Three quarters of a century have elapsed since the Muslims of subcontinent irreversibly resolved to seek their own independent Muslim state. Their revered Quaid declared that Muslims of South Asia were an independent nation by any definition. He led them to wage a struggle for a state based on principles of social justice, self-determination and equality. The independence struggle witnessed countless vicissitudes but the Quaid never flinched from his avowed objective. The firm commitment of the Quaid wholeheartedly backed by the Muslim nation ultimately succeeded in carving out an independent homeland. The Quaid bequeathed to his people the Promised Land with the exhortation to preserve and protect it for future generations.
Three quarters of a century later Quaid’s Pakistan is groping to overcome unprecedented threats and challenges. The peace loving people of Pakistan are unwittingly exposed to threats posed by extremism and terrorism. Pakistan has been subjected to an existential threat that it has no option but to confront. The anti-state elements threatening Pakistan are out to threaten not only the lives but also the very fabric of Pakistani nation. But the Pakistanis have irrevocably stood up to the challenge and have resolved never to give in. Pakistan is resolved to redeem its pledge given to its founding fathers that it will protect the homeland. We are also committed to preserve and ensure freedom, equality and social justice as core values of our polity as desired by our enlightened forbears.
I am a steadfast believer in permanence of morality based representative plurality envisaged by the Quaid. I greatly value the equality principle and consider it vital for national preservation. I am a formidable opponent of anachronistic notions of obscurantism and consider it harmful to our national existence. I am confident that with the valued assistance of our valiant armed forces, unconditionally supported by the entire array of political opinion, we will surely overpower threatening forces.
I am confident that Pakistan has turned a new leaf in its existence and will soon be able to overcome all odds. My government has embarked upon a vast portfolio of institutional and development ventures that will bear fruit in near future.
I wish to reiterate my resolve to the nation that under my watch no effort will be spared to bring tolerance and harmony in Pakistan. I am committed to ensure that Pakistanis are provided with every opportunity to live freely, seek education, gain employment and practice their faith without hindrance, fear and favour.
March 23, 2015