Nawaz says Pakistan has turned a new leaf in its existence and will soon be able to overcome all odds
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Nawaz Sharif have expressed the confidence that with the valued assistance of our valiant armed forces, unconditionally supported by the entire array of political opinion, we will surely overpower the threatening forces.
In his message on Pakistan Day being celebrated on Monday, President Mamnoon Hussain said that all citizens should renew their resolve to bring the country to the forefront of the comity of nations
The President said the day marked the momentous occasion when Muslims of India resolved to struggle for an independent state based on principles of equality and justice. He said it was on this day, 75 years ago, that great thinkers and political leaders came together to embark upon the journey for independence.
The Quaid-e-Azam realized that it was the right of every Muslim of South Asia to enjoy freedom, equality and social justice and millions of the people sacrificed their lives to realize the dream of Pakistan, he said.
President Mamnoon said the country was confronted with formidable threats and challenges. Women and children, civilians and soldiers alike, had been targeted by terrorists and extremists. “Our schools and our places of worship have been attacked,” he remarked.
He said, “This day brings us together to remind us of the great struggle and commitment that accomplished the state of Pakistan.”
Mamnoon Hussain said that today Pakistan needed the same efforts and commitment from its citizens to unite against evil forces.
“We must forget our differences and reclaim our country. A country where there is harmony and tolerance, education and prosperity, and people can live in peace and continue to strive towards success,” he added.
He also prayed that may Allah Almighty “bless us in our efforts to preserve and protect our citizens and our homeland”.
In his message on Pakistan Day Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan has turned a new leaf in its existence and will soon be able to overcome all odds.
“My government has embarked upon a vast portfolio of institutional and development ventures that will bear fruit in near future.”
Nawaz expressed the confidence that with the valued assistance of our valiant armed forces, unconditionally supported by the entire array of political opinion, we will surely overpower threatening forces.
He reiterated the resolve that under his watch, no effort will be spared to bring tolerance and harmony in Pakistan. He said he is committed to ensure that Pakistanis are provided with every opportunity to live freely, seek education, gain employment and practice their faith without hindrance, fear and favour.
The Prime Minister said three quarters of a century have elapsed since the Muslims of subcontinent irreversibly resolved to seek their own independent Muslim state. Their revered Quaid declared that Muslims of South Asia were an independent nation by any definition. He led them to wage a struggle for a state based on principles of social justice, self-determination and equality. The independence struggle witnessed countless vicissitudes but the Quaid never flinched from his avowed objective. The firm commitment of the Quaid wholeheartedly backed by the Muslim nation ultimately succeeded in carving out an independent homeland. The Quaid bequeathed to his people the Promised Land with the exhortation to preserve and protect it for future generations.
Nawaz said three quarters of a century later Quaid’s Pakistan is groping to overcome unprecedented threats and challenges. The peace loving people of Pakistan are unwittingly exposed to threats posed by extremism and terrorism. Pakistan has been subjected to an existential threat that it has no option but to confront. The anti-state elements threatening Pakistan are out to threaten not only the lives but also the very fabric of Pakistani nation. But the Pakistanis have irrevocably stood up to the challenge and have resolved never to give in. Pakistan is resolved to redeem its pledge given to its founding fathers that it will protect the homeland. We are also committed to preserve and ensure freedom, equality and social justice as core values of our polity as desired by our enlightened forbears.
The Prime Minister said he is a steadfast believer in permanence of morality based representative plurality envisaged by the Quaid. He greatly values the equality principle and considers it vital for national preservation. At the same time, he is a formidable opponent of anachronistic notions of obscurantism and considers it harmful to our national existence.