ISLAMABAD: President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain has stressed upon the nation to restate its pledge on the Independence Day to maintain democracy, constitutionalism and rule of law.
In a message to the nation on the 68th Independence Day, the president said, “Let us reiterate our commitment to follow the principles of Unity, Faith & Discipline as our strength and guide towards reaching our ultimate destination. The Independence Day is the most auspicious occasion in our national calendar as it reminds us of the great sacrifices of our forefathers made for securing our socio-economic, religious and cultural freedom. It also provides us an opportunity to reiterate our pledge to those ideals that led to the creation of an independent and sovereign state. The day is also an occasion to reflect on our past, ponder over the present and plan for the future. It is indeed a matter of great satisfaction to note that despite many political upheavals of the past, natural calamities and other challenges, we have achieved significant milestones in our journey towards a democratic, prosperous and progressive nation. Let us appreciate and acknowledge countless sacrifices of our brethren who stand shoulder to shoulder with our armed forces in our national struggle against militancy, extremism and bigotry. Let us stand united against all those elements bent upon tarnishing our image and identity as a progressive, peaceful and tolerant society. The magnitude and severity of the challenge may be daunting but so is our resolve and commitment to confront them head on.