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Message by Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt on Pakistan Day

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On the auspicious day of 23rd March, I extend my heartiest greetings to all countrymen and women.  It was on this epoch-making day that the Muslims of the sub-continent made a solemn pledge, which ultimately led to creation of Pakistan.
Since our independence, we have faced many difficult times, but surmounted all difficulties by rendering sincere sacrifices, as a resolute nation, to protect our homeland.  History of all great nations reveals that an enemy has never been able 
to sustain in front of the resoluteness of a nation.  And we are blessed to be one such nation, whose determination has remained unshakable.
In our journey through the decades, we have been able to produce, in many fields, men of value.  Our scientists, educationists, sportsmen, philanthropists etc have made their mark in the world.  Indeed, we have the potential to rise despite numerous challenges.  Let the world recognise us as hard-working, industrious and tolerant people.  All we need to do is carry out introspection, with a view to learn from our mistakes and ensure we do not repeat the same both at the individual as well as at collective level.  At this crucial time, it becomes all the more pertinent to recall the words of the Holy Quran, which were also depicted in the verse of the famous poet of the East, Allama Muhammad Iqbal,
 "It is a fact that Allah does not change the condition of a people unless they bring about change in their own selves".
So, the need of the hour is that we fully enterprise on and strengthen our skills and abilities to emerge as a strong united entity.
My Dear Countrymen! Our ancestors rendered great sacrifices to get freedom. However, there is a need that we continuously groom and nurture our youth in a manner that they fully realise the importance of freedom and true spirit of Pakistan Resolution.  They must appreciate that the struggle that their forefathers started, did not end on 14 August, 1947, but the baton has to be carried on with added responsibility to preserve this hard-earned freedom. It thus becomes 
our responsibility that our rising generations fully comprehend the vision of 
our forefathers for an independent Pakistan - the one based on equality, peace and tolerance.  It is now time to put in our bit and move ahead with full fervour to attain our position as one of the most respected nations in the world.  Pakistan was made to survive and will Insha Allah last till the world continues to exist. Aameen!

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