Asif Ali Zardari — Dawn File Photo
Asif Ali Zardari — Dawn File Photo

“The Quaid stood for democracy, honouring the mandate of the people and constitutionalism.  Let there be no doubt or mistake about it. Numerous speeches and press talks of the Quaid and above all his address of Aug 11, 1947 bear witness to this. Countless lives were sacrificed for the achievement of these ideals including that of the country’s first directly elected prime minister, shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and the Muslim world’s first woman prime minister, shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

However, for the most part the people were denied the right to rule and the constitution repeatedly abrogated. Worse still, its abrogation was endorsed by our most honorable judges.

Those who abrogated the constitution and those who abetted its abrogation have done the country a lasting disservice and must apologise to the people.

The Quaid also envisaged Pakistan as a country where respect for the ballot, not fear of the bullet, would decide political issues.

Today, unfortunately, some religious extremists are seeking to impose their own narrow agenda through violence. Adherence to the Quaid’s ideals demands that we defeat them, the sooner the better.

The restoration of the constitution raises our hopes that despite setbacks we will revert to our true bearings and restore to Pakistan the values for which it was created.

We must avenge the enemies of democracy and the constitution through more democracy.”

- Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan and co-chairman, Pakistan People’s Party

Updated Aug 13, 2012 08:20am

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Milton
Aug 15, 2012 09:20am
No Sir, you are using the opportunity to misguide the people of Pakistan. Learn about democracy . It is never too late. In all democracies the people know who their leader will be before voting. Did you know? You failed people. You are playing roulette with the constitution, as did your father-in-law. ZAB highhandedly destroyed the country by not accepting the democratic vote of the people of Pakistan. If he did the East would not be a separate entity. Let us admit it before we move any further forward from here. Go on be a good chap and get the facts right. Milton