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President Asif Ali Zardari—AP Photo
President Asif Ali Zardari. — Photo by AP

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari expressed apprehensions on Monday about ‘new forms of assault on the Constitution and parliament’.

In his Independence Day message, he said “the people and parliament must be watchful against such assaults on the Constitution and parliament,” without mentioning the forces posing the threat.

He said Pakistan’s founding fathers had envisioned it as a country where democracy, constitutionalism and rule of law would reign supreme and where the power of the ballot, and not bullet, would determine the political choices of the people.

“The restoration of the Constitution by all political forces and provinces raises a hope that despite setbacks we will revert to our true bearings and restore to Pakistan the values and ideals for which it was created.

“Let us on this day rededicate ourselves to the democratic ideals and principles of the Quaid-i-Azam. Adherence to the principle that political choices must be made by ballot, and not imposed through bullet, demands that we banish from our midst all forms of bigotry, extremism and militancy.”

He called for working together for strengthening democracy, empowering the people and making Pakistan a progressive, tolerant, moderate and modern country as envisioned by national leaders.

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MA Mian Aug 14, 2012 10:01am
"Constitutionalism and rule of law should reign supreme" means all the people of Pakistan including the president and all the parliamentarians are under the law and No one is above the law. And who is going to interpret the law the Supreme Court of Pakistan and not the provincial governors, law minister or the attorney general. So Mr President follow the law for Pakistan's sake. I f there is no Pakistan there is no people's party.
Ahmed Aug 14, 2012 09:02am
Isn't two laws - One for the rich and ruling elite and other for the poor ordinary citizen itself violation of Pakistani original constituation and Islamic values.
naeem Syed Aug 14, 2012 02:42pm
He is absolutely right. The founding fathers of this country had never envisioned the like of ZAB! BB and now AAZ would do to this country and with more of his progeny to come, God help us. It's true we have to be vigilant and it's heartening to see that the SC is living up to it's constitutional duty by stepping in every time there is an attempt to subvert the constitution.
Honest Belief Aug 14, 2012 05:26pm
First of all, what is Billawal Bhutto (Chairman of PPP) doing in Jeddah on an official tour with Asif Zardari. This is a misuse of power and public funds. First the President should be held accountable, as is the case in most countries.
hamayun khan Aug 14, 2012 09:15pm
zardari u have given bad name to ppp
Shafi Aug 14, 2012 10:00pm
Mr President, people would listen if you 'do what you say'. Abide by the law and the constitution in words and deeds instead of adding amendments and promulgating laws to safeguard your party members.