ISLAMABAD: Former President Asif Ail Zardari paying glowing tributes to Maadar-e-Jamhooriyat, late Begum Nusrat Bhutto on her second death anniversary said that she was a courageous woman who stood firm despite unspeakable personal tragedies in the course of democratic struggle.
“Begum Sahiba was a national asset who personally led from the front a heroic struggle for the restoration of democracy in the country,” the former president said in his message on the occasion of the second anniversary of Begum Nusrat Bhutto.
Seldom before a woman was so victimised and brutalised in the course of democratic struggle as was the Maadar-e-Jamhooriat, he said adding that the scars of brutalisation that she wore on her mind and body would continue to shine as glittering medallions inspiring generations to come to struggle for lofty democratic ideals.
The former president said the transition witnessed this year for the first time in the country from one democracy to another is indeed a monument to her relentless struggle. “It is irony of fate, typical of the heroic Bhuttos, that when the moment of democratic triumph came she was not around to bask in its glory,” he added.
Zardari said Begum Sahiba was a great woman in many ways as she was not only the spouse of Pakistan’s first directly elected prime minister and mother of twice elected and the Muslim World’s first directly elected woman-premier but also a woman leader who herself led the struggle for democracy and emancipation from the front. “At the time of Independence, she provided solace and comfort to the stream of refugees pouring into Pakistan with little or no resources,” he said.
“For her elegance, grace and courage she will be long remembered as she continues to inspire generations of party workers and democrats and lift them to higher goals in life,’ he added.
The former president said, “On the occasion of her second death anniversary while we pay her homage, let us also rededicate ourselves to the principles for which the Begum Sahiba struggled all her life and suffered so much.”Nusrat Bhutto died on October 23, 2011 in Dubai as she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.