Dictators should be punished even in their death: Zardari

Saturday, July 4, 2009 Leave a Comment

President Asif Ali Zardari has said that dictators should be punished even they were dead and buried.

In his message on the eve of 32nd anniversary of dismissal of the democratic government on July 5th, 1977, here on Saturday, he said July 5 would always be remembered as one of the darkest days in the history of the country that spawned tyranny, oppression and militancy on the one hand dismantled the Constitution and democratic institutions on the other.

According to Zardari, dictators needed to be punished even after they were dead and buried.
He said thirty-two years ago on this day a dictator forced the nation on a path of destruction. The judiciary was decimated, institutions were destroyed, fundamental rights usurped, people disenfranchised, women terrorized, minorities marginalized and innocent people were flogged and hanged.

Zardari said July 5th will be remembered as the day on which seeds of deadly Taliban and Al-Qaeda were sown by a dictator that first plunged the world into chaos and is now haunting Pakistan.

"To banish dictatorship from Pakistan for ever, the President said that we must banish forever their strategic partners in the shape of militants, extremists and religious zealots, we will" he endeavored.

"On this day my thoughts also go to those martyrs of democracy who suffered and sacrificed during that black period of our national history. They suffered so that the future generations may live in peace, honor and in freedom", he added.