JEDDAH/ ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said August 14 celebrations will pass by smoothly in an apparent reference to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's long march scheduled for the same day, Express News reported on Tuesday.
While talking to journalists in Jeddah, the premier said that Independence Day ceremonies will be held during the night of August 13 and the national flag will be hoisted on the morning of August 14.
Further, Nawaz said that a few thousand people cannot derail democracy established in the country by millions of people and that there is no room for slogans and sit-ins in the country.
Nawaz added that a revolution will only come through democracy.
Earlier, as the nation celebrated Eidul Fitr with religious fervour, the prime minister paid tribute to the Pakistan Army soldiers fighting against terrorists in North Waziristan and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Big Eid congregations were held across the country amid tight security. Army Chief General Raheel Sharif also arrived in North Waziristan to celebrate Eid with his soldiers.
In his Eid message, President Mamnoon Hussain urged the nation to share the joys of Eid with the underprivileged sections of society and the IDPs. His wife, Begum Mehmooda, also called upon the women of the country to celebrate Eid with simplicity and express solidarity with the displaced families.
National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi extended warm greetings to the parliamentarians and fellow countrymen.
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I feel pity for those Pakistani who voted them to power and MPs who give vote of confidence where as their leader Nawaz Sharif and Zardari spend Eid with there mentors-KSA,UAE,&USA.
@Fifa Guru: I almost read this name as Gullu Butt. Ms White is a pretty girl so no need to be jealous. As far as the other corrupt crooks defaulters thieves of rigged elections is concerned. There are plenty of @lifafa Gurus around to support and be part of their corruption
@Abid P. Khan: Yes, good idea.
But it's not the fact that he has a flat in Mayfair that I care about. It's how he got the funds to buy it. Were the funds transferred from pakistan through legal means, and was the right amount of tax paid on these? Answers I fear we will never get. Mian sahib's son also runs a property business in london, Flagship enterprises. Anyone can check "companies house" website in UK and pay £10 to get summary accounts for this company - they clearly show Hasan nawaz as a director of the company.
Before the elections, many PMLN reps on talk shows were saying Hasan nawaz borrowed the money from banks or took a mortgage to buy the first property in london for his business. However, having lived in london and got a mortgage, I know for a fact that banks will not lend you money until you have a deposit and can provide evidence of your earnings and satisfy the bank that you are capable of paying off the mortgage. As far as I know, hasan nawaz neither had a job or already set up in business in London to satisfy these conditions. In fact, the company accounts for one year show that hasan nawaz also personally lent Flagship enterprises about £100,000 one year. Where did this unemployed youngster get such an amount? Was it lent by his father or family? Again, was it sent through proper channels and was it taxed income?
I've just scratched the surface, if someone was to seriously look into sharif family accounts, you'll find a tangled web of money laundering, and tax evasion.
And the answer to this is not that PTI has failed in KP :)
@SaleemC: You have well counted 1) Impartial electoral commission 2) Strict monitoring of election process 3) Exclusion of all corrupt crooks and defaulters But why have you forgotten the people who vote for corrupt and criminal candidates. Greatest responsibility for a good democracy lies with the people. Do not pass the buck.
@salman: "Of course it will pass by smoothly for King Sharif. He always has the option to retire to London to his park lane apartments in Mayfair and run his multimillion property empire in London"
I may not agree with the title bestowed upon him but it would be much wiser to expose once for all, the reality behind the reports about the Family owning a flat on Park Lane, Mayfair, (neighbouring Playboy Club). The Tribune ought to commission a reliable investigative journalist for a write-up dealing with this matter. The article based on dependable information, obtained from the local municipal records office, would lay bare the facts. All information, being publicly available, could be digitally accessed from any point in the world, by anyone with a keyboard.
The presentation ought to include major known big fish on the Paki scene covering political leaders, ex-and present militarymen, businessmen, Maulanas and others the ET readers may find interesting. Obviously, it would be relevant not only to know the sums paid but who was used as a "frontman" for the payment.
Seriously being in Makkah and Medina in the last ten days is considered to be a vacation comparable to being on the beach relaxing? If he is the PM that takes away his right to ibaadat?
"pass by smoothly"!? Thats a lot of wishful thinking by the PM. I voted PMLn but I will protest against the policies of this govt.- primarily the collection of taxes based on the whims of a deranged Finance minister and the sub-contracting of the said collection to criminals. ( among other things). It is not a vote for Imran K but it will become one in the next election if PMLn does not get some normal folks in the cabinet
@asim: Should ask Imran Khan too who is out of country too, enjoying life in UK. I guess we will soon hear about another terion white
Mr. Nawaz your days are numbered since the educated people of this country have decided to get rid of you since you are part of the problem not the solution! Eid Mubarik :)
One thing which noon league fundamentally forgets. These elections were rigged as a consequence of this most members elected in Parliament are there through fraud. Which means the elections in context of elected members is null and void
Therefore in order to have Democracy the pre- requisite must be:
1) Impartial electoral commission 2) Strict monitoring of election process 3) Exclusion of all corrupt crooks and defaulters
This will make a good start to exclude the dictators Protégé NS
From europe it seems incredible how a leader of 180million people goes abroad to celebrate end of ramadan with his "friends". This is whilst around 2million displaced people are in the refugee camps. I guess the cost of the flight to saudi was paid by the pakistan tax payer? Oh talking of that, does Nawaz Sharif pay any Tax?
@asim: He didn't go to KSA to indulge in debauchery , did he ?
Would you prefer costume parties in London??!
Of course Independence day celebrations will pass smoothly and carried out in a dignified manner as due..... Inshallah
The haters and sabotagers bringing Soonami to Pakistan on independence day will be defeated....and left collecting chanda overseas!
Dear PM. Come to Pakistan first and then give the statements!
We are coming . Be Ready .
ALL OUR PAKISTANI BROTHERS & SISTERS "EID MUBARAQ"
Thank you Mr PM for Paying tribute all the way from Saudi Arabia. It was really helpful. Pakistanis are bursting with joy
Tribute, while relaxing out of country...hypocrisy on its height.
@asim: But it would have been okay to go to a costume party in London, right?
Dear Mr PM, after you have feasted in roast lamb with your Saudi friends, do you think you can make time to visit our troops on the front lines (like Obama, Cameron, and Merkel etc do)?
They are away from their families, fighting and dying for Pakistan, and ensuring the security of your life and plentiful assets.
The same applies to ALL our "politicians" - go to the front and support the troops.
Shameful that he is in Saudi Arabia for the last ten days while Pakistan is fighting the fight for its surrival. Shameful he doesnt care if people are displaced in the millions and starving and without electricity on eid.