Parliamentarians paid tribute to National Party chairman Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo who passed away on Thursday night after a prolonged battle with lung cancer.

PML-N MNA Khawaja Asif paid tribute to the principled politics of Mir Hasil Bizenjo, telling the Speaker to obtain the lower house’s consent to postpone the session in light of the politician’s passing.

PML-N’s Senator Mushahidullah Khan said that those people who do not stray from their principles never die but always remain alive in the hearts of the people.

“It is normally very difficult for someone whose father is such a towering personality to carve out his own legacy,” he said, adding that despite that Hasil Bizenjo had managed to make a name for himself in politics.

He said that the Bizenjo family had always spoken the truth and never thought about the price they would have to pay. “They did keep paying a price all their lives for telling the truth,” he said.

“Did you ever see hatred in his eyes for anyone? He was merciful and loving towards everyone,” said Mushahidullah. “Where do we find someone like Hasil?”

PPP leader Sherry Rehman said that Bizenjo lived according to his terms just like he said he would. “People like me, women, were always provided encouragement and support by Bizenjo,” she said. “He told me to remain steadfast and not listen to people who thought I did not belong in mainstream politics,” added the PPP senator.

Rehman said that Bizenjo was like a ray of light at a time of darkness in Pakistani politics.

PTM MNA Moshin Dawar said it was very difficult to fill the void left by Bizenjo’s death. “I think this session [of the National Assembly] should be postponed to honour his memory,” he said, describing it as a “huge loss” for the country.

“The lot of politicians that he belonged to are decreasing day by day in Pakistan,” he said.

PTI MNA Ramesh Kumar said that he had known the late politician for the past 20-22 years as a friend. “Ever since I stepped into politics, I was his friend,” he said. “Even till this day, I remember the things that he talked about with me.”

Kumar paid tribute to Bizenjo, stating that those who did good deeds, their names used to remain alive long after they were gone.

Senator Sarfaraz Bugti said that the entire country was in mourning over such a huge loss and that Balochistan had been deprived of a great leader.

“I was in very close contact with him as home minister. Where he was in favor of dialogue, he was also a believer in establishment of the writ of the state,” added Bugti.

The Balochistan home minister said that Bizenjo continued his great legacy. “The more we pay tribute to him, the less it is,” he added.