Islamabad September 10, 2017: Former President Asif Ali Zardari has asked the people to reaffirm their commitment to making Pakistan a democratic, progressive and a welfare driven and liberal state instead of one that is guided either by theocracy or driven by paranoid.
He made this call in a message on the eve of the death anniversary of father of nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah tomorrow on Monday September 11, 2017.
Welfare of the people is the best way to ensure national integration, social cohesion and consequently the security of the country, he said in the message.
On the eve of Quaid’s death anniversary we reiterate the pledge to adhere to the principles of the state laid down by the Quaid himself, the former President said.
Today, more than ever before, we need a narrative that rejects the militant ideology and inculcates a spirit of tolerance and dissent, he said.
“Fighting the militant mindset calls for freedom of expression embedded in the law to freely propagate alternate narratives. It calls for building an intellectual infrastructure resting on the foundations of free inquiry, free debate not only in academic institutions but as a way of life”.
The former President also paid homage to those who laid down their lives and rendered huge sacrifices for the achievement of Pakistan as well for preserving democracy and constitutionalism and in fighting the militancy.