As the nation celebrates Pakistan Day, President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have said the day is not far away when Pakistan would become an economically strong and prosperous country.
In his message, the president said the demand of a separate homeland for Muslims of the sub-continent has proved to be politically correct over time.
He said human rights violations in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and persecution of minorities in India are sufficient grounds to believe that the Muslim leadership of that time had clearly visualised what was in store for the Muslims if they remained at the mercy of Hindu majority in undivided India.
In his message, the premier underscored the need to adhere to the principles of unity, faith and discipline given by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and to rededicate ourselves to development of Pakistan as a truly democratic welfare state on the model of Riyasat-e-Madina.
He said the incumbent government has brought in long-term reforms and initiatives to alleviate poverty and promote justice.
Imran said the government’s focus remains on the marginalised segments of the society to provide them equal opportunities.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhary Fawad Hussain also reiterated that Pakistan’s economy is growing and renewed commitment to make Pakistan a great nation following the footsteps of our elders.
In his message on Pakistan Day, he said convening of the 48th meeting of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad on the occasion of its 75th anniversary this year was a clear demonstration of Pakistan’s key role in the Muslim world.
“The secret of Pakistan’s development and stability lies in democracy,” he added.