PPP's struggle for democracy to go on: Zardari
A file photo of former president Asif Ali Zardari.
The narrative of parliamentary supremacy will triumph at last, the PPP leader said in a message on the eve of 44th anniversary of the toppling over of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's elected government by Gen Ziaul Haq on July 5, 1977. He paid tribute to his party people who laid their lives for the sake of democracy.
His message continued: "The wound marks of July 5, 1977 martial law have not vanished. Dictators die but their doctrine never dies. The faces of dictators change. The history does not forget them.
“Benazir Bhutto (Shaheed) beat the dictators by ballot twice,” he recalled and vowed to continue her mission.
The 18th Armament is a democratic revenge from the dictators, he stressed adding that the 1973 Constitution guarantees autonomy to the federating units.
Last year, the former president warned against any effort to undo the 18th Amendment, saying such a move will be an attack on the federation.
The PPP leader said that all the institutions in the country must respect the parliament. “Parliament is the supreme institution and it is the constitutional duty of each and every institution to respect it.”
The PPP has been observing July 5 a black day since 1977 when Gen Zia overtook ZAB-led government.