PAC endorses advice to name new Islamabad airport after Benazir Bhutto

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ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts Committee has called for the federal government to rename the new Islamabad airport after former premier Benazir Bhutto.

All members in the PAC meeting, chaired by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shahbaz Sharif, endorsed the advice put forward by Pakistan People’s Party lawmakers.

The Committee unanimously agreed to revert to the suggested name as the PPP parliamentarians cited records of “Islamabad Airport” which show the original name to be “New Benazir Bhutto International Airport”.

New Islamabad International Airport is the first greenfield airport ever constructed in Pakistan and was to be named after the assassinated ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, which was decided in June 2008 by the then prime minister Yusuf Raza Gillani.

In a tweet, PPP leader Sherry Rehman also sought the federal government to reconsider the decision in honour of former premier Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.

At PAC when records of “Islamabad Airport” showed the original name of “New Benazir Bhutto International Airport” all members across the political board endorsed our advice to revert to the right name of the airport. Govt please take note. SM Benazir Bhutto is Pakistan’s pride.

The Federal Cabinet had decided the current name for the new Islamabad airport in a meeting headed by previous Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi where the name “Islamabad International Airport” was approved as a final decision last year.