ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday urged the nation to make a pledge on the Independence Day not to let any harm come to the supremacy of the constitution, rule of law and continuity of the democratic system in the country.
“We cannot do justice with objectives of the independence unless Pakistan gets deliverance from all kinds of chaos, adventurism and confrontation,” he said while addressing colourful Independence Day celebrations at the Parliament House. Nawaz Sharif said it was imperative for safeguarding of independence that Pakistan progresses in all fields of life. “It is essential that dams are constructed, industries are set up, highways, sea ports educational institutions are built, energy projects are setup, employment opportunities are created and the whole country becomes prosperous,” the Prime Minister said.
He however regretted that unfortunately the country could not focus on this mission in past 68 years. The ceremony that began with the recitation from the holy Quran was followed by national songs, and tableaux depicting the supreme sacrifices rendered by the nation in country’s struggle for independence. National Assembly speaker, Senate chairman, cabinet members, leaders of all political shades, members of national and provincial assemblies and Senate, services chiefs, diplomats, senior serving and retired government officials participated in the ceremony held in the spacious lawns of the Parliament House, with the illuminated Presidency building in the backdrop.
The prime minister in his address congratulated the nation on the auspicious occasion of the Independence Day and said “the day reminds us of the sacrifices rendered by the Muslims under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for independence.” He said the day also revives the memories of the great poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal whose poetry inculcated the sense of liberation among the Muslims and gave the concept of an independent Muslim state. He said the Independence Day also reminds us of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to protect the independence and for the defence of Pakistan. Mentioning the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan, the prime minister said government made a sincere effort to resolve the issue through dialogue with the militants but the desired objective could not yield results. He said after this, an effective operation had become inevitable for elimination of terrorism. “Our valiant armed forces launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb that is going on successfully. This operation will continue till the terrorism is completely rooted out,” Nawaz Sharif expressed his resolve. He said the nation salutes the officers and the soldiers of armed forces who sacrificed their lives during this operation.
“These martyrs are our benefactors who sacrificed their lives to protect lives and properties of 180 million Pakistanis and for country’s peace. The Ghazis who survived this operation also deserve equal applause for showing exemplary bravery in tough conditions,” he remarked. He said the government has dedicated this year’s Independence Day celebrations to the Operation Zarb-e-Azb. Besides civilians and armed forces, the personnel of the FC, Rangers Police, security agencies as well as the law enforcement agencies were also contributing to this war against terrorism. “Today, we also pray for these brave sons of the soil,” he added.
The prime minister said hundreds of thousands of residents of North Waziristan had to leave their homes for restoration of peace and elimination of terrorism from the country. He said the nation too valued their sacrifices as these people were the benefactors who had rendered sacrifices to achieve peace for their countrymen. The Independence Day celebrations also feature solidarity with these displaced people, he said.
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