MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN ON THE OCCASION OF PAKISTAN DAY 23RD MARCH, 2016
Pakistani Nation is celebrating the 76th Anniversary of Pakistan Resolution; adopted on 23rd March 1940 under the inspiring leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. It changed the course of our history. The dream was achieved in the form of Pakistan as an independent country despite great opposition and challenges. The struggle was for a state where the principles of social justice and equality could prevail to ensure peace, tolerance and prosperity in accordance with the religious beliefs and cultural values of its citizens. Today, we stand determined to preserve and protect this country for our future generations.
The resolution galvanized the nation and millions of people sacrificed their lives for the sake of independence. Pakistan was a reality within a short span of time. Today we are confronted with unprecedented threats and challenges in the form of extremism and terrorism, but we are resolved to defeat these evils. The menace of terrorism and extremism will be completely wiped-out from our soil.
On this occasion we reiterate our resolve to ensure freedom, equality and social justice for every citizen of Pakistan as enshrined in the teachings of Islam. Our government has taken landmark initiatives to safeguard the minorities living in Pakistan and empower Pakistani women. Our endeavours are aimed at mainstreaming the marginalized segments of our society as we believe that each and every Pakistani is an equal citizen of the land.
Let us pledge to offer equal opportunities for every Pakistani citizen to achieve a pluralistic society where each and every man and woman work collectively for the progress and prosperity of our country. Pakistan was envisioned to be a state where people could freely practice their faith without any fear or threat. I am optimistic that our collective efforts based on plurality, equality and justice would make Pakistan a state as dreamt of by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
May Allah Almighty guide us in our efforts to prove ourselves worthy inheritors of the homeland bequeathed to us by Quaid-e-Azam and other great leaders of Pakistan Movement. (Ameen)
March 23, 2016