1988 is one of the most significant years of my life. I got married in August and exactly a week later General Zia ul-Haq died in a plane crash; in September that year Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto gave birth to her first baby Bilawal Bhutto; in November Pakistan People’s Party won the elections. August onwards was incredible that year.
It was a day of triumph, marking the conclusion of eleven years of struggle. In the end good always prevails over evil. I had assured my father Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to continue the fight for democracy in my last meeting with him in his prison cell, said Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.
On December 2, 1988, it was a perfect sunny day when Benazir Bhutto became the first Muslim woman and the youngest Prime Minister. She entered the President House, dressed in green silk, head covered with a white debate which became her signature later. Most of the people present at the oath taking ceremony were arrested, persecuted and tortured by the State machinery for eleven long years; they were considered as enemies of the State. Some of them had suffered indescribable tortures, endured lashings and electric shocks, while kept in suffocating cells of the Lahore Fort. My own relations were arrested and sentenced for years just because they were die hard supporters of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
Despite the hurdles and formation of the Islamic Democratic Alliance against PPP before the elections, will of the people of Pakistan prevailed and all those who opposed PPP witnessed Benazir Bhutto taking oath as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The approximation of being Prime Minister has never held any glamour for me. What truly excites me is the idea of fulfilling the dreams of the PPP and the people.
White colour in the flag of Pakistan represents minorities and by wearing dupatta on her head, she gave respect and unconditional backing to the minorities of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Her children are building her a proud mother by following her footsteps.
In February, 2016 marriage laws for Hindus in Sindh were codified first time in the history of Pakistan. The bride and groom cannot be less than 18 years. Zoroastrians and Sikhs are able to register their unions under the same law. Bilawal praised the culture of harmony in Sindh while attending the event of Holi in Umerkot.
In February this year when Mr Irfan UllahMarwat announced to join the Pakistan People’s Party, Bibi’s daughters came to the deliverance and showed their disagreement. In 1991 Mohtarma lead her party in an unprecedented walkout from President Ghulam Ishaq’s ceremonial address to a session of Parliament condemning Mr Irfan UllahMarwat. After nearly 26 years, her daughters stood for her principles.
A reminder for those who are leaving the party now, Mohtarma once said;
“All ministers who betrayed us, people who made hay while the sun was shining. I decided I didn’t want such men around me, ever.”
(Thank you Maleeha Manzoor for sharing this quote of Benazir Bhutto)
I would like to wish you a happy birthday Bibi, your children are proud of your training and they are proving to be good human beings.