President offers message of hope on Independence Day

Published: August 14, 2011
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“We will rise from the ashes and build a strong Pakistan,” said President Zardari. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

“We will rise from the ashes and build a strong Pakistan,” said President Zardari. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Kicking off the celebrations of the nation’s 64th year of independence, President Asif Ali Zardari offered a message of optimism and hope in a televised late night address to the nation on Saturday.

“We will rise from the ashes and build a strong Pakistan,” in a speech delivered in Islamabad that mixed a heavy dose of realism about current challenges with an optimistic outlook on the country’s future.

The President said that the Pakistan Peoples Party is determined to pursue the objective of taking Pakistan onto the path of progress and democracy, and added that he is aware of the problems faced by the country currently.

He said that Pakistan has the capacity to resolve all its matters and will survive on its own, but it will take time to resolve issues that have been created in more than 60 years.

He said that more could have been achieved if the democratic process had not been repeatedly subverted and the constitution abrogated by dictators.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Aug 14, 2011 - 11:07AM

    The President is trying its best to take out the country from its present condition.

    Let’s keep our fingers cross on 64th Independence Day that a day will come when we will be out from all sorts of problems. Ameen.

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

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  • Mohammad naeem
    Aug 14, 2011 - 11:24AM

    Yes. InshaAllah.

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  • mussarat ahmedzeb(Swat)
    Aug 14, 2011 - 1:10PM

    Does he have a plan, or is it ashes to ashes dust to dust.

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  • Hassan Bokhari
    Aug 14, 2011 - 2:01PM

    Inshallah President Zardari, we are with you!

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  • Hairaan
    Aug 14, 2011 - 2:25PM

    Stereotype messages we are used to listen since the last 64 years.

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  • Scorpio
    Aug 14, 2011 - 3:39PM

    At least he has acknowledged that we have been reduced to ashes…!

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  • T Khan
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:20PM

    Or does it mean that the plan is to rise from the ashes, so we first need to first go down in ashes..and then rise from it???
    May Allah have mercy on our priceless yet abused motherland. Ameen

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  • rameed
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:58PM

    I’ve heard this before. Sounds like electioneering already. Pakistan has the “capacity to resolve its matters and will survive on its own?” Well, this is a highly contentious statement, most especially with Pakistan heavily reliant on foreign aid and loans just to survive each day. Didn’t Pakistan also beg the international community to assist it in last year’s floodings? Unfortunately, Ban Ki-Moon’s appeal failed to raise the US$2 billion needed for reconstruction and rehabilitation. Anyway, if Pakistan could “survive on its own,” it should do away with this so-called “Friends of Democratic Pakistan.” All Pakistani officials should also omit in their speeches such high-sounding constructs like “globalization” and “interdependence.” No wonder SAARC will never take off, since Pakistan believes it can “survive on its own.”

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  • Urooj Hussein
    Aug 14, 2011 - 4:58PM

    Yes PAKISTAN will rise from the ashes to be one of the greatest countries on the face of the earth. And I have no doubt that if & insha-Allah President Asif Ali Zardari can remain at the helm for two terms, he will go down as the most effective & developmental Presidents of Pakistan !

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  • JJ
    Aug 14, 2011 - 5:36PM

    We are living on “HOPES” for last 64 years

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  • Corrigendum
    Aug 14, 2011 - 9:57PM

    Guys! It’s the 65th Independence day and year of independence

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  • Syed Danish
    Aug 15, 2011 - 4:15AM

    Well Done Mr President for giving our Nation hope once again on this auspicious day of independence.Our whole nation is proud of you and believe that completing your tenure remaining 2 years would leave a mark on us that our new generations would never forget.

    Mr President Sir I believe on your next speech you should emphasize on our incompetent structure which is a main hurdle of Pakistan’s development well being and obviously a dying state of democratic understandings of a Local Pakistani.Sir we all believe that you must also be facing supreme issues by dealing with this incompetent group and you must be quite certain of eradicating them or us in a very superior way.

    Sir your speeches have always left a very positive impact on our 70% below average lower Mediocre class as they start hoping for their betterment,I beg u to develop a speech for those 30% Pakistani’s who r trying to run this country with your Govt and they do not see any betterment in the coming future.Please develop a speech for them also. On the whole I wish a very happy independent day to my most beloved president.

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  • ali
    Aug 15, 2011 - 6:43AM

    The CIA agent who came to power to dismember Pakistan..The sooner you go back to your country the better it will be for us..

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  • ali
    Aug 15, 2011 - 6:44AM

    When Allah wants to to destroy a nation HE gives them leaders like Zardari..

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  • Kazim
    Aug 15, 2011 - 8:59AM

    This was bound to happen, in about 18 months time elections are due to take place and thus this presents an excellent opportunity for the PPP led government to bluff people and win their trust for the next term.

    Hope we already have had our lessons!

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Aug 15, 2011 - 10:12AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Mr. president Zordari you are right but would you like to give the positive hope to the whole nation that corruption,jeopardy,nepotism and lawlessness shall be eradicated from whole Pakistan from grass root levels from common man to leadership?If you can do so then this will be the your great benevolence on the nation and Pakistan.

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  • Aug 15, 2011 - 3:36PM

    @ali:
    Please dont be so despondent!

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