had a unique personality. She was truly a public leader and the most unique thing about Benazir Bhutto was that she became a symbol of struggle and movement. Despite all the conspiracies she faced during her life she never give up and did not back down from her goal.

 

She did politics not for the sake of power but for the welfare of the people. She spent her whole life on the restoration of democracy in Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto wants to empower women and had taken many revolutionary steps in this regard.

 

There is no doubt that she wanted democracy to be flourished in the country so that people could have power and Pakistan could have a rule of law and strong democracy. The provincial minister for Universities and Boards Muhammad Ismail Rahoo expressed these views while addressing a seminar on ‘the visionary leadership dynamic governance and services for the people of Pakistan: A tribute to the first lady prime minister of Islamic World, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’ on Friday.

 

The SMBB Chair of the University of Karachi organized the seminar at the Auditorium of the Karachi University Business School. It was organized in connection to the 14th death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto.

 

The speakers observed that Benazir Bhutto was the dominant figure of Pakistani politics and had a vision about the progress and development of the country and its people.

 

The KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi said that the visionary leader is one who empowers people. There are three visionary leaders in Pakistan to date, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and Benazir Bhutto.

 

He mentioned that all these leaders believed that the future lies in adherence to the constitution, protection of minorities, and women empowerment. He said that the personalities are mortal, but their ideology and work for the betterment of society always leave behind a mark.

 

The KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi shared that there is a lot of talk about minorities in Pakistan but hardly any of you know that the ministry of minorities was started during the time of Benazir Bhutto.

 

He informed the audience that earlier there was no ministry for minorities in Pakistan. He added that similarly, there was no ministry for women’s rights and it was established during the time of Bibi Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. “Pakistan cannot develop unless true democracy is established because only through democracy the provision of rights to all sections of society can be ensured.”

 

Meanwhile, the Dean Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Director Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair Professor Dr Nusrat Idrees said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was a democratic-minded leader, the reason being that she saw the politics of her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

 

She said that Benazir Bhutto wanted to take Pakistan forward. She is a role model for Pakistani women as well as for the whole world. Benazir Bhutto fought for the survival of democracy till her martyrdom. She wanted to give equal rights to everyone in society and talked about it on every platform.

 

Member Advisory Committee Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair Karachi University Professor ND Khan while recalling the memories shared that all the political training of Benazir Bhutto was done by her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and he trained his beloved daughter for this country.

 

He said that he was among those few people who asked Benazir Bhutto to delay her return in 2007 as he among few others feared that her life would be in danger if she returns to the country before the general elections.

 

On this occasion, the member Syndicate Karachi University Sahibzada Moazzam Qureshi said that the services of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto for Pakistan are not hidden from anyone, her services are visible in different walks of life. Benazir Bhutto is a well-known personality not only in Pakistan but also around the world. Her services for the restoration of true democracy in Pakistan are unforgettable.

 

The member Sindh Assembly and member Syndicate Karachi University Sadia Javed said that Shaheed Benazir Bhutto was the first Muslim woman prime minister who proved that women all over the world are no less than anyone.

 

The Director Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai Chair University of Karachi Professor Saleem Memon said that martyrdom is inherited by the Bhutto family, the martyrdom of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Shahnawaz Bhutto, Mir Murtaza Bhutto, and then Benazir Bhutto is a part of this link and this is Bhuttoism. Benazir Bhutto was a seasoned politician and a brave and courageous woman.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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