Benazir’s monument to be built at Liaquat Bagh before December

Rawalpindi: A memorial commemorating former Prime Minister and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Benazir Bhutto will be built at Liaquat Bagh before December.

Ms. Bhutto was assassinated  in a gun and bomb attack at Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007, as she was leaving a public meeting there.

PPP workers and leaders have made announcements to build the memorial at the site during the last 15 years.

Though the PPP is a collaboration partner in the province and at the national level, the project is the brainchild of Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Noorul Amin Mengal, and the Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation (RMC) will bear the cost to honor the services of the Muslim world’s first female prime minister.

RMC will include project funding in its budget, according to the commissioner.

“We started work on Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s memorial at Liaquat Bagh and have employed four private consultants and National College of Arts (NCA) students to present the design and plan after Eidul Azha,” the commissioner told Dawn.

The commissioner stated that private enterprises involved in constructing monuments in Lahore and other regions of the country would submit proposals. He said that he had solicited ideas from NCA students.

“To build the memorial, we would buy land from the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) and the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA).” He stated that the main structure would be built on Liaquat Road, and a smaller one would be built on Murree Road.

He stated that the primary goal of the monument was to send a message to tiny provinces that we were unified and honored all national heroes.

Concerning the project’s funding, the commissioner, who is also the administrator of Rawalpindi, stated that the RMC would shoulder the expense. RMC would allocate funding in this direction in its fiscal year 2022-23 budget.

“We intend to finish the project before December 27, so it can be inaugurated on Ms. Bhutto’s birthday.” “Because Benazir Bhutto was known as a symbol of unity of all regions of the federation, the project will showcase the cultures of four provinces and Azad Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

He stated that the condition of Liaquat Bagh would be improved in the coming days and that the Parks and Horticulture Authority had been instructed to develop a strategy in this regard.

It should be noted that during the previous PPP and PML-N administrations, PPP leaders such as former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and former Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah declared plans to build a library and a monument at the location to honor Ms. Bhutto.