The 68th birthday of the first woman Prime Minister of the Muslim world, Benazir Bhutto, is being celebrated today (Monday).
Several events will be held for the the celebration in different cities, including Karachi.
PPP Chairperson and the former PM’s son Bilawal Bhutto will cut a birthday cake for Benazir in the Sindh Assembly today.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, said in a video message on Benazir Bhutto’s birthday on Twitter, that she restored democracy in the country by sacrificing her life.
On the 68th birthday of Shaheed Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, we remember her inimitable leadership, her incomparable sacrifice. As we honour her memory, let us also #GetVaccinated to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and all Pakistanis safe. #SalaamBenazir pic.twitter.com/59jLFwC2Mp
— Murad Ali Shah (@MuradAliShahPPP) June 20, 2021
The Sindh CM said that Benazir had started vaccinating children in Pakistan’s campaign against polio herself, urging people to get vaccinated against coronavirus to pay homage to the former PM.
Poets from Pakistan, India, Europe, USA, Canada, Middle East and other countries paid homage to Benazir at an event titled ‘Dukhtar-e-Mashriq Ka Jashn-e-Benazir (Celebration of the Daughter of the East Benazir)’ in Brussels.
It was hosted by the PPP-International Conferences and Seminars Forum, PPP Gulf Middle East and Bazm-e-Naz International.
The mushaira was presided over by renowned poet and playwright Tanveer Anjum. The chief guest was human rights scholar Anis Haroon and it was moderated by Dubai-based poet and host Ayesha Sheikh Aashi.
Other prominent poets who participated included human rights activist Attiya Daud, Tasneem Abidi from Houston, USA, Dr Sarwat Zahra from Dubai, Tasneem Jowhar from Hyderabad Deccan, India, Dr Ishrat Mooin Seema from Berlin, Germany, Dr Hina Ambereen Tariq from Canada, Hina Abbas from Aligarh, India, Kulsoom Zaib and Ashbar Jadoon from Peshawar, Samia Naz Malik from Faisalabad and others.
This was reportedly the first all-women global online mushaira. The poets said Benazir was a role model for women. She is a martyr and will remain in our hearts forever, they added.