Key to Pakistan’s stability, development lies in democracy: President

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has stated that the key to Pakistan’s stability and development lies in democracy.

The President, in his message on the occasion of Pakistan Day (March 23) said, “Let me remind you on this important occasion that Pakistan came into being through a long democratic struggle and now the key to its stability and development also lies in democracy.”

“Therefore, it is essential to promote the spirit of tolerance and patience, which are the fundamentals of democracy so that the existing challenges of extremism and terrorism can be overcome by the nation,” he added.

The President said it was an unfortunate reality that terrorism had affected all segments of the Pakistani society. The terrorists had not spared educational institutions, public places and even places of worship, which demonstrated their negative and destructive mindset.

He said he was happy that the Pakistani nation was united against the menace and fully determined to eradicate all forms of terrorism.

“We can win this battle by putting an end to our differences, promoting brotherhood and tolerance. Therefore, it is imperative to promote education in the country and transfer the fruits of development to every Pakistani in order to achieve this objective,” he stressed.

The President said, “23rd March is the Day to renew our commitment to develop the country in accordance with the principles of justice and equity, the real objective of the creation of Pakistan.”

“On this auspicious occasion, we pay tribute to the Father of the Nation and other leaders of the Freedom Movement, who facilitated the creation of Pakistan by uniting the nation through their earnestness, wisdom and unparalleled sacrifices.”

“I pray to Almighty Allah to bless us with the spirit to sincerely serve our country so that we can take Pakistan to the heights of glory by following in the footprints of our great forefathers. Ameen!,” he added.