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Political leaders desire strong democracy in Pakistan: Ashraf

July 21, 2012


Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. — File Photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday said he would contact the political leadership of the country to solicit their views on matters of national importance at an appropriate time.

“All political leaders are pro-Pakistan and genuinely desire that the country should march on a trajectory of peace, prosperity and stability, under a strong democratic system,” he told APP here at the PM House.

The prime minister, to a question, said he would not hesitate for a moment to consult the political leaders on any issue of national importance.

He said the politicians of the country know the “art of possible” and added that the recent unanimous selection of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) was the physical manifestation of their acumen and commitment, through democratic practices.

“Together we would overcome the challenges, with the same spirit, in future as well,” said Ashraf.

The prime minister said Pakistani politicians have learned from history and they are not going to repeat the same mistakes, come what may.

Terming political continuity of paramount importance, the prime minister said it was vital to achieve political stability in the country as it would also generate desirable economic prosperity and social integration.

He said democracy in Pakistan was strong and stable, because the people of Pakistan were fully convinced that solution to all ills was in pursuing a strong democratic setup.

He said democracy was at the heart of ideological and intellectual foundations of Pakistan and the country's history vindicates it beyond any shadow of doubt.

The prime minister said the edifice of democratic dispensation in Pakistan was fortified by a robust civil society, free media and assertive human rights organisations.

He said all the stakeholders believe that solution of the problems facing the masses lies in strengthening the democracy and not by depriving the people from their right of choice, as the ultimate arbiters.

Ashraf said the days of usurping the rights of the people have gone and those who are still day-dreaming, have a serious problem with sense and proportion, and therefore have no relevance.

“Their political redundancy is inevitable,” the prime minister said. He said the current democratic era in the country was passing through an evolution and a degree of ups and downs were inevitable, but was optimistic that the system would get stable, with the passage of time.

He said the holding of two to three general elections in the country would make a qualitative difference in stabilizing democracy in Pakistan. He expressed confidence in the capabilities of the political leadership of the country and said they would stand as one if they foresaw any danger to democracy in the country.