When Benazir Bhutto landed in USA on her first visit as PM, she stood out not just as a statesman but also a mother
21st June is one of the longest day of the year. It is also that day of the year when a great leader of Pakistan was born 58 years ago. Benazir Bhutto was a brave and dauntless leader. With her charisma, intelligence, wisdom, knowledge and compassion she was in many ways an ideal woman. Tested through fire, she never abandoned her ideals and belief in the freedom of humanity from tyranny.
In a male-dominated, Islamic society, she became the youngest chief executive of the country world and the first woman elected ruler of a Muslim country in modern history. She stood bravely against both the tyranny of terrorism as well as the tyranny of dictatorship. She has been martyred for her courage and pursuit of pursuit of freedom. She was an embodiment of courage and endurance who did not allow her personal tragedies to stand in the way of her larger commitment towards her people. From getting the best of education, being a great leader to a conscientious mother, Benazir has done it all. She fought for democracy until death. She worked selflessly for the Federation of Pakistan and gave the supreme sacrifice for the people and their democratic rights and giving up her life so that the torch of freedom could burn in the night of dictatorship.
She spread knowledge by building colleges and universities, especially of professional studies and vocational training. She opened the way for the middle classes to develop and prosper in the fields of medicine, engineering, law and other specialist studies.
She had also fought for women’s health, social and discrimination issues. She had plans to set up police stations of women, banks and also courts. She was in the forefront to form the council of women world leaders. As a politician, daughter, sister, wife and mother, she fulfilled her responsibilities to the best of imaginable capabilities. She was a Benazir in every manner, thus being an icon to many women the world over especially Muslim women.
She was against violence on woman. Traditionally, Muslim women are stuck to household cores and would not venture outside. But Benazir’s zest for life, her charisma was so good that she became a role model to many. she was a woman of honor who gave honor and raised the honor of her country and the people and gave the identity to them.
She was a heartthrob of millions of people and continues to rule their hearts and minds.
Her entire life is a role model not only for the people of Pakistan but also the world.
She may not be physically with us today but her ideals and vision continue to enlighten our path.
Her intelligence and charm has an everlasting print in everybody’s mind. She will live forever in the annals of history. She is a fine example for young people to emulate as they build independent lives and take our society forward in this still young century. She is a shining example inspiring generations of Pakistanis, Asians and Muslims to reach the heights of greatness by dedicating their lives selflessly to their country, to their people and to the pristine values of justice, equality and freedom in this still young century”.
She was a role model for young generation. She had a great faith in the youth of Pakistan always encouraging the youngsters to do their best. In one speech she said:
I appeal to the youth of Pakistan to come forward and unite for the restoration of democracy and constitutional rule.
I have great faith in the youth of Pakistan. I know the youth will redeem my faith in them.
You, the Youth, are our successor generation. To you we pass the torch of leadership, our democratic vision baptized in the sacred blood of our Martyrs.
Dear students, Dear youth, fight what you believe in. Fight for Democracy. Fight for our exploited and impoverished people.
Remember: it is better to live like a lion for one day — than live like a jackal for a thousand years.
Today her courageous outlook has set an example for future generations. We do not have many parallels in history to her life. Today she is a shining example inspiring generations of Pakistanis, Asians and Muslims. Mere words are insufficient to pay tribute to a leader who lived and died solely for her nation and its people.