Oxford Union holds debate to pay homage to Bhutto

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London, Jan 19: In an honour to slain former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto, the prestigious Oxford Union Debating society organised a debate in her memory.

Incidentally, Benazir was Society"s ex-president in 1977 while she studied at the Oxford. The debate was attended by Benair"s former colleagues, students and friends, besides her 19-year-old son Bilawal Bhutto zardari, who is a first year student at Christ Church College, reported the Dawn. According to the traditions, such functions do not go to the whole length and are adjourned to honour dead alumni whose death was unnatural, after a speech by a keynote speaker. But Benazir was honoured by organising a full-day debate.

The last such instance when the debate was adjourned was in 1979 when Benazir"s father Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged, said journalist and Bhutto"s family friend Victoria Schofield.

Benazir, who studied at the St. Margaret College was President of the Oxford Union in 1977, and was the first Asian woman to hold the post. paying tributes to Benazir, British MP Alan Duncan said that during her times as the Debating Society President, the debates were fierce, colourful and hotly contested.


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