Long awaited the people of Pakistan the return one of the most valued leaders in history of Pakistan but as it all was coming together, the tragic day of December 27th came around and this nation lost its greatest and most treasured asset.
Mohtaram Benazir Bhutto Shaheed continues to live in the hearts of millions and millions of Pakistanis in the country and abroad, while still being a symbol of peace and development. Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world that have seen a woman rise to such a high level and manage to take a special place in the hearts of so many people, but losing her on this very dreadful day will always hurt those that loved her more than anything else.
Few leaders has this world seen that people loved more than their lives and wealth and were ready to sacrifice it all for her, but some just could not see that smile on the faces of those people, glimmering with a new ray of hope whenever she would grace the television screen or motivate the masses with her astonishing charisma and powerful personality.
She was the woman who would sit in a boardroom full of generals and seasoned politicians and have them in her grasp. She was the woman that defeated Zia-ul-Haq and freed the country of his cruel hold that resulted in the extra judicial killing of not only her father, Quaid-e-Awam Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, but also many Pakistanis that were not willing to compromise on democracy for dictatorship. She defeated Prevez Musharraf, forcing him to relinquish his position as Chief of Army Staff before the 2008 General Elections, ultimately carrying her party forward to win majority in the centre and provinces.
Benazir Bhutto conquered the stage at every platform and exceeded expectations, but it was a handful of men that could not bear the idea of having a woman, higher than them at every level, stand in the way of their thirst for unjust power and control. They fulfilled their wish of getting rid of the this nation’s leader that held together the four provinces but failed in eliminating her vision, her ideology and her mission of giving the poor people of Pakistan a voice of their own through a democratic setup and stakes in public institutions.
It has now been five years since Pakistan lost Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, but this nation has gained from her policy of reconciliation and the patience of President Asif Ali Zardari and is now seeing its first transition of power after the completion of the first democratic system in history.
Much is yet to be accomplished and even more to be achieved but her guidance and ideology is alive and well for generations to come as Pakistan enters a new era of democracy and progress and the philosophy behind ‘Jeay Bhutto’ grows stronger with each and every passing day.