ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Sunday vowed to make Pakistan a hub of peace and harmony by putting all our efforts towards national progress and prosperity.
On the blessed occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr falling on August 20 (today) President and PM extended their heartiest felicitations to the people of Pakistan, Muslim world, and overseas Pakistanis.
"We should thank Allah Almighty for blessing us with an opportunity to fast in this holy month of Ramadan.
Eid-ul-Fitr is a reward bestowed by Allah Almighty on the Muslims for fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Muslims fast to win favour of Allah and express their gratitude and happiness on Eid-ul-Fitr on the successful fulfillment of this religious duty," they said.
"Eid-ul-Fitr is a manifestation of the sublime values of Islam, which foster piety, selflessness, sacrifice, brotherhood and empathy among the Muslims. On this day, the Muslims reiterate their pledge to strengthen their relationship of brotherhood, love and tolerance by setting aside their internal differences, they underlined.
Eid enjoins teaches upon us to remember the less privileged, destitute and poor segments of society and share our joys with them. Eid-ul-Fitr is also an occasion for reiteration of the glorious lessons of Ramazan for the rest of the year," they said.
Eid-ul-Fitr is a day of peace, tranquillity and harmony. Let us resolve to dedicate ourselves to spend our energies and resources for the welfare of the humanity in accordance with Islamic teachings. Let us also resolve to refrain from all anti-social activities such as sectarianism, extremism. Let us vow to make Pakistan a hub of peace and harmony by putting all our efforts towards national progress and prosperity, they said.
"We should keep in mind that incidents of sectarianism and violence like the recent attack on the passenger buses in Lulusar (Gilgit Baltistan) are completely against the teachings of Islam. Similarly the terrorist attempts in Kamra which were foiled by the courage and valour of our armed forces, clearly violate the spirit of Islam.
We have to reject the negative propaganda of misguided forces by promoting the great Islamic teachings. A society developed on these lines will be helpful in resolving our problems," President and PM concluded.