ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said parliamentarians are the precious asset of Pakistan’s democratic and constitutional struggle and the nation is proud of them.
“These are parliamentarians whose efforts and sacrifices have protected the right of expression and the sanctity of speech in the beloved country,” the president said during his address to the Convention of Parliamentarians held in occasion of the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the 1st Constituent Assembly in the National Assembly. Meeting room on Saturday.
He said Parliament is the sole source of all power and authority in the county. He said that this Chamber is also the source of all power. He also said that authority and law come from this house. He also said that the institutions are created by this house and the decision of this honorable house is the last word in the affairs of the state.
He said that the State has entrusted the duty of being a mother to this House and that the holiness, honor and respect of the mother is a duty for all of us. He said that this house has witnessed the faces of the creators of the Unanimous Constitution of 1973. This Constitution is the chain of integrity, unity and development of the Federation of Pakistan.
“It is the constitution that the great scholars of their time Maulana Mufti Mehmood, Abdul Wali Khan, Noor Ul Amin, Sher Baz Mazari, Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani, Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan, Professor Ghafoor Ahmed, Dr Abdul Hai Baloch and leaders of all political schools of thought including Sardar Shaukat Hayat, leaders outside the assembly including democracy leaders Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan, Ghous Bakhsh Bizenjo and Abdul Samad Achakzai had support and patronage wholeheartedly for the development of this constitution,” he said.
The President said that we must be the voice of the people, nobles, workers, farmers, traders, non-Muslim Pakistanis, women, youth and our innocent children, the practical defenders and guarantors of their rights . He said that we should no longer be limited to legislation, but should exercise the right to public representation by effectively using our main function of parliamentary oversight.
He said that thirty-five years ago today, the country’s renowned artist, Saeed Akhtar, was given the task of creating a portrait of the Quaid-e-Azam for the first directly elected Legislative Chamber. . He said that under the shadow of the work of Saeed Akhtar, the first directly elected Assembly not only took the oath but also drafted the constitution; the first elected Prime Minister Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Muhammad Khan Junejo were also sworn in under the same photo during the assemblies in 1977 and 1985. He informed that when this new house was built in 1986, this image remained in the building of the State Bank itself, which was later destroyed due to the events of the time. He said that the National Assembly Secretariat had been struggling to get this photo for 12 years, which finally succeeded after he became president and under his personal supervision, this photo was restored not only with the advice of Saeed Akhtar but finally after thirty five years. . He said the original image has been re-posted in this prized home. He was specially invited to the convention today to recognize his service, he said.
Former and current parliamentarians, prominent politicians, political party leaders and women parliamentarians attended the convention.
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