ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday said continuity of democracy was important for the country’s progress and stressed that solutions to all issues must be found within the ambit of Constitution.
“Democracy and the sovereignty of law and Constitution is the present and future of Pakistan,” Mamnoon said in his address to the joint sitting of the National Assembly and Senate, here at the Parliament House.
He said democracy was not about pursuing confrontation, conflict and revenge but it promoted affinity, tolerance, forgiveness and mutual cooperation.
“Democracy is about respecting the majority, preferring national institutions over personalities and prioritizing national interests over political interests,” The President in his constitutionally mandated address congratulated the two Houses of the parliament upon the completion of the parliament’s first year.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as leader of the House, Leader, politicians, chief ministers, services chiefs and diplomats attended the event.
President Mamnoon Hussain said the progress of democracy and the sovereignty of Constitution had become inter-related and the Constitution fully defined the role of parliamentary political forces.
He stressed that the federation and its units should settle their problems under the constitutional framework and had to work in unison for the prosperity of their people.
He said mutual respect and consultative process were sine qua non for the advancement of democratic process in the country and termed reconciliation among the political leadership, a right path to success.
The President said reconciliation could be regarded as an important milestone in politics and had the power to resolve difficulties with ease.
He lauded the treasury and opposition benches for playing their role positively at political and constitutional levels and said it set an example for those who go for the politics of
He said the nation had entrusted the parliament with their votes and expected in return their uplift and the country’s development. The President urged the parliament to remain active at political level for the betterment of the nation and act accordingly keeping in view the ideological basis of the country.