Posted by: Administrator | 23 August, 2006

President Message on Independence Day 2007

14 August 2007

To all who care about Pakistan, our country has come a long way since its independence. Recently included in the global “next 11” emerging economies, Pakistan is on a sure and sustainable macro-economic footing with investment and entrepreneurial activities spreading across sectors. The last six years have witnessed a radical transformation of the socio-economic landscape of the country. The economic upsurge can be seen permeating down to the welfare and quality of life of the people. The Government hopes to sustain this trend. Ever since we deregulated the media in 2000, the government and the independent television, radio and print media have been strengthening the social fabric of the nation through open discourse around issues concerning both state and society. I have no doubt that our nation’s rich cultural heritage will rise above the challenges associated with the freedom of speech and expression. Home to the only egalitarian ancient (lndus Valley) civilization, the people of Pakistan embody the historical, cultural and commercial links between the people of Central, West and South Asia.

Few nations provide the kind of diversity of thought and experience that our country offers, and even fewer within the proximity of a two-hour flight. Pakistan’s wide spectrum of geographic, cultural, racial, social, political and economic variance is its unique allure. I would like to take the liberty to substantiate this diversity that is:-

  • Climatic — arctic north, hot desert south, and temperate mid country. Temperatures varying from +50 C to -50 C .
  • Geographic — sea level in south, highest mountains of the world in the north including second highest peak K2 (8,611m) .
  • Racial – Dravidian, South-Asian, Caucasian, African.
  • Linguistic — Urdu, English, Punjabi, Pushto, Sindhi, Balochi, Hindko, Balti, others.
  • Spiritual — home to Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Cradle of Buddhism and Sikhism.
  • Culture and Heritage — Mughal, Persian, Arab, British Colonial. Even Alexander the great came to our land. Turned back from the lndus . Such diversity needs strong efficient governance to optimize its potential. Our achievements of empowering the masses through an ingenious local government system, empowerment of women, empowerment of minorities and institution of a system of checks and balances in the form of a National Security Council for ensuring a sustainable democracy, conveys our resolve towards this end.

 

In such momentous times for our country, l feel extremely optimistic that together we will overcome the short term challenges to put our country on a sustainable path of progress and prosperity. As the first elections in an open media environment approach, I urge all Pakistani citizens to get involved in the electoral process and become the instruments of enlightened moderation in their beloved country.

May Allah Almighty be our Protector and Guide, Ameen!

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