President Asif Ali Zardari. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the dark forces of extremism, militancy and sectarianism are posing a serious challenge to the integrity of the nation, but no one will be allowed to endanger its existence.

The President, in a message on the Defence Day of Pakistan, said that Pakistan was a moderate, tolerant and peaceful nation, where political choices were made by the ballot.

“Let us, therefore, pledge that we will never allow anyone to endanger our existence as a moderate, tolerant and peaceful nation,” he said.

Stressing an urgent need for clarity of purpose and national unity to confront the challenges, the President said that the demonstration of unprecedented cohesion among the people, singularity of purpose at the national level and valour of the armed forces made September 6, a memorable day in the national calendar.

He said that on this day in 1965 the people from all over Pakistan and representing all shades of opinion joined hands in standing behind the valiant armed forces in thwarting aggression.

“The commemoration of September 6 revives our spirits and strengthens our resolve to defend the country against all kinds of threats and to be always prepared for any sacrifice for its integrity and honour.”

President Zardari said, “We salute the people for their show of unity, the armed forces for their courage to defend the country and also pay homage to our martyrs, who laid down their lives in upholding the honour of the country.”

The President also paid homage to the great sons and daughters, who laid down their lives in defending the national frontiers.

“They sacrificed their lives so that we lived in freedom. They did not die in vain,” the President said and reiterated the pledge to revive the spirit of unity of September 1965 in confronting the new challenges.


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MAK
Sep 05, 2012 01:34pm
Mr. Zardari, to lead a nation a leader must have confidence of the nation, that confidence is earned through personal integrity - that seems to be lacking.
Tuglaq
Sep 06, 2012 12:17pm
Mr. Faiz you make no sense ----"approximately the ratio of religious riots in India is high"? "sectarian violence is also higher"? "Minorities have been badly crushed"? Can you differentiate between fact and opinions? The debatable part is the only fact there is in your argument. This level of critical thinking is why India is moving ahead of Pakistan. Keep it up. The partisan Indians love it. This is also the reason why you are the "sheep" and the mullahs are the "shepards". Take to the streets to fight for the rights of the Rohingyas while your brethern are slaughtered in your own country. And you blame America for your troubles!
Tuglaq
Sep 05, 2012 02:46pm
Dream on! I am sure you would like it to be. Compare Pakistan with other south asian rivals, maybe close. Otherwise, compare any unbiased economic growth rates, quality of living indices, minority representation, education levels, opportunity for improvement, etc. etc. and Pakistan falls far short of any indices.
anees
Sep 06, 2012 01:45pm
Something is missing in the heading - it should be like this " President vows not to allow anyone endanger Pakistan’s existence EXCEPT himself."
G. Thind
Sep 05, 2012 11:47pm
Pakistan does not need foreign objects to explode - it's in the process of imploding.
Yousuf
Sep 05, 2012 02:24pm
existing setup is more than enough to do this job!
FactCheck
Sep 05, 2012 12:41pm
Great, what is he going to about from the inside? Most of the problems facing Pakistan comes from the inside of Pakistan
C S Malhotra
Sep 05, 2012 01:12pm
President Zardari says that Pakistan is a moderate, tolerant and a peaceful nation where political choices are through the ballot..Zardari does notseem to know the history of Pakistan. Change of Government by the military is routine. Killing of innocent people, women, children and minorities, incluiding various sects of muslims is the order of the day.I amazed at Zardari's ignorance.or naive.Today, Pakistan ia fighting with itself. Where is the questiion of it being a moderate, tolerant and peaceful nation.
S. M. ALI
Sep 05, 2012 02:02pm
I'm happy to know that you are also as much concerned as the rest of us are. I'm in Islamabad believe me my heart bleeds when I hear day in and day out the plunder which is going on under the garb of democracy. Keep up the awareness and inshallah retribution will come.
Ali Shallwani
Sep 05, 2012 11:49pm
Did i read it correctly? - Zardari will not allow anyone to endanger the existence of Pakistan! If that is the case, he better plan to rid the country of himself - as he is the main cause of Pakistan being in the mess it is in. If he stop stealing money and have thugs running the country, Pakistan will continue to exist. No leader in the world has so many criminal charges pending, and yet are ruling the country. Pakistan Zindabad!!!!
Amjad Wyne
Sep 05, 2012 10:21pm
May God protect Pakistan from its leaders - Ameen.
azam
Sep 05, 2012 12:33pm
person who do not follow the rules him self how nation will follow
Humayun Faiz
Sep 05, 2012 03:01pm
Mr. Malhotra let me ask about the ratio of religious riots of both country? Approximately it is very high in India; the sectarian violence is also higher in India than in Pakistan. Minorities have been badly crushed in the secular India. The rest of question regarding Military is debatable. In both countries Military Bureaucracy is taking maximum part of our GDP on the name Deterrence. To malign each other’s character would not be the solution. The question is what should we do for the peace in the region. Change by ballot in Pakistan will strengthen the harmony in the sub-continent and rest of the region. President Zardari is not ignorant but indeed he has told about the future prognosis.
Iqbal Khan
Sep 05, 2012 03:42pm
He wants to keep this Destroying Pakistan portfolio with him which is why he wants other people to keep away from this job.make sense.
Malak Ghulam
Sep 05, 2012 04:08pm
All is well till Democracy last. After that No more Rights for the Common Citizens of Pakistan. Correct?
Dr satpal Jabbal
Sep 05, 2012 03:17pm
MANY WILL SAY THAT HE IS THE DANGER.
totu Canada
Sep 05, 2012 01:26pm
You are absolute right .
Robert
Sep 05, 2012 01:10pm
Moderate, tolerant, and peaceful ? Who are you kidding ?
Reader
Sep 05, 2012 02:50pm
you are absolutely right. These politicians only utter words as if the public doesn't understand. Why is the govt unable to stop voilence in Lyari considering that they supporters of PPP? Simply to create fear amongst the public and to show their party's importance although it shows that they don't have control over its own party supporters let alone controling the govt. Incompetence at its top.
Saeed Bokhari
Sep 06, 2012 01:22am
This man is a perpetual liar as he is slow poisoning Pakistan.
Faiza G R Bhatt
Sep 05, 2012 01:26pm
except for change of government by military, pakistan is no different from your india :-)
brahmin
Sep 05, 2012 03:58pm
Dear Faiza abosultely right india was ruled by dictators like Zia ul Haque and then Musharaff and so on.