The Sindh government has issued a notification declaring April 4th as a public holiday across the province to mark the death anniversary of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
The notification read, “The government of Sindh is pleased to declare April 4, 2018, as a public holiday throughout the province of Sindh to mark the occasion of the 39th martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.”
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The holiday is declared on April 4th for all offices, autonomous, semi-autonomous businesses, corporations, bodies and local councils under the administrative control of Government of Sindh
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was born on Jan. 5, 1928, near Lārkāna, Sindh, India and he died on April 4, 1979, Rawalpindi, Pak. He was Pakistani statesman, served as President from 1971 to 1973 and served as a Prime Minister from 1973 to 1977. He was a highly popular leader among the masses. He was overthrown and executed by the military in 1979. Even today people do not the decision made by Bhutto’s execution. In his remembrance, Sindh has declared a holiday on April 4th, 2018.
Shab-e-Meraj is observed on 13th April. This year it will be a market on Friday and it will be an off in Sindh. Labors Day, Youm-e-Mazdoor is marked this year on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018. Other than this, holidays on Two Eids, 14th August, Muharram, Quaid Day, Christmas Day and Benazir Bhutto death anniversary will also be given.
Importance of the holiday on Bhutto’s anniversary
It is more of a tradition. People love Bhutto and feel that his execution was unfair and an unjust decision. But today we need people to work for the betterment of the country instead of just sitting idly home and enjoying a holiday. We need to learn from our history, learn the way Bhutto spoke without a fear of any soul, the way his speeches had an impact on people and then try to bring positivity and hope in our nation.