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National Assembly pays homage to Mandela

The National Assembly on Friday adopted a unanimous resolution expressing grief over the demise of Nelson Mandela and the proceedings of the House were adjourned to pay homage to the great South African leader. The resolution was moved by Advisor to the Prime Minster on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

Sartaj said that Pakistani people shared the pain of South African people over the death of Mandela, a man who stood for the rights of the underprivileged and the oppressed not only in his own country, but the world over and was revered as an icon of true democracy. The resolution stated that Mandela was the person who stood for the rights, honour and dignity of the oppressed people. It said Pakistan had been at the forefront of international efforts to do away with the apartheid. "The people of Pakistan are proud to walk the last mile of democracy in South Africa. Nelson Mandela appreciated Pakistan's support and twice visited Islamabad, first in 1992 and then in May 1999. During his second visit Mandela addressed the joint sitting of Parliament and this House will always remember and honour him. He had a domino effect on the freedom movements the world over."

The resolution further said that Mandela would continue to live in the hearts and minds of the people of Pakistan for his special love and affection that he had for us. "Pakistan will always cherish his message that he conveyed in his inspiring speech here."

"This House wishes the people and government of South Africa courage and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss and ability to follow his message of compassion, human dignity, equality, freedom and democracy," The resolution stated.

Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai, on a point of order paid tributes to Mandela, saying that he was a role model for democracy and politics of reconciliation. They requested the chair to adjourn the proceedings of the House in honour of the great South African leader. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad also supported the opposition's demand and said it would send a good message to the democratic forces of the world. Later, Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbassi adjourned the proceedings in honour of the great South African leader.

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