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March 5, 2011

Sindh Assembly condemns Bhatti’s assassination


March 5, 2011

The Sindh Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on Friday to pay tributes to the slain federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti who was assassinated in Islamabad on March 2.
The resolution was moved by power minister Shazia Marri and was supported by MQM’s Izharul Hasan and Abdul Moeed Pirzada, PML-F’s Nusrat Abbasi and PPP’s Pitanber Sewani and Dr Sikandar Mandhro.
“This assembly strongly condemns the assassination of federal minister for minorities’ affairs Shahbaz Bhatti, a man of courage and a symbol of equality in Pakistan,” the resolution reads.
The assembly considered Bhatti’s assassination as yet another attack on the peace and progress of Pakistan.
Marri said the minorities had played a significant role in the development of the country. “The minorities, especially Christians, have contributed significantly in the fields of education and health.” Marri said late Bhatti had been following the Quaid-e-Azam’s vision of equality for all, irrespective of their religions. “Such murders will not deter us from pursuing the goal of liberal and progressive thinking.”
Wildlife minister Dr Daya Ram said Bhatti’s assassination was a conspiracy against Pakistan. “And Islam as well as the religion teaches peace and love and equality.”
Ram, the only minority MPA in the country elected from a general seat, said he got 47,000 votes from Muslims during last elections. “People of different religions have been living like brothers for centuries.”
Law minister Ayaz Soomro said such acts of terrorism keep investors away from Pakistan and impede development of the country.
Adviser to the Chief Minister Khwaja Izharul Hasan said certain elements were exploiting the poverty and misusing innocent people.
Minister for Local Government Agha Siraj Durrani called the murderers of Bhatti as cowards. “Shahbaz Bhatti followed the vision and line of Bhuttos,” he said, adding “whenever late Benazir Bhutto and Asif

Zardari visited abroad, Bhatti accompanied them.”
Nusrat Abbasi opined that such incidents tended to tarnish the image of Pakistan.
Labour minister Amir Nawab termed the federal minister’s murder a big tragedy, saying Bhatti was a good and humanitarian person.
PML-Q’s Shaharyar Mahar said reasons behind the murder needed to be ascertained in order to prevent such incidents from happening in future. He recalled that the Jang newspaper had carried a report on January 27, 2011, about a plot to kill Bhatti and wondered as to why adequate security had not been provided to the federal minister.
Pitanmber Sewani said the minister’s assassination was a great loss for minorities. He said minorities were the sons of soil and were committed to the country.
Humera Alwani, Dr Sikandar Mandhro, Shamim Ara, Hargun Das Ahuja, Bachal Shah, Shama Mithani and Farheen Mughal also paid tributes to Bhatti.
Earlier, the parliamentarians observed five-minute silence for the departed soul.
Chopping of girl’s nose: Aisha Khoso, on a point of order, drew attention of the house towards chopping of a girl’s nose in the Thula area of Jacobabad. She said such acts of violence should not be tolerated at all and called for giving exemplary punishment to the culprits.
Ayaz Soomro said the suspect had been arrested and would be dealt as per the law. He said he would present a report on the case before the house. Soomro asked Khoso to exercise her influence and persuade the witnesses to provide evidence before the court.

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