There are currently two huge conflicts going on in Islamabad. One is PTI’s long march and the other is what will be the new name be of capital’s International Airport. And the fun part is, both are unpredictable. No one knows when Imran Khan will announce the final date of long march the same way no one knows what the airport’s name will be changed to.
Isn’t THAT serious?
A resolution was passed by the National assembly to change the name of Islamabad International Airport to Benazir International Airport. This decision was made to honor the former and first female prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto.
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto.
However, this decision could not go on further as challenges arrived before the honor. Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM) challenged this resolution by National Assembly and refused the name to be Benazir International Airport. MQM wants to change the name to something similar to what National Assembly yet somehow different.
Parliamentarian of MQM, Kishwar Zahra, said that she was taking up a matter with the Speaker since August 14th to change the name to what MQM wants. MQM has been wanting the name of the airport to be changed so that it will honor the former Prime Minister, Liaqat Ali Khan. Can you guess what they want the name to be changed to? Yup you have guessed it. They want the name to be Liaqat International Airport.
Pakistan’s former and first ever Prime Minister, Liaqat Ali Khan.
Kishwar further pointed out that PPP moved the resolution to rename the airport after Bhutto Shaheed when the House was discussing the important flood situation in the country. “For how long will you continue to cash in on the name of Benazir Bhutto Shahee whom we respect more than you”, she questioned.
Well, this case remains unsolved for now and is getting heated. Are we in it for the drama? Absolutely. Stay tuned to check out who the airport will actually be named after. Or will the name of the airport even change or not? Who knows.