ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday said Pakistan could only progress if it stays away from unnecessary political adventures and focuses on political stability, economic development and socio-economic prosperity.
Addressing a gathering after the flag hoisting ceremony here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President said the country must keep in view examples of the contemporary world where many countries achieved great economic prosperity and progress within a short span of 30-35 years.
The President said “the key to their progress lies in hard work, commitment and dedication and the strategy that they followed to remain focused on political stability, economic development and socio-economic prosperity.”
“If we resolve that we will protect this country from unnecessary political adventures, I assure you that Pakistan would progress tremendously and would emerge as a great power within no time.”
The President who along with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif earlier jointly hoisted the national flag at an impressive ceremony marking the country’s 68th independence day, said “only those nations prosper who ensure rule of law and eradicate corruption and malpractices from their societies.”
“Let us pledge on this auspicious occasion that we will wage holy war again corruption. Let us promise that we would take lead in following rule of law. We need to abide by law individually as well as collectively. If we ensure supremacy of constitution and rule of law I assure you that all our problems would be solved.”
The flag-hoisting ceremony was shifted inside the Presidency building due to rain and was attended by the Speaker National Assembly, members of federal cabinet, heads and representatives of political parties, services chiefs, diplomats, senior government officials and specially invited guests from all sections of society.
The event began with the blaring of the sirens at 9 am sharp across the country, as all traffic came to a stand still. A moment’s silence was observed to pay respects to those who paid the supreme sacrifice of laying down their lives in the defence of their motherland, particularly those who lost lives during the operation Zarb-e-Azb. The ceremony began with the recitation from the Holy Quran and Naat.
President Mamnoon Hussain in his address greeted the nation on 68th Independence Day and said Pakistan today was in a state of war.
“The brave officers, jawans of the Armed forces and sons of the soil are offering huge sacrifices to rid our homeland from the scourge of terrorism. The whole nation is indebted to them and salutes their courage and valour.”
The President said that special measures were taken whenever any nation faces such situation as Pakistan today is also confronting similar situation.
President Mamnoon Hussain said during the past 10-12 years the scourge of terrorism has inflicted heavy losses upon us and thousands of our citizens, personnel of armed forces and law-enforcing agencies have lost their lives as a result of terrorist activities.
“The economic toll that the country has suffered is another component of the huge losses that we have suffered. I would say that the economic terrorism that our beloved country had to face was the continuation of this menace which cause difficulties for the ordinary people to mange meeting their both ends.”
He said the government was diligently working to fight terrorism in all its manifestations. Operation Zarb-e-Azb was a reflection of resolve to combat terrorism. The situation demands that the whole nation stands firmly behind the armed forces to completely eliminate terrorism. “At this critical moment, when Pakistan is fighting multi-dimensional war, any attempt to create chaos, violence and disorder needs serious considerations. In this situation, I would suggest the nation especially the political leaders to remain extremely cautious and exercise prudence.”
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