KARACHI: The 13th anniversary of the deadly Karsaz tragedy is being observed on Sunday.
On 18 October 2007, about 180 people were killed as blasts rocked a rally held to accord a warm welcome to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Benazir Bhutto in Karachi.
Former President of Pakistan and Co-Chairman of PPP Asif Ali Zardari paid rich tributes to the victims of the Karsaz tragedy.
In a statement, he said that these martyrs paid supreme sacrifices for the constitution, democracy and all-powerful Parliaments and thus wrote a golden chapter in the political history.
Such steadfast and dedicated workers are the asset of PPP who sacrificed their lives protecting the life of their leader Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Zardari added.
He said they had put their lives on the line, adding that the cause and mission for which great leader had treaded difficult path will be completed at every cost.
Meanwhile, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of Karsaz carnage.
In a message on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the barbaric attack on democracy-loving people’s reception, the PPP Chairman said his Party workers embraced martyrdom for the restoration of democracy, the supremacy of the Constitution and elected Parliament, protection of basic human rights of the masses.
“This struggle still continues despite umpteenth sacrifices in the form of falling victims to terrorist attacks, fabricated cases, arbitrary arrests and now facing open threats from the puppet selected Prime Minister,” he added.
Bilawal said that all the democratic political parties and their leadership would be gathering in Karachi tomorrow to pay tribute to their supreme sacrifices of laying down lives for the cause of democracy during the battle against the dictatorship.
He said, “Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) is an alliance of all the democratic political parties to get rid of all the evils associated with the destruction of democracy, economy and foreign policy”.
“It is time to end the self-centered game of selectors and the selected and empower the electors (people) and the elected (people’s representatives) to save the country and its people from further havoc,” Bilawal added.
PPP Chairman pledged that PPP would always remember its martyrs as a source of inspiration for the democratic workers.