Bhutto's Birthday Celebrated
in San Francisco
By Saleem Soomro
PPP enthusiasts celebrate the late Z.A.Bhutto ’s
birthday in San Francisco
PPP California and PPP Los
Angeles City celebrated the 77th birthday of the late PPP
Chairman Mr. ZA Bhutto at San Pablo, near San Francisco,
California. Mr. Saleem Soomro, Information Secretary PPP
California Chapter, thanked all participants who had come
from far off places like Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose,
Concord, Walnut Creek, and Yuba City etc.
Zahid Saif began the proceedings with a recitation from
the Holy Qur'an. He was followed by Mrs. Najma Bhutto, President
PPP California Chapter Ladies Wing, who urged that the celebration
be held on a modest scale in view of the devastation caused
in several Asian and African countries by the tsunami catastrophe.
Prayers for the deceased and their families were offered
on the occasion.. Advocate Chaudhry Akram, General Secretary
PPP California Chapter, spoke with great enthusiasm while
extolling the qualities of the late Z. A. Bhutto and his
services to the country.
Hashim Jaffery, president
PPP Los Angeles, started his address with the traditional
slogan of "Jeeay Bhutto." Mr. Bhutto was a leader of unique
qualities and our nation owes a lot to him, he said. Zahid
Saif, vice president PPP California, said Mr. ZA Bhutto
was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan who used to be
saluted by chief of Army staff. The practice stopped "after
his judicial killing: we want to make sure that in future
this will happen again," he said. Dr. Khwaja Ashraf described
the late ZA Bhutto as a shining political star of Pakistan.
Pakistan needed him and will always need a leader like him.
His biggest achievement was a unified constitution which
was signed and adopted by the combined parliament.
The constitution was instrumental in unifying Pakistan -
like an anchor to a ship. Mrs. Sabra Farooq recited poetry
to pay tributes to the PPP founder. Finally, Mr. Mr. K.B.
Bhutto, President PPP California, thanked all who had traveled
long distances in inclement weather to pay tribute to their
departed leader. He especially mentioned Mr. Hashim Jaffery
of PPP Los Angeles and his family members and Mr. Zahid
Hussain Tirmzi and his family for their high spirits. They
were not ruffled even when their car caught fire on way
to San Francisco. He paid his tributes to "our leader Chairman
ZA Bhutto" by reciting a popular verse " Jab tak sooraj
chand rahega, Bhutto tera naam rahega."
"It is not possible to sum up the countless good deeds of
ZA Bhutto in any time period. We all have gathered to salute
ZA Bhutto on his 77th birthday, for his guidance and enlightenment,
for the party and people of Pakistan. I am proud to have
been embraced by ZA Bhutto when I was a student. I have
also met with Begum Nusrat Bhutto who treated me like her
third son. Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto has the same leadership
qualities like her father - she never forgets her party
workers." At the end K.B. Bhutto urged all participants
to be united and "never to forget your mission." He concluded
his speech with the slogan "Jeeay Bhutto, jeeay prime minister
Benazir Bhutto, Jeeay Asif Ali Zardari" After the cake cutting
ceremony, a delicious dinner was served.