KARACHI: The first lady deputy speaker of National Assembly and seasoned politician Begum Ashraf Abbasi passed away on Sunday in Larkana. She was 89 years old.
Dr Abbasi is regarded as one of the close aides of Pakistan People’s Party founder leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and later Benazir Bhutto. She was first elected as MP from West Pakistan in 1962 and 1965.
In 1970, she was elected as MNA on PPP ticket. She was a member of the constitutional committee that was formed for the 1973 constitution. She was elected as the first Deputy Speaker of National Assembly on August 14, 1973.
In March 1977, she was elected as member of Sindh Assembly. In 1988, Begum Ashraf Abbasi was elected as a member of National Assembly and was re-elected as deputy speaker. She was also a member of the CEC of Pakistan Peoples Party till 1977.
‘She was out of parliamentary politics in 1990. Although she was a great mother, but her contributions in the country’s politics was even much greater. Apart from her services for the masses, people would remember her contributions and sacrifices for the restoration of democracy during Ziaul Haq’s martial law for a long time. “She was a stalwart in Sindh political figures,’ said her son Dr Safdar Abbasi talking to Daily Times.
Her two sons Safdar Abbasi and Munawar Abbasi are politically active. Begum Ashraf Abbasi’s funeral prayers will be offered at Larkana today (Monday).
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s condolence: PPP Patron-In-Chief, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has condoled the death of Begum Ashraf Abbasi, the first female Deputy Speaker of National Assembly.
He paid tributes to late Begum Abbasi for her services to democracy, the Bhutto family and the party. She worked closely with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto as a loyal colleague and her death is a big loss to the party as well as the Bhutto family.
In his condolence message, PPP Patron-in-Chief prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the members of her bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, PPP leaders Waqar Mehdi, Rashid Rabbai and others also condoled the death of Begum Ashraf Abbasi. They paid tributes to late Begum Abbasi for her services to democracy.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Founder Altaf Hussain also expressed his grief over Begum Abbasi’s demise. In a statement issued by the MQM, Altaf Hussain expressed his deep condolence to bereaved family. He prayed Almighty Allah to confer the eternal peace to the departed soul.
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