ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said as the nation happily hoists the national flag today, “it needs to reiterate the strong resolve to always uphold the values of determination and dedication for the objective of development of Pakistan”.
“Today let us make a firm commitment that we will adhere to our national objectives and goals. This will pave the way for better governance.
“It will lead to maturity of democratic traditions, and will also strengthen the process of national progress,” the president said in a message on 70th Independence Day.
“Let us join hands for development and prosperity of the motherland by keeping aside our differences. Let us promote love and harmony by overcoming hatred and misgivings and secure the future of our nation by turning despondency into hope in order to celebrate freedom in its true sense,” he added.
The president said in the wake of challenges confronted by the country today, it was imperative to promote moderation and rationality while availing any available opportunities.
“In such a situation, it is necessary to unite under the Constitution in the national interest by setting aside differences and ensure its supremacy.
“The Constitution is a document which will show us the path to realise national objectives by rising above our personal interests. It will also guarantee progress and stability of the motherland as a manifestation of national aspirations, God Willing,” he added.
Separately, in his Independence Day message, Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said Quaid-e-Azam envisioned Pakistan as a modern, democratic entity.
“The PML-N government, notwithstanding the confronting difficulties, has made the realisation of Quaid’s dream as its abiding mission,” the prime minister said.
The prime minister said recent transition of power through a democratic process was quintessential of the accelerated strengthening of democratic values in the country.
“We have to strengthen and reinforce the state institutions so that they can play their prescribed role within the limits of law and the Constitution,” he added.
He said the government invariably made efforts to initiate the process of meaningful dialogue and adoption of peaceful means to resolve the issues, but unfortunately, the expansionist designs of India remained the main hurdle in this regard.
He said it was incumbent upon the international community to play its role in the resolution of the regional conflicts, particularly the Kashmir dispute in conformity with the UN resolutions on the subject with a view to ensuring durable peace in the region.
The prime minister said terrorism was the biggest challenge confronting the world in the 21st century. “Pakistan has rendered unparalleled sacrifices in the fight against this menace as well as for the world peace.”
“Our armed forces, law enforcing agencies and the people have written imperishable stories of sacrifices in this regard,” he added.
National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi also felicitated the nation on 70th Independence Day and underlined the need to follow the guiding principles of Quaid-e-Azam encompassing unity, faith and discipline.
Also, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, extending greetings to the nation on Independence Day, urged that every Pakistani has to play their role in creating a great egalitarian role-model Muslim country as per the vision of our founding fathers. APP
With additional input from News Desk