Independence Day parade: No compromise on continuation of democracy, vows Nawaz

Published: August 13, 2014
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif delivers a speech during the Independence Day parade. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif delivers a speech during the Independence Day parade. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif delivers a speech during the Independence Day parade. PHOTO: PID Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif (L) and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Independence Parade in Islamabad. PHOTO: EXPRESS NEWS SCREEN SHOT

As the clock struck midnight to usher in the 68th Independence Day of Pakistan, the chief executive of the country stood before the Parliament House in Islamabad and vowed that there will be no compromise on the supremacy of the Constitution, rule of law and continuation of democracy in the country, Express News reported.

Reading out his Independence Day message, the Prime Minister, while admitting that they had fallen short of living up to the Quaid’s ideal, said that they should redeem the pledge to “build Quaid’s Pakistan.”

“We should not forget that Pakistan was the culmination of a long and arduous constitutional struggle. It was made possible only because millions of Muslims exercised the oldest, most basic democratic right – the right to vote for their own future,” he added.

To do this, Nawaz said that the nation “must first reclaim our country from the forces of darkness and obscurantism,” adding that operation Zarb-e-Azb was a step in that direction.

“It was a step taken with great caution, even reluctance, and only after every other option had been exhausted, he added.

Nawaz said that the operation Zarb-e-Azb was not simply a campaign to restore the state’s writ to North Waziristan, which had become a breeding ground for terrorism and extremism, it was a battle for the soul of Pakistan.

At this juncture, the Prime Minister said it was the duty of every patriotic Pakistani to stand behind the armed forces as they fight to keep Quaid’s Pakistan alive. But he warned that this was not the time to sow doubt and confusion as the stakes were simply too high.
Nawaz said that the need of the hour was for unflinching resolve and absolute unity as it was the only language our enemies understand.

“I have no doubt that the people and armed forces of Pakistan will prevail in this struggle. And our victory would bring Pakistan the peace and stability which is a precondition for growth and development.”

Nawaz paid tribute to the sacrifices made by those forced to leave their homes as a result of the operations. He vowed that they will be repatriated as soon as security is returned to those areas.

“Pakistan is a peaceful country, we are struggling to achieve peace with in our country as well as on our borders. We wish for the cordial relations with other countries based on mutual respect, especially with our neighbours.”

Nawaz said that improving relations with neighbouring countries is the focal point of Pakistan’s foreign policy. “We want a peaceful solution to the Kashmir conflict, so Pakistan and India could improve their relations.”

“We also want stable and durable solution in Afghanistan, so the whole region can prosper.”

He said that while safeguarding independence, the country should have moved forward on the path of progress and prosperity but unfortunately our attention was distracted.

The prime minister urged people to express their resolve on the Independence Day not to compromise on supremacy of the constitution, rule of law and continuation of democracy in the country.

A special parade of armed forces and a fly-past ceremony, which used to be a permanent feature in the past, is scheduled to be held in front of the Parliament house in Islamabad, Radio Pakistan reported.

Prime Minister Nawaz, who is the chief guest, arrived at the event where he was greeted by Chief Of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Chiefs of all the tri-services, and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff committee. Members of the Cabinet, and the elected assemblies were also in attendance.

A contingent of soldiers present a guard of honour to the prime minister.

On the occasion, fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and helicopters are expected to participate in the fly-past.

The ceremony is being staged after a gap of three years.

Although the parade ceremony continued to be held at Pakistan Military Academy Kakul each year, this year it was decided that the civilian and military leadership will jointly organise the event in front of Parliament.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Kamran
    Aug 13, 2014 - 11:21PM

    I am the only one who can see a scared PM in a picture?

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  • pakistani
    Aug 13, 2014 - 11:23PM

    Thanks God there is some thing,, why Shows that 14 Agust is our independance day…!! Otherwise Imran Khan angry baba with snatcher approach has spoiled our day…!!

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  • Xman
    Aug 13, 2014 - 11:37PM

    Shame on PTI, first IK was against army operation, then he never uttered a single word of support for the soldiers, whined for Taliban, and now he wants to give a message of a divided nation to the whole world on Pakistan’s independence day. Why couldn’t he pick another date for his fasadi march?

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  • just_someone
    Aug 13, 2014 - 11:39PM

    That is a super awkward picture!

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  • Jibran
    Aug 13, 2014 - 11:43PM

    Flat lie. There was never independence day parade in front of parliament house.

