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MNAs pay tribute to Fauzia Wahab.

Islamabad -- Paying glowing and rich tributes to PPP's sincere and honest leader Fauzia Wahab, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday underlined that she was an 'asset' for the party.

PM Raja Pervez Ashraf on the floor of the National Assembly on Friday termed her death as a colossal tragedy and said we can only hope to ever overcome.

Pakistan has lost a very special person. A woman who stood up for what she wanted, who spoke out in spite of criticism, who spread smiles with her wit and played a major part in empowering Pakistani women, he emphasized.

NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza said that demise of Fauzia Wahab is an irrecoverable loss. She was of the view that if all parties agree then a committee can be constituted to investigate the reasons behind her death.

On the occasion, PPP's MNA Yasmeen Rehman told NA that she was an absolutely admirable woman and the mother of the nation. May Allah bless her soul and give our bereaved nation the courage to cope with this tragedy.

Hamid Saeed Kazmi termed her loss as irreparable as she was a kind hearted and outspoken person.

PML-N's Khawaja Saad Rafiq told NA that Wahab fought for democracy, human rights and women's empowerment. Through sheer hard work, dauntlessness and sincerity, she became the face of the country's largest political party, PPP, and by virtue of her own personal background and dedication, she became the voice of the middle class.

In countries like Pakistan, it is very difficult for a woman to participate in politics and earn the kind of respect Wahab was destined to get. She was a natural and effortlessly set an example for women all over Pakistan, PPP-S Leader Aftab Ahmed Sherpao told NA.

MQM's Adbul Qadir Khanzada said that through her visible and indirect role as PPP MNA and office bearer, she accomplished milestone after milestone for women's empowerment.

ANP's Bushra Gohar informed the House that late Wahab played a key role in a number of bills related to women empowerment, changing the face of how women are treated in Pakistan.

A number of MNAs including Qadir Patel, Munir Orakzai and others paid rich tributes to Wahab in the Lower House saying Wahab never shied away from helping women who hailed from lower and middle classes. In fact, many women felt secure in sharing their problems with her. Her efforts for making quiet, oppressed Pakistani women come out of their shell and ask for their due rights is commendable.

Sardar Bahadur Ahmad Khan Sihar said Fauzia Wahab was a progressive and enlightened parliamentarian. Makhdoom Amin Fahim said Fauzia Wahab was an asset of the Pakistan People's Party. It is a tragedy indeed that her outspoken and secular voice is no more, they concluded. Later, the House offered fateha for the departed soul of Fauzia Wahab and adjourned the session till Monday.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jul 7, 2012
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