Independence Day celebrations: PM vows to protect democracy at all costs

Published: August 14, 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

ISLAMABAD: 

As he kicked off Independence Day celebrations in the federal capital late Wednesday night, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed that his government would protect democracy at any cost and ensure the rule of law in the country.

In his speech at an impressive Independence Day ceremony at the premises of the Parliament House, the premier urged the nation to build Pakistan as a democratic, moderate and progressive country, “in accordance with the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.”

“I felicitate the nation, I once again call upon every Pakistani to stand firm and united, and work diligently for a progressive, prosperous and peaceful Pakistan,” he said.

Stating that Operation Zarb-e-Azb against militants in the North Waziristan Agency was progressing successfully, the prime minister said the entire nation salutes those martyred in this war. “We will not leave our heroes alone… the entire nation will remember their contribution,” he said. “The nation has full confidence in its armed forces and we can shed the last drop of blood for our country.”

On the international front, the premier reiterated the desire for good ties with India and called for a peaceful resolution to the Kashmir issue. He once again stressed that Pakistan wanted a stable Afghanistan and durable solution to conflict in the country.

Prime Minister Nawaz also condemned Israeli aggression against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and urged the international community to take notice of it. “Institutions like the UN will lose credibility in the eyes of the public if they cannot do anything about such aggression,” he said.

After a prolonged hiatus, the government arranged a ceremony to celebrate the country’s independence this year – a move many have seen as a bid to counter protest marches being organised by PTI and PAT.

A highlight of the ceremony was a special parade by the armed forces of Pakistan for the first time in several years. The parade included a fly past by fighter jets of the Pakistan Air Force.

The ceremony was attended by members of Parliament, the three services chiefs and diplomats, along with other key personalities and officials.

PM to inaugurate Quaid’s residency today

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate today (Thursday) Ziarat Residency, a national monument which was destroyed by terrorists last year.

“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the Ziarat Residency on August 14,” the spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office said on Wednesday. The premier’s visit to the northern district of Balochistan is part of the 30-day celebrations announced by the government to mark the 68th Independence Day.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Magnanimity
    Aug 14, 2014 - 4:13AM

    But Hamza and Salman Shahbaz have quietly left the country. Could you tell us why ?

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  • kulwant singh
    Aug 14, 2014 - 4:36AM

    Happy Independence day to all Pakistanis, and also for peace and prosperity in the two countries.Recommend

  • Dominic Gomes
    Aug 14, 2014 - 6:23AM

    Does he really knows the meaning of “Democracy” if he was a true and genuine politician, yes he would have known the meaning, but unfortunately he is not one and hence will be unable to protect democracy. Look what he has done at Model Town, this is not democracy but hipocracy.

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  • Sami
    Aug 14, 2014 - 7:00AM

    I am depressed. Since years I have celebrated 14 August with love and passion. This time there is fair and uncertainty. I support IK but if PTI chose some other date instead of 14th of August what was bad in that. This day is exclusively for a common Pakistani and all Political parties should respect it. We forget our all differences for some times on Eid days, we should forget our all Political difference on 14th of August. I feel sorry. Happy independence day.

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  • Ali Pakistani
    Aug 14, 2014 - 8:56AM

    What we see today is not democracy Mr. Shareef but an autocracy of a unique style, where the biggest autocrat keep harping the democracy in danger song.
    It is a rule of a family.and its friends.

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  • SJ
    Aug 14, 2014 - 9:40AM

    Today Pakistan is free from all her responsibilities towards minorities. Happy Independence Day.

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  • R Malik
    Aug 14, 2014 - 10:28AM

    Is that you call parade?????????????

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Aug 14, 2014 - 10:39AM

    Why the independence day celebrations are performed in the midnight and only armed forces chiefs,key armed forces officers,ministers and bureaucrats were invited to watch the independence day celebrations and what were the dangers and reservations if independence day celebrations are held in the daylight and with armed forces chiefs,key armed forces officers,ministers,bureaucrats,privileged and elite class’ people common people were also invited?What the new cowardice trend has been set in PML-N’s regime to celebrate independence day celebrations!!!!!!
    @Magnanimity:
    Because Hamza Shehbaz has life security threats and is planning to settle in USA forever…..

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  • Habibi
    Aug 14, 2014 - 10:39AM

    **Happy Independence Day Pakistan

    We belong to same civilization – Just that you have started liking other civilization**

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  • dr j ipu
    Aug 14, 2014 - 10:57AM

    not with your law minter openly taking bribes on tv! you all are a bunch of hypocrties NS, and you stand exposed more than ever! good bye

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  • Usman
    Aug 14, 2014 - 10:57AM

    You don’t have a clue what democracy means, you have learnt much from the Sheikhs of KSA and Bahrain, this is not the Middle East PM sahab, this is Pakistan, and we are democrats and we know how to fight for our rights.

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  • Mamu
    Aug 14, 2014 - 10:58AM

    Happy Independence Day to all Pakistanis.
    I hope that now it is time for Pakistan to become Azad also from the Black sheep’s ruling our country.

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  • Ali-Dubai
    Aug 14, 2014 - 11:38AM

    @Magnanimity:
    Dear, children can’t watch there parents being taken down by masses…That’s why they left the country..

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  • Ranjha
    Aug 14, 2014 - 11:54AM

    In the picture, the pedestal fan seems to have been placed strategically to cool down the PM’s hot seat, set alight by IK!

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  • salman
    Aug 14, 2014 - 12:38PM

    I’ve never seen a pm look so scared and depressed….almost feel sorry for him.

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  • Rex Minor
    Aug 14, 2014 - 12:46PM

    And for how long the army will protect you from the people of Pakistan? You are not entitled to have a military officer to serve you which is the relic of colonial practice?

    Rex Minor

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  • JB
    Aug 14, 2014 - 3:22PM

    Protecting democracy at the cost of democracy! Very nice!

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