NA President Opens Parliament’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

ISLAMABAD – National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf inaugurated the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the first Constituent Assembly here at the National Assembly Hall yesterday.

In his inaugural address on this occasion, the President said that parliamentarians are the precious asset of Pakistan’s democratic and constitutional struggle and that the nation is proud of them. He said the efforts and sacrifices of parliamentarians have protected the right of expression and the sanctity of speech in the beloved country.

Former and current parliamentarians, prominent politicians, political party leaders and women parliamentarians attended the convention.

The former parliamentarians paid a vibrant tribute to the fight led by the founding father Quaid-e-Azam for the creation of Pakistan. They also appreciated former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who gave the country the 1973 Constitution.

Describing parliament as the mother of all institutions, former parliamentarians said elected representatives should uphold the rights of the poor.

The NA president said parliament is the sole source of all power and authority in the country. He said that authority and law come from this house. He also said that the institutions are created by this chamber and it has the final authority in the affairs of the state. He said this house has seen the faces of the authors of the 1973 Unanimous Constitution.

This Constitution is the chain of integrity, unity and development of the federation of Pakistan, and of 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, Sardar Shaukat Hayat; and leaders outside the assembly, including democracy leaders Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan, Ghous Bakhsh Bizenjo and Abdul Samad Achakzai, have given their full support and patronage to the drafting of this Constitution, he added .

The NA speaker said that this Constitution is now a sacred mission for us and that we must be the voice and practical guarantors of the rights of the people, nobles, workers, farmers, merchants, minorities and defenders . 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; former Prime Minister Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Muhammad Khan Junejo were also sworn in under the same photo during the 1977 and 1985 assemblies respectively. He said that Saeed Akhtar was specially invited to the convention today to recognize his services.

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