Zardari warns people against threats to democracy


PPP leader says his party will not let anyone subvert constitution or derail democracy

Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday warned the nation to be watchful against looming dangers to democracy in the country.

“I wish to felicitate the people of Pakistan whether living within the country or abroad on the auspicious occasion of the nation’s 68th Independence Day. Independence Day is an occasion to celebrate and re-dedicate ourselves to the principles for which our nation was founded 67 years ago. However, these celebrations have also been clouded by looming threats to those pristine principles on which our nationhood was founded,” Zardari said in a statement.

“On this occasion therefore we need to be watchful against the sinister machinations of the enemies of democracy who seem to have suddenly and mysteriously become active again,” the former president said. He said that “the actors and self proclaimed saviours of the people, who have occasionally been rearing their ugly heads have only one object in mind namely to wind up democracy. It is not new and the nation has witnessed it before also. While changing guise, pretexts and diction from time to time, these elements have always sought to push their undemocratic agenda”.

“Let us on this occasion resolve to squarely face the enemies of democracy and not let them derail the democratic institutions of the state. Let us resolve to collectively protect and defend democracy and to make Pakistan a truly modern, dynamic and progressive country in which there will be no place for militancy, extremism and dictatorship,” he added.

“Let us resolve that we will never allow the Constitution to be subverted nor the democratic process derailed. Let us rededicate ourselves to the democratic ideals and principles for which Pakistan was created. Let us also reject those who exploit and misuse the name of religion for advancing their personal political agendas. ”

The PPP has made huge sacrifices for the cause of democracy and will resist any attempt to derail the democratic structures. Let there be no doubt or mistake about it, he concluded.

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