Pakistan’s survival depends on democracy, says Zardari


President Asif Ali Zardari said Pakistan was created as a result of a democratic struggle and its survival and well-being depended on a strong democratic system.
In his message on the occasion of Pakistan Day, the president urged people to resolve that they would not permit anyone to trample their democratic aspirations. He asked his countrymen to work together with the spirit of tolerance, mutual accommodation and respect for dissent.
“It is a manifestation of the democratic ethos of our people that the elected Parliament first purged a constitution of dictatorial clauses and then completed its full five-year term. I wish to compliment the nation for this,” said Zardari.
He said Pakistan Day, this year, will go down in history of the country as a memorable day when the democratically elected
Parliament completed, for the first time, its constitutionally mandated term and the nation is poised for a democratic transition.
He said 73 years ago on this day, the Muslims of the subcontinent resolved to achieve a separate homeland for themselves and then set out to materialise their dream within a span of seven years.
“Pakistan Day, each year, is an occasion to reiterate our commitment to the ideals for which Pakistan was created,” Zardari said.
It is also an occasion to pay tributes to the father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and to all those who struggled, suffered and sacrificed for the cause,” said President Zardari.
“May Allah bless us in our efforts to prove ourselves worthy inheritors of the homeland and heritage bequeathed to us by our forefathers,” said the president.