ISLAMABAD: While saying that the media should promote a positive image of Pakistan, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said on Monday that no one practices human rights as much as Pakistan does.
Speaking to the media at the Independence Day seminar, “Pehchaan Pakistan”, held by Express Media Group in Islamabad, Ashraf said, “While the media portrays the masked face of a bomber, it should also show faces of people who spread positivity in Pakistan.”
Recalling an incident when a foreign embassy’s representative visited his village, he said, “She [the representative] saw my village questioned me if anyone had been taught about human rights there. I pointed at a farmer working grazing the pastures and told her that he will explain her how we practice human rights.”
The premier said that he had called him and had told him to quote poet Mian Muhammad’s couplet to the embassy representative which translated as: “Raze down mosques and temples, but never destroy a person’s heart as God resides in it.”
‘Pakistan is our identity’
Speaking on the importance of independence, the prime minister said that “Our identity is Pakistan – it has been like this since its formation and will remain the same till the end of times – we can never have a substitute replacing this.”
He said that when the people who move abroad to earn livelihood die, their bodies are brought back to their native areas in order to bury them. Ashraf said this highlighted the importance of land being an individual’s identity.
‘Freedom is attained by democracy, not force’
Prime Minister Ashraf said that freedom is attained by democracy and not force. He said that many freedom fighters took up militancy to fight for the cause of freedom, but could not succeed until they had the masses backing them.
By the end of his speech, Ashraf announced a reward of Rs1 million to Shafay Thobani for his achievement of becoming the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS).