|PM warns against dividing nation|
23 August 2012
GUJAR KHAN: Pakistan and its people should be served well and not be divided in the name of religion, politics, region, areas and languages.
Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said this while addressing a gathering on Eid-ul-Fitr at his home. It was his first visit to his hometown after becoming prime minister
“Let us get together for Islam and Pakistan. Our routes can be different, but our objective is one,” he remarked. “Love and harmony is the need of the hour in Pakistan. Hatred has given us nothing in the last 66 years,” Ashraf remarked and called for promoting the politics of decency — a politics of manifestos and programmes and not accusing and abusing each other.
He said, “democracy is the panacea for all the ills being faced by the country and what we, as a nation, need is democracy, more democracy and even more democracy.
He said that the general elections were quite near and the people should gear up for them. He remarked that the real power lay with the masses who would decide the democratic future of the country and the fate of political parties. “The vote of the people will be the real decider,” he observed and said, “let us wait for them.”
The prime minister said that the masses always stood by the PPP at every critical juncture. He said that he had passed through many disquieting vicissitudes in his political career but his friends, workers and the people of his constituency not only stood by him but also bolstered his morale and confidence in difficult times. “This persistent support and unflinching steadfastness speaks volumes about the love of the people for the PPP. He remarked that the workers, activists and leaders of the PPP had greater resilience, fortitude and stoicism than those of other political parties in the country. He said that the PPP was another name of sacrifice and love. “It is the great exponent of democracy as it has rendered sacrifices for democracy,” he remarked.
Praising the role of President Asif Ali Zardari, he posed the question whether anybody would like to have his powers curtailed. He said that President Asif Ali Zardari did so and delegated his powers to the prime minister and parliament and that too on his own accord, without any duress, pressure or fear whereas his predecessor, General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, had indulged in personal aggrandisement.
Expressing his gratitude to the party leadership, Mr Raja said that Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and the PPP honoured a humble worker like him with the premiership. He added that the PPP co-chairman, in fact, adorned the brow of the Potohar region with this honour. He vowed that he would maintain this honour come what may.
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said that the PPP had a long tradition of bestowing honours on its workers. He said that it was not the first occasion that he was rewarded for his political role and struggle that for the cause of democracy and the PPP.
Speaking about the role of the Pak forces, the prime minister said that Pakistan’s defence was impegnable. A terrorist attack was launched on Kamra airbase by the enemies of Pakistan and it was not only effectively foiled but the assailants had been eliminated, he said, and added that no one should be in any doubt about the invincibility of the country’s defence mechanism.
Earlier, after his arrival at Sangar House at about 11:00am, the prime minister mixed with the common people who had come from far and wide in the Potohar region and exchanged Eid greetings.
Agencies add: Earlier, Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kaiyani, Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, ambassadors of foreign countries based in Islamabad, JUI (F) leader Senator Moulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and Senator Heman Dass and PPP workers called on Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf at the PM House.
Meanwhile, the prime minister exchanged Eid greetings during his telephonic conversation with former prime minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, AJK Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed, Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Barrister Syed Masood Kausar, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Pir Pagara, JUI (F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Latif Khosa Governor Punjab, Asfandyar Wali of the ANP, Altaf Hussain chief of the MQM and senior PPP leader Aftab Shaban Mirani, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain head of the PML(Q) and Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, deputy prime minister.
Meanwhile, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain called on the prime minister and briefed him on the current energy situation in the country and challenges being faced in this regard.
He informed Pervez Ashraf that Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations were supplying gas during the Eid holidays without any break so as to facilitate the people.
Later, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf hosted a reception in honour of parliamentarians, diplomats, services chiefs and people from all walks of life at the PM House.
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