KARACHI: Pakistan is a great nation, which was attained through the relentless and unwavering struggle of statesmen like Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
On Pakistan’s 68th Independence Day, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari patron-in-chief Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said leaders like Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto lived and died to fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the people and carried the torch of democracy for this great nation through its darkest hours.
The restoration of democracy was the first step on Pakistan’s road to recovery, however a lot more still needs to be done.
All our collective efforts should go towards serving the people. Full force of nations economy should be dedicated to eradicating poverty and unemployment. Solving the electricity crisis is key to nation’s development as shortfall of electricity has now crossed 7,000 megawatts that is 4,000 megawatts worse than the deficits we saw during the People’s government until 2013. Nothing improved since then except the churning out of inflated electricity bills that overcharged citizens for the power they rarely receive.
The present government should come up with a proper strategy to deal with the crisis instead of fleecing the people, he added.
Our Armed forces are engaged in operation against terrorists in North Waziristan and it is our duty to support our troops and do everything to ease the burden on internally displaced persons.
All politicians should be focused on serving the people, not bringing Pakistan to a standstill over issues that could have been politically resolved at the right time.
Bilawal Bhutto pointed out it was highly unfortunate the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan continued to selfishly argue over who should be sitting in the Prime Minister’s chair instead of doing what they were elected to do, which was to serve the people who voted for them.
The only solution to Pakistan’s problems is democracy, not its derailment. Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif should not allow their fight for power to undermine our democratic transition for short term gains, he added. Charter of Democracy and PPP’s reconciliation policy are part of the sagacious vision and foresightedness of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and the rulers and politicians of today need to learn from her example.
He demanded the government should announce a re-commitment to the Charter of Democracy as signed between Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to protect and strengthen the democracy that we all fought so hard for.
Hailing the sacrifices of the workers and leaders of the PPP in their mission to gift democracy to Pakistan, Bilawal said it was a harsh reality ?our country was facing serious challenges like terrorism, extremism, poverty, unemployment and illiteracy.?
These burdens together pose serious risks to the very vision of our founding fathers and betrays their struggle for a democratic, prosperous and progressive Pakistan. He emphasised the norms and customs of democracy should be upheld under all circumstances. When faced with protests and political challenges, the government should have adopted democratic means of negotiations and dialogue to resolve the grievances of the opposition parties.
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