We must strive to fulfill Quaid’s vision of peaceful, democratic Pakistan: Marriyum

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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State (MOS) for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Nawaz, speaking at a ceremony held at the Pakistan Television (PTV) headquarters in connection with the Independence Day, said that the Quaid wanted Pakistan to emerge as a peaceful and a democratic country, and it was incumbent upon us to implement his vision.

“We must strive to fulfil the objectives of independence that Quaid-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah set for us on this day, seventy years ago, and realize the dream of Allama Muhammad Iqbal,” she said.

The minister said, “Pakistan was achieved after unparalleled sacrifices, it surely has a bright future.” “All of us are Pakistanis and we are proud of it,” she added.

The minister said that the country, engulfed in darkness in 2013, now had a shining face and was moving towards economic stability.

She said that on this day we should remember that the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif worked with dedication for the youth and the country.

“In pursuance of his vision great successes were achieved in the war against terrorism, power producing projects were initiated and under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a number of big development projects were being implemented through direct foreign investment,” said Marriyum about the achievements of the former PM.

The state minister said that the successes achieved against terrorist outfits during the last four years had strengthened the contemplation about a safer and peaceful Pakistan, for which our valiant armed forces, law-enforcement agencies and police from all the provinces had sacrificed their lives.

Marriyum also eulogized the role of the media, as well as the unsung heroes in the fight against terrorism.

The minister acknowledged the role of Pakistani women and their contribution towards the development of the country, and in making the country safe, along with their male counterparts.

The MOS emphatically remarked that during the last four years the country had been put on the road to prosperity and progress under the stewardship of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government.

She added that the PML-N government was faithfully ‘implementing’ the ‘pledges’ that it made in its election manifesto, and that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi was trying to accelerate that process, which would take the country to its desired destination of an economic power house.