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  • Aug 13, 2014 - 11:43PM

    On the Occasion of Pakistan’s 68th Independence Day, we wanted to take a moment and congratulate the Pakistani nation and its people a Happy Independence Day. As we know, Pakistan is a relatively young country, and it is remarkable to witness all that Pakistan has achieved in such a short time. It is a moment to feel a lot of pride on the accomplishments of the hardworking people and to reflect on the path to improvement. We hope that you all have a memorable Independence Day today.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOM

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  • Jibran
    Aug 13, 2014 - 11:44PM

    PMLN’s approach is to lie so much and so loud that everyone starts believing at least some PAT of it.

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  • Ranjha
    Aug 13, 2014 - 11:48PM

    Lovely body language. The PM looks petrified.Recommend

  • Aug 13, 2014 - 11:59PM

    On the Occasion of Pakistan’s 68th Independence Day, we wanted to take a moment and congratulate the Pakistani nation and its people a Happy Independence Day. As we know, Pakistan is a relatively young country, and it is remarkable to witness all that Pakistan has achieved in such a short time. It is a moment to feel a lot of pride on the accomplishments of the hardworking people and to reflect on the path to improvement. We hope that you all have a memorable Independence Day today.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET – U.S. Central Command

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  • Parvez
    Aug 14, 2014 - 12:06AM

    The whole lot look stiff, glum and uncomfortable………and they are the luck ones who have everything.

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  • jk
    Aug 14, 2014 - 12:10AM

    Happy Independence to every Pakistani. I wish it could have been much better had there be no political turmoil. Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • RKM
    Aug 14, 2014 - 12:13AM

    Chief sb with the stick, and PM sb with that look. Says it all.

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  • Frank
    Aug 14, 2014 - 12:20AM

    What do we have to celebrate on Independence day? The rule of the British was far better than the rule of the Sharifs and Bhuttos – they certainly have a lot to celebrate in the creation of Pakistan!

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  • independent
    Aug 14, 2014 - 12:54AM

    Nawaz sharif sahb is in sad mood. he is really worried about democracy. so called demogauges have made this plight of exploiting poor people.
    we are with you Mr nawaz sharif

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  • Ali
    Aug 14, 2014 - 1:00AM

    Pakistanis will get their true independence today Inshallah

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  • ModiFied
    Aug 14, 2014 - 1:06AM

    I never understand how Pakistan got independence on 14th August and India on 15th when both nations were created simultaneously. Another puzzle is how come Pakistan was free if she was swearing in the name of Queen till 1956 ? Anyway, congratulations and hope we see a peaceful Pakistan soon.

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  • Dominic Gomes
    Aug 14, 2014 - 1:23AM

    Gloomy Faces, True Democracy will come when Nawaz Shareef is dethroned. Nawaz Shareef knows his time has come today.

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  • Blithe
    Aug 14, 2014 - 1:36AM

    Happy Independence Day!
    Pakistan Zindabad!

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  • Muhammad Hassan Quraishi
    Aug 14, 2014 - 1:38AM

    PM Nawaz Shareef should be given full term. He was the one who managed the Indian PM arrival on bus and bow down at Minar e Pakistan.

    Inshallah under his leadership Pakistan will be from energy crisis and emerge as Asian tiger!

    Happy Independence Day!

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  • Muhammad Hassan Quraishi
    Aug 14, 2014 - 1:38AM

    PM Nawaz Shareef should be given full term. He was the one who managed the Indian PM arrival on bus and bow down at Minar e Pakistan.

    Inshallah under his leadership Pakistan will be from energy crisis and emerge as Asian tiger!

    Happy Independence Day!

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  • Rex Minor
    Aug 14, 2014 - 1:48AM

    I guess no one will squable with the Prime Minister’s comments, but will question his military buddy sitting next to him. Can anyone imagine Mr Obama sitting next to some one from the man in khaki?

    Rex Minor

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  • Aug 14, 2014 - 2:17AM

    Emperor Nawaz need to grow a beard. His little brother
    need to grow a beard. Hamza need to grow a beard.
    Maryam need to wear hijab, Kalsoom need to wear Hijab.

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  • Omar Sheikh
    Aug 14, 2014 - 3:30AM

    Where was the person named Mamnoon also happens to be President of Pakistan at the Parade- any clue? Umrah?

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  • kala_bacha
    Aug 14, 2014 - 3:37AM

    why there is so much darkness in the background? Since when we Pakistani celebrating independence day in “darkness”

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  • hina
    Aug 14, 2014 - 11:15AM

    @Kamran:
    me too

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