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Sindh Assembly pays tribute to Benazir for her struggle for democracy

Our Correspondent
Saturday, Jun 22, 2024

The Sindh Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a resolution to praise the political and national services of the late former prime minister and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Benazir Bhutto on the occasion of her 71st birthday.

The resolution was tabled by MPA and Sindh PPP President Nisar Ahmed Khuhro.

The session was chaired by Speaker Awais Qadir Shah. The resolution adopted by the House mentioned that the late Benazir was a champion for the cause of democratic dispensation in the country. It said that the late prime minister had impressed generations of countrymen due to her courage, vision and commitment to the people of Pakistan.

Pakistan moved toward peace, development and prosperity during her regime as the country’s first female prime minister, the resolution read.

The resolution praised Benazir’s services in education, healthcare, and women empowerment. It said Benazir’s mission stood for establishing a democratic system based on the principle of equality. It acknowledged her struggle against terrorism by promoting the causes of peace, tolerance and resolution of problems through dialogue.

The resolution said the democratic dispensation had been continuing in the country owing to the sacrifices and martyrdom of Benazir.

The Sindh Assembly reaffirmed its commitment to promoting Benazir’s vision for ensuring a progressive and prosperous Pakistan.

Speaking on his resolution, Khuhro mentioned that the former prime minister had laid down her life for the longevity of Pakistan. He said Benazir endured hardships during her imprisonment but remained steadfast in her commitment to the cause of reviving democracy in the country.

The Sindh PPP chief told the House that Benazir stood for the protection and supremacy of Parliament and Constitution. He said the PPP could never undermine the prestige of the parliament.

He recalled that the PPP in a past regime had opted to stay in Parliament despite having only 17 MNAs on the opposition benches in the National Assembly.

He also praised Benazir for her struggle for a democratic rule and facing military dictators.

The youngest daughter of Benazir, MNA Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, also came to the Sindh Assembly building to participate in a cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate her mother’s birthday.

Aseefa also witnessed the assembly proceedings for some time from the speaker’s gallery. The MPAs on the treasury benches welcomed her arrival by thumping of desks.

Various female PPP legislators also went to the speaker’s gallery to meet and greet Aseefa.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah welcomed Aseefa stating that she had come to the provincial assembly on the occasion of her mother’s birthday.

He recalled that Benazir Bhutto in her capacity as the prime minister had also visited the Sindh Assembly when his father Abdullah Shah was chairing a session as the speaker. He mentioned that Aseefa was recently elected an MNA from Nawabshah unopposed.