President pledges to uphold democracy, constitutionalism

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has stressed upon the nation to reiterate its pledge on the Independence Day to uphold democracy, constitutionalism and rule of law.
In a message to the nation on the 68th Independence Day, the president said, “Let us reiterate our commitment to follow the principles of Unity, Faith & Discipline as our strength and guide towards reaching our ultimate destination.”
The president called upon every Pakistani to stand firm and united and work diligently for a progressive, prosperous and peaceful Pakistan. 
He said, “The Independence Day is the most auspicious occasion in our national calendar as it reminds us of the great sacrifices of our forefathers made for securing our socio-economic, religious and cultural freedom.”
“It also provides us an opportunity to reiterate our pledge to those ideals that led to the creation of an independent and sovereign state,” he added. He opined that the day is an occasion to pay tribute to the valiant struggle of all the proponents and workers of the Pakistan Movement and also a moment to recognize, honour and appreciate all sons of the soil who have been safeguarding our ideological and geographical boundaries. 
“The day is also an occasion to reflect on our past, ponder over the present and plan for the future,” he added. “It is indeed a matter of great satisfaction to note that despite many political upheavals of the past, natural calamities and other challenges, we have achieved significant milestones in our journey towards a democratic, prosperous and progressive nation,” he added. 
“Let us appreciate and acknowledge countless sacrifices of our brethren who stand shoulder to shoulder with our armed forces in our national struggle against militancy, extremism and bigotry. Let us stand united against all those elements bent upon tarnishing our image and identity as a progressive, peaceful and tolerant society. The magnitude and severity of the challenge may be daunting but so is our resolve and commitment to confront them head on,” he said.
Similarly, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in his message on the occasion of 68th Independence Day, said, “Sadly, too often in our short and turbulent history, we have fallen short of living up to this ideal. So let us, on this day, redeem our pledge to build the Quaid’s Pakistan.”
“Our forefathers underwent great trial and tribulation, with millions suffering the travails of dispossession and exile, and hundreds of thousands laying the ultimate sacrifice at the altar of freedom - so that our children may have a country to call their own, where they could build a prosperous and secure future for themselves,” said the PM.
He said, “The day should also recall the ideals and aspirations that inspired Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Dr Allama Mohammad Iqbal. “We should not forget that Pakistan was the culmination of a long and arduous constitutional struggle. It was made possible only because millions of Muslims exercised the oldest, most basic democratic right - the right to vote for their own future,” he said.
The prime minister said that it was all patriotic Pakistanis’ duty to stand behind the gallant armed forces as they fight to keep Quaid’s Pakistan alive. This was not the time to sow doubt and confusion. The stakes were simply too high. He said the need of the hour was for unflinching resolve and absolute unity as it was the only language our enemies understand. “I have no doubt that the people and armed forces of Pakistan will prevail in this struggle. And our victory would bring Pakistan the peace and stability which is a precondition for growth and development,” the prime minister said. 

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