ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Friday paid homage to late Nelson Mandela, the great leader of South Africa who passed away on Thursday.
The House unanimously adopted the resolution to acknowledge the renowned struggle of great leader for the rights of his people.
“This House expresses its deep sorrow and grief over the passing away of Mr Nelson Rolihlaha Mandela, a man who stood for the rights of the deprived and the oppressed not only in his own country but the world over,” said the resolution read out by Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz.
“Pakistan had been at the forefront of the international efforts to dismantle the apartheid. The people of Pakistan are proud to walk the last mile of democracy in South Africa,” mentioned the resolution.
It further stated that Nelsom Mandela appreciated Pakistan’s support and twice visited Islamabad, first in 1992 and then in May 1999.
During his second visit Mr Mandela had addressed the joint sitting of the parliament and this house will always remember and honour Nelson Mandela.
“He had a domino effect on the freedom movements the world over. This House shares the pain of the people of South Africa at the loss of great man Nelson Mandela who will always be revered by all mankind as an icon of true democracy,” remarked Sartaj Aziz reading out the resolution.
“He will continue to live in the hearts and minds of people of Pakistan for his special love and affection that he had for us,” he said. “Pakistan will always cherish his message that he conveyed in his inspiring speech here.”
The House also wished the people and the government of South Africa the courage and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and the ability to follow his message of compassion, human dignity, equality, freedom and democracy.