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Pakistan's future lies in continuation of democracy, says PM

Published Aug 14, 2012 06:23am


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Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf chairing the PPP parliamentary party meeting at Prime Minister's House. INP PHOTO
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf . INP File PHOTO

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Tuesday said that democracy was the most effective system and that the future of Pakistan depended on it, DawnNews reported.

Addressing the August 14 flag hoisting ceremony at the Convention Centre Islamabad, Prime Minister Ashraf said that the Pakistan movement was a perfect example of a democratic and constitutional struggle for independence.

“The freedom movement is a best example of democratic and constitutional struggle which proved to nations of the world that democracy is embedded in blood of Muslims,” he said.

He said that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto had sacrificed their lives for their democratic ideas.

The prime minister said that the democratically-elected government of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) had achieved several financial and political targets.

Referring to some of the achievements of the democratic government in the last four years, the prime minister said in these four years the size of the Public Sector Development Programme has expanded from 416 billion rupees to the level of 873 billion rupees and the remittances from foreign countries crossed 13 billion dollars.

“We are proud that in the last four years we made prominent achievements and with the grace and benevolence of Allah today roots of democracy are strong in Pakistan,” he said.

The Prime Minister said it will be not undue to give credit of the success to visionary leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari.

Prime Minister Ashraf said that “although, I come from a humble background and was an ordinary worker of the PPP, my party chose me for the top most public office of the country…I am proud of it and thankful to the party.”

Extending an offer of dialogue to all political parties for reconciliation and hold fair, free and impartial elections, the Prime Minister hoped that the political leaders by realizing national responsibility would cooperate with the government.

The prime minister said for holding an impartial and transparent next general election, “we are taking the opposition into confidence, and for this we have taken a start from the consensus appointment of Chief Election Commissioner.”

He said, “We want an impartial and transparent election, so that transfer of power takes place in a democratic way, which would be a big success for the continuity of democracy in the country.”

He moreover said that the problem in Balochistan was that the province's issues had not been addressed properly by the previous governments. “Balochistan domicile holders can now work in the federal government…we have taken steps to negotiate with the Baloch leadership and we hope that all parties in the province would take part in the next elections,” the premier said.

The prime minister said President Asif Ali Zardari has sought forgiveness from Baloch people and the government initiated Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan to end sense of deprivation of Balochistan and considerably increased financial resources of the province through 7th NFC award.

He said the federal government will bear the financial expenses for 5,000 jobs of Balochi youth for five years instead of three years and one billion rupees have been allocated for the rehabilitation of people who were uprooted from their homes in Dera Bugti.

“Baloch people are patriotic people...but the government would sternly deal with those who with the help of foreign agencies are involved in acts of terrorism,” the prime minister reiterated.

He said that devolution of powers to the provinces through the passage of the 18th Amendment was a significant step taken by the government.

Prime Minister Ashraf said that for the first time in the country's history and under the PPP-led coalition government, elected representatives had been included in the formulation of the country's foreign policy.

He said that the government wanted the resolutions to the issues of Afghanistan and Kashmir in accordance with the United Nations' resolutions.

Speaking on minority rights in the country, the prime minister said that the government had taken various steps to socially and financially facilitate religious minorities.

The prime minister concluded his speech by congratulating the people on the country's 66th Independence Day.


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Comments (25) Closed

Cyrus Howell Aug 14, 2012 12:27pm
Pakistan’s future lies in continuation of democracy, says PM "Just stick with us and we will see you through. It's that easy."
Keti Zilgish Aug 14, 2012 12:14pm
I disagree. Not only the Pakistani state but no state anywhere in the world has any future and the sooner we realize that and begin thinking and building (organizing) the institutions that these miserable states can be replaced by the better it will be. Breaking Pakistan into a few more states would be like jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
W. Malik Aug 14, 2012 01:20pm
First build the foundation of democracy: SELF-GOVT at local level.
Cyrus Howell Aug 14, 2012 12:32pm
That is the essential question.
dieheartedpakistani Aug 14, 2012 10:49am
i honestly feel pakistan's future lies in the independence of baluchistan , sindh,pakhtunistan.
SacchaJhootha Aug 14, 2012 11:51am
i agree.
Cyrus Howell Aug 14, 2012 12:28pm
You can have dictatorship if you'd like. It's a free country.
Shahzad Aug 14, 2012 07:12am
May i ask my ordinary prime minster to please comment on what the army chief said, "All institutes including army responsible for crises". Very truly he will reply "All institutes including army responsible for great achievements". This means crises is equal to acheivements, this only happens in Pakistan.
Israr Aug 14, 2012 07:27am
What about the other several million people who also happen to live in Pakistan? Where does there future lie?
Hamadullah Aug 14, 2012 07:41am
Indeed Pakistan’s future lies in continuation of democracy, when public is educated enough to analyze what is right for Pakistan and What's wrong. A crowd of people who sells his/her vote/pride/Pakistan for Rs 500 per vote does not know the power of democracy.
M. Asghar Aug 14, 2012 10:42am
To hear that only the Buttos are the backbone for everything significant in Pakistan, sums up well the utter lack of historical perspectiveof these people.
AkeenReader Aug 14, 2012 08:07am
These politicians talk about democracy but don't relly know the meaning of this word. They are joining the same band wagon like the West & US about preaching democracy.
Zaffar Iqbal Aug 14, 2012 08:39am
Dear People of Pakistan Democracy???? in Pakistan means Demolishing of innocent lives (Bomb blasting, Target Killing, Inflation, ) Happy Demolishing Day
Ahtasham Aug 14, 2012 09:24am
How can we put Pakistan future on corrupt politician as well corrupt Government on which they are now????
SacchaJhootha Aug 14, 2012 10:45am
minimum 15 years to recover if pakistan immidiately gets rid of those individuals who want to enforce sharia law. i think balochistan is a lost case. by 2015 there will be a new partition on bangladesh lines.
NASAH (USA) Aug 14, 2012 09:49am
Ashraf like Gilani is reinventing the wheel.
Khan Aug 14, 2012 01:25pm
ideologyspeaks Aug 14, 2012 03:12pm
Democracy brings development. As long as democratic institutions remain unbiased, any country can grow beyond its potential.
rabia Aug 14, 2012 03:53pm
“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”
rabia Aug 14, 2012 03:55pm
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
mak Aug 14, 2012 05:48pm
I wish and pray to Allah it come true soon and work together InshaAllah.
Hassan Aug 14, 2012 10:27pm
couldn't agree more, (overseas Pakistani)
Hassan Aug 14, 2012 10:39pm
There is a great Time lag between the rest of the world and my beloved country; I wonder is there a way to remove this time lag between the attitude of our Politicians and the Politicians of other countries? until we don't do that we will go round and round and round; to begin with at least we should start moving forward instead of reverse. at least we should start by identifying day as day and night as night.
MAA Aug 14, 2012 11:50pm
Democracy at the expense of hyper high inflation , no justice for the poor, organized crime, looting of national treasury by MP's and corruptions.