Bhutto’s 77th Birthday Celebrated in California
By Dr Shakil A. Rai Corona California:

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s 77th birthday was celebrated by the leaders and workers of Pakistan Peoples Party, West Coast Branch USA, in Corona on January 16. The event organized by Mr. Farhan Shafiq, was celebrated at the newly opened office of the party. Speaking on the occasion chief guest Mr. Rashid Ghaznavi, Vice President Pakistan Peoples Party USA, highlighted the services and sacrifices of Mr. Bhutto in the service of Pakistan and its masses. If Pakistan is a proud nuclear power today it is because of the vision of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

He gave the first unanimously adopted constitution of to the country which, despite violations of its sanctity, continues to hold the country together and provides the basic law of the land. Mr. Sani Panhwar of the Sindh Association of North America (SANA) and a prominent local PPP leader stressed the need for restoration of real democracy as envisioned under the supreme law of the land. He called for representation of all political forces in the democratic process, return of all political leaders to Pakistan without fear of persecution, and restoration of provincial autonomy according to the Constitution 0f 1973.

Other speakers recalled the services of late ZA Bhutto who stood for the rights of the dispossessed, organized the 2nd Islamic Summit, endeavored to unite the Third World leadership, and built an impregnable defense of Pakistan by starting its nuclear program despite all opposition. Speakers also called for the restoration of the 1973 Constitution in its original form to guarantee the supremacy of the parliament and the rule of law. The celebrations started with Tilawat-e-Qur’an-e-Paak, followed by tributes to the founding father of the Peoples Party. Prominent among the speakers were: Mr. Adnan Shafiq, Mr. Rashid Ghaznavi, Mr. Farhan Shafiq, Mr. Nazir Bhurgri, Mr. Sohail Parekh, Mr. Taufiq Shah, Mr. Rehan Shafiq, Mr. Khalid Fareed, Dr. Khalid Memon, and Mr. Farooq.


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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