ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) was a lesson for everyone to never stand back and fight against extremism as well as intolerant ideologies.
“Let us pledge on this day to take solid steps in light of Uswah-e-Shabbiri that ensures respect for mankind, the solidarity of democracy and calls for promoting Islamic values for the development and prosperity of the country,” President Alvi said in his message to the nation on Ashura.
“The day reminds us of the great sacrifices of the martyrs of Karbala rendered to uphold the supremacy of truth.”
He said that the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) acted as a source of guidance for Muslims and taught that one should never refrain from fighting the elements of tyranny.
“The incident of Karbala teaches us the significance of sacrifice to attain greater objectives,” the president said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that in view of the challenges faced by the country, there was a dire need to unite and promote the spirit of sacrifice. “This is the need of the hour and is linked with our very own existence, stability and prosperity,” the premier said.
“Being steadfast while upholding truth is a mission and one should never refrain from offering even the greatest of all sacrifices,” he said, adding that Ashura reminded Muslims of the sacrifices rendered by Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions to uphold the sanctity of Islam.
He said the incident of Karbala was a historic battle between truth and falsehood that took place on 10th of Muharram and added, “Imam Hussain (AS) proved with his immortal sacrifice that truth always wins. This example of persistence is a guiding principle for our lives.”
“On this day, we should not only remember Uswah-e-Hussain, but also make sincere efforts to reform our lives in accordance with his golden principles,” PM Khan said.