LONDON: Minister of State and Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon has received the Speaker’s Democracy Award from the Speaker of the House Of Commons John Bercow in London.
Ms. Memon won the prestigious award after nomination by Alex Salmond in a tough competition with excellent nominations from all across the globe.
The Speaker’s Democracy Award is an internationally focused award which aims to celebrate individuals who through their leadership and personal courage have made an outstanding contribution to the development of democratic societies.
Speaker John Bercow welcomed Memon to Speaker’s House. He said that this was an auspicious occasion the first of its kind to honour the individual who has contributed to the advancement of democratic values by facilitating better democracy and superior citizenship in a hostile climate.
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— Marvi Memon (@marvi_memon) September 5, 2017
Speaking on the occasion, Memon said that democracy is our culture, and our tradition. “Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan won us freedom through democratic means,” she said.
“Pakistan has indeed come a long way in its struggle for establishing a sustainable version of democracy and it has been a privilege to have been a part of this struggle and especially for empowering most vulnerable women of Pakistan.”
Memon thanked the Speaker of the House of Commons and the judging panel. She dedicated the award to her soil, her country Pakistan, her party PML-N, her leader Nawaz Sharif, her family, to all those who created BISP and most importantly to the most vulnerable families and women of Pakistan, the BISP beneficiaries.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated Memon from London when he learnt of the award and said that she had made Pakistan proud
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq felicitated her on bagging the prestigious award. He said that she rightfully deserved the award as she brought social change and women empowerment through her dedication and unwavering efforts.
He said this recognition is not an individual honour but a matter of great pride for the National Assembly of Pakistan.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif congratulated Memon on this great achievement and said that this is not only recognition for her services as an individual but an international recognition of Pakistan’s struggle for democracy.
He said this will be remembered since Pakistan has established itself as first for times to come by managing to get the inaugural award.