Islamabad: PPP Senator Mian Raza Rabbani wrote a letter to the Prime Minister Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi urging him to keep the name of the new Islamabad airport after former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Aviation, Sardar Mehtab Abbasi had earlier stated that the name of the new airport will be New Islamabad Airport. He added that the new Islamabad airport will not be named after any personality.
Responding to his statement, Senator Rabbani stated his disappointment, by saying that it is an unfortunate reflection on how we people honor our civilian national heroes.
Details of Letter to PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi by Raza Rabbani
In the letter to PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, he said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was one of the most valiant fighters in the struggle for democracy and the supremacy of the Constitution. She was the one who freed this country from the binds of Zia’s Martial Law and was ultimately assassinated in the streets of Rawalpindi for her crusade against terrorism and extremism in our country.
Rabbani also added that the name of the airport was in memory of her assassination. He gave example of other airports that have been named after personalities like the Idlewood International Airport, New York, USA was renamed as John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport after his assassination in Dallas, Texas.
The PPP senator defended the honor of fallen leader and criticized this decision by saying that this petty act will not subtract from the huge name and services of Shaheed Mohtarma that place her history’s golden books but it is a sad reflection on us as a nation and more particularly on your government.
This particular airport has gone through many obstacles in its completion and has seen many delays in its opening to the public. But it is now set to open by May 3, 2018.