Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday reiterated the resolve to carry forward, with dedication, verve and energy, the great mission entrusted upon the nation by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The premier stated this in his message to the nation on the birth anniversary of the father of the nation. “Quaid’s vision, dedicated orientation and tenacity of action carved out a distinct niche in the new emerging world of political realities not experienced before,” said Nawaz.
He said, “With uncanny virtuosity Jinnah navigated uncharted waters and succeeded in wresting out a homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent.”
“The Quaid was not only a leader winning us independence but he also charted the future course of action for Pakistan. He wanted Pakistanis to prosper as a liberal democratic polity unhindered by shackles of bigoted ideas and arbitrary authority.
“He wanted judicious exercise of the will of people as reposed in representative institutions. He trusted the democratic will of the people and considered it the ultimate wisdom.
President in Ziarat
President Mamnoon Hussain, while addressing a ceremony at Ziarat Residency, said it is time for the nation to set aside all the reservations and support the political and military leadership in the fight against the enemy of the State.
“We have started a fresh combat against the enemy. We would follow the footprints of Jinnah in this difficult and sensitive situation of the country,” he said. “I am happy to be at Ziarat Residency on this day and congratulate the Balochistan government which restored the residency in the short span of time.”
Hussain said the nation will prove that they will never bow down before any terrorist group. “The people of Pakistan have sacrificed a lot during this fight against terrorism. The government is not ignorant about these crucial sacrifices.”
Development of Balochistan
Hussain said the federal government has made a massive plan for stabilising the economy of Pakistan in general and Balochistan in particular. “Pakistan and China are soon going to start the project to link Gwadar with Kashgar via road and railway. It is an unusual project in this region.”
He said the project will change the fate of people of Balochistan and will address their economic problems. “I assure the people of Balochistan that all the projects will be carried out according to the wishes of the Baloch people.”
The president said he is aware about the reservations of Baloch people regarding this project. “The people of Balochistan will be the first beneficiary of these projects and no such decision would be made against the will of the people.”
“China is willing to support Pakistan for the construction of 4,000 kilometre long highway to connect Gwadar to Kashgar, China and Karachi. The Karachi-Lahore motorway was part of the same project.”
Published in The Express Tribune, December 26th, 2014.
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