Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair of the University of Karachi (UoK) organized a seminar on the 15th death anniversary of the first female prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto at the Arts Auditorium on Thursday.

Provincial Minister for Universities and Boards Mohammad Ismail Rahoo during his address said that Benazir Bhutto was not interested in getting power, not for political benefits but she wants it to do welfare of the people of this country, and for the restoration of democracy and the rule of law.

He expressed that Benazir Bhutto is still alive in the hearts of people because she made public service her motto. He mentioned that there are different aspects of Benazir Bhutto’s life, and we need to do research on her life and personality and added that he hoped that the Benazir Bhutto Chair of the University of Karachi will conduct research on her and promote her personality by publishing research papers and journals on her political career and her image in public and her services for the democracy in Pakistan.

Another speaker, General Secretary of Pakistan People’s Party Sindh Senator Syed Waqar Mehdi said that the way Benazir Bhutto bravely faced the dictatorship is unprecedented. He observed that democracy cannot flourish in this country until impartial, transparent, and fair elections are held and there is a long history of the struggle of the Pakistan People’s Party to hold transparent and fair elections in the country.

Meanwhile, provincial minister for Women’s Development Syeda Shehla Raza said that Benazir Bhutto was a great visionary leader who is an inspiring torchbearer for women not only in Pakistan but all over the world.

She observed that Benazir Bhutto had learned a lot from the politics of her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and carries forward his philosophy. Syeda Shehla Raza shared that Benazir Bhutto had taken practical steps to empower women on women’s issues, and she created First Women Bank, which is a quality institution, which provides financial support and empowerment to women.

Member Advisory Committee KU SMBBC Professor ND Khan said that when Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan after the exile, she was repeatedly told that her life was in danger, but she did not care for the love of the country. He mentioned that Benazir Bhutto was a role model for Pakistani women, and her entire life is a role model not only for the people of Pakistan but also for the whole world. He said that she kept fighting for the survival of democracy till her death.

On this occasion, the KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi said that there are many leaders who become a part of history while there are some leaders who make history and Benazir Bhutto is counted among the personalities who made history.

He mentioned that personalities are mortal, they have to leave one day, but their thoughts remain alive and they take masses from the darkness to the future. He mentioned that Benazir Bhutto’s services for Pakistan are not hidden from anyone, her services are visible in various fields of life.

The Dean Faculty of Arts and Social Science Professor Dr Nusrat Idress, the Director of KU SMBBC Muhammad Ibrahim Shaikh, and others also spoke on this occasion.

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