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SUKKUR: A meeting of the CPNE standing committee was held at a local hotel on Thursday for holding a condolence reference for slain PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto.
The two-hour-long reference was addressed by more than 30 members of the CPNE, while its president Arif Nizami chaired the meeting.
A resolution was passed by the committee in which it was demanded of the government to construct a Shaheed Benazir Bhutto monument at the site of her assassination in Liaquat Bagh, adding that if the demand was not met in a reasonable time, then members of the CPNE would construct it themselves.
It was also demanded to rename the Murree Road in Rawalpindi as Benazir Bhutto Shaheed road as a tribute to her services for the cause of democracy and the people of Pakistan.
It was also maintained that if the government failed to rename the road, then members of newspaper organisations would start to call it the same by themselves.
On the occasion, senior editor and columnist Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami said the assassination of Benazir Bhutto was a setback for the federation as well as democracy and the people of Pakistan.
He said every citizen had been hurt with the tragic incident and it was everybody’s feeling that, his family had been directly hit in the assassination.
He said Benazir Bhutto belonged to the nation and her struggle was for a tolerant and peaceful society based on democratic ideals.
The fatal events of violence in the wake of her assassination had bore a negative impact on our society, and a fitting tribute to her would be that all of us foster love and brotherhood among us, he added. The Jang Group Editor Coordination, Shaheen Qureshi, paid tributes to Benazir Bhutto, and said the print and electronic media had kept the people abreast of the day to day the events, including the cause of event and further investigation by the agencies.
He lamented that the Geo TV channel had been deprived of playing a role to keep the people aware of those events not only in those days but now also, as the authorities had not let it go on air.
CPNE President Arif Nizami, while winding up the reference, said all the members of the CPNE were unanimous that Benazir Bhutto had written a golden chapter in the history of Pakistan, and the nation had paid homage to her.
He referred to her democratic temperament, which was based on tolerance and respect for the difference of opinion. He quoted and brotherhood among us, he his own example in this regard added. The Jang Group Editor that he had been expressing difference of opinion in his publications with the policies of her two governments, but she never gave doubt about her commitment.
Those who also spoke at the reference included CPNE Secretary-General Khushnood Ali Khan, lmtinan Shahid, Jawed Mahar Shamsi, Inqilaab Matri, Dr Jabbar Khatak, Najamuddin Shaikh, SB Hassan, Lala Rehman Sammo, Qazi Asad Abid, Qazi Asiam, Sukkur Press Club President Khawaja Jawed and others.
The CPNE members who attended the meeting also decided to proceed to Naudero to offer condolences to Asif Ali Zardari and also to lay a floral wreath at the grave of Benazir Bhutto.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the CPNE would be held on Friday (today) at 4 pm under the chairmanship of Arif Nizami, followed by their visit to the Sukkur Press Club, to participate in a candlelit event in memory of Benazir Bhutto.
Source: The News