Gilgit, November 30: The 44th Founding Day of Pakistan Peoples Party was observed today by party members and activists in different parts of Gilgit – Baltistan today.
Different gatherings were held to commemorate the day when Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and his comrades laid the foundation of Pakistan’s most popular political party. The party came into being during a time when self-proclaimed “Filed Martial”, General Ayub Khan, was ruling Pakistan with a iron hand.
Speakers at different gatherings highlighted the philosophy and ideologies of the founding father of PPP and resolved to carry his mission forward.
Governor Wazir Baig in his message said that all political reforms in Gilgit – Baltistan region have been introduced by the Pakistan Peoples Party. He also counted the abolition of FCR and the Chieftains’ rule from all parts of Gilgit – Baltistan as an achievement of Pakistan Peoples Party.
In Gilgit the Chief Minister and his cabinet members participated in a convention held to pay tribute to party leaders and workers. Gatherings were also held in Hunza, Skardu, Gahkuch, Ghanche and other parts of Gilgit – Baltistan region.
PPP continues facing a leadership crisis since the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, daughter of the party’s founder, and two times premier of Pakistan.
President Zardari’s role as co-chairman of the party has been criticized by his opponents as well as party stalwarts, like Safdar Abbasi and Naheed Khan. The opposition of Zardari has costed these two prominent leaders of PPP their party membership.
Oblivious to the harsh criticism of Zardari by segments of the society, the party leaders and workers in Gilgit – Baltistan expressed confidence in leadership of the party and expressed the willingness to work for the ideology.