A veteran politican & former Deputy Speaker NA Dr. Ashraf Abbasi dies

Imtiaz Gorar
Former Deputy Speaker National Assembly and close aide to former Prime of Pakistan, founder PPP Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Begum Dr Ashraf Abbasi mother of former Senator Dr Safdar Abbasi and MPA Haji Munwar Ali Abbasi who passed away on Sunday evening due to prolonged illness, was laid to rest at her ancestral graveyard Arab Pir in Waleed Muhalla Larkana here on Monday.
Hundreds people belonging from different walk of life among leaders of different political and religious organizations and notable citizens attended the funeral prayer.
On the occasion former PPP MPA Anwar Mahar, MPA Ghulam Mujtaba Isran, PML F Leader Syed Akbar Shah Rashidi, Shafqat Hussain Unar, General Secretary PPP District Larkana Abdul Fatah Bhutto and other She was born in Larkana on 1st January 1923 and did her early education in Larkana later and passed secondary education from the DJ College Sindh in 1940 and got admission in the lady Harding Medical College for Girls in Delhi India and she also did her MBBS from the Dow Medical College when she was the mother of two. She was nominated as a member of the committee that drafted the 1973 constitution.
Begum Dr Ashraf Abbasi was active politician and among the close associates of Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, She remained a member of the West Pakistan Assembly from 1962 to 1965, joined PPP and won the NA-165 seat in 1970.
She became the first woman deputy speaker of the National Assembly in 1973 and held the position till 1977 and again from 1988 to 1990. She also served as the chairperson of the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology, SZABIST Larkana campus.
In 1977, she won a Sindh Assembly seat and was made the minister for local government,She also remained a member of the Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, and University of Sindh, Jamshoro, syndicates.
She took active part in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) and remained incarcerated in Sukkur jail for 14 months. She had been under house arrest four times in Karachi and Waleed (Larkana) during the PPP movement against martial law.
Begum Ashraf established the Mothers’ Trust in 1996 to serve poor women and headed it till her death. She was author of one book “biography “which was published under the title of ‘Jaikey Halan Haikliyoon (the women who walk alone).
Late Begum Ashraf Abbasi has left behind three sons, former MPA Haji Munwwar Ali Abbasi, former senator Dr Safdar Abbasi and Akhtar Abbasi. Her death has created big political vacuum in country, her services rendered for PPP and country will be remembered for ever.

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