- President urges nation to unite to secure better, brighter future
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has dedicated the Independence Day to the freedom of Kashmir and to those Kashmiris who bravely faced the state oppression and kept the spirit of freedom alive.
In a message on the occasion of Independence Day, PM Sharif said this Independence Day is memorable as the spirit of independence in occupied Kashmir is at its peak nowadays. The new generation of Kashmiris has raised the flag of freedom with a new vigour, the prime minister said.
He said besides traditional pleasure, this day also carries deep feelings of grief. The pain of Quetta’s martyrs is still fresh.
“Today, we are also remembering those martyrs, who sacrificed their lives to protect this independence. This day is dawning with the determination of Pakistani nation that Pakistan, with the grace of Allah Almighty, will remain forever. The spirit of 1965 is still alive with full vigour, when Pakistani armed forces and the people together confronted the enemy,” PM Sharif said.
The prime minister said the protection of independence is even harder than its achievement. Without the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the creation of Pakistan was impossible, he said and added if our armed forces, security institutions, police and people did not have shed their blood, its (Pakistan’s) survival and security was impossible.
“In the month of August, when we remember Quaid, leaders and workers of Pakistan Movement, our hearts are also enlightened with the memory of those martyrs, who have become immortal by sacrificing their lives for the country,” he further said.
He said today, we are remembering our all those martyrs. They belong to every segment of the state. They are in every political party. They are in every field of life. They are in every sect. They are in every religion. They are all Pakistanis. They are individuals of one nation. We are paying tributes to all these martyrs. We are presenting salute to their souls. All of them are pronouncing that the nation is united against terrorists.
He appealed the nation to solemnly affirm that, till we are alive, we will sacrifice our interests for the stability, security and survival of Pakistan. We will take forward this tradition of martyrs that after us, the world gives the same evidence in our favour, which we are giving today for our martyrs, the prime minister said.
President Mamnoon Hussain in his message urged the nation to unite to secure a better and brighter future for the coming generations by following the footsteps of our illustrious founding fathers.
He said today, we are celebrating our Independence Day with a new zeal and vigour. He was confident that our determination will pave the way for political, economic and social stability in the coming days. Our country has been confronted with many challenges since the last few years but the nation has boldly faced them through its unshakeable resolve, the president said.
He further said the government of Pakistan resolutely decided to take action in order to clean various regions and cities of terrorism, extremism and lawlessness under which the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies are playing effective role as a result of which peace is being restored in the country. The government has also adopted sound policies to improve the economy which has created better business environment leading to increased opportunities for domestic and international investment, the president added.
He said it is satisfying to note that foreign investors are increasingly turning to Pakistan for investment. These developments augur well for our economic future which testifies that new possibilities and opportunities are unfolding for Pakistan.
President Mamnoon expressed his satisfaction that the consensus on democracy is producing positive results.
“We need to initiate the process of correction individually, then from homes and communities to derive more benefits and ensure that democratic values take roots at the state, governmental and administrative levels to pave the way for real and meaningful change,” he added.