August 14 is a day of thanksgiving and rejoicing. On this day, we renew our pledge not to forget the Model Town martyrs, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri said on Thursday.
In a message, Qadri said that Pakistan came into being through the struggle and sacrifices of Muslims of the subcontinent. “Pakistan came into being after the efforts and sacrifices of the poor of the country. Once again, it is them who will bring prosperity to the country,” he said.
Qadri said that the days of the current government were numbered. “On this historic day, we pledge to continue our struggle for ensuring a dignified status for the poor of the country. Pakistan was created with a vision that the citizens will live in peace and tranquility without any distinction of creed, class and colour. However, a handful of billionaire politicians have taken over the control of the country and continue to buy their way forward,” he said.
He said that the PAT would continue its struggle for the implementation of the policies championed by the Quaid-i-Azam. “PAT workers and its leaders will not hesitate to render more sacrifices for the restoration of the rights of the poor as advocated by the Quaid-i-Azam,” he said.
He said the objectives set at the birth of Pakistan had not been achieved yet. “We need to unite and oust the corrupt rulers so that equal opportunities are provided to all citizens in accordance with the vision of the founding fathers,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2015.