Karachi: On 136th birth anniversary of Father of the nation, President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday visited the mausoleum of Qauid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah to pay his tributes to the Father of the Nation whose vision and untiring efforts culminated into the creation of Pakistan.
The President laid floral wreath on the Mazar of Quaid-e-Azam and offered Fateha for the departed soul of the great leader.
Spokesperson to the President, Senator Farhatullah Babar said that on this occasion, the President while reiterating his pledge to continue working for Pakistan as envisaged by the founder of the nation urged the people to forge unity in their ranks and rededicate themselves to the ideals and principles upheld by Quaid-i-Azam.
The President said that the birth anniversary of this visionary leader was an occasion for all to rededicate ourselves to democratic ideals and principles as championed and pursued by our great visionary leaders.
He said that the need for reiterating our pledge to these noble ideals was never as great as it was today and when we were fighting an enemy who was posing existential threat to us and wanted to impose its narrow agenda through the barrel of gun.
Let us re-pledge today to fight to finish the demons of extremism and militancy that seek to strike at the foundational principles of Pakistan, democracy, constitutionalism and rule of law, the President said on this occasion.
On the visitors’ book, the President wrote, It is a great honor to visit the Mazar-e-Quaid and pay homage to the Father of the Nation. We pledge today to uphold the democratic values for which Pakistan was created.
I call upon the people to join hands in fighting the mindset that is seeking to destroy our nationhood and democracy.May the soul of the Quaid rest in eternal peace.
Later,while talking to the notables of area here at Makhdoom House in Hala (Matiari) the President said that the vision of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and the legacy of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto for protecting the rights of common man was being followed by the present leadership.This legacy will be taken forward by the future generations, said President Zardari while .
The President said Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was a symbol of democracy and had left behind a legacy, which was a source of inspiration for the PPP leadership to improve the socio-economic condition of the people.He said,”We have gathered here to pay tribute to an indomitable fighter for the rights of poor and marginalized.”
The President said that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto gave voice to the downtrodden people and even laid their lives while fighting for their cause. “We will continue to follow their footsteps and will never budge from rendering any sacrifice in pursuing the noble mission of great leaders,” he added.
He said,”We will never leave the poor, marginalized and vulnerable people alone in their fight for their rights.” The President the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership believed in addressing the issues of the masses, who are the real source of power.It will not deter by the propaganda of detractors and will continue serving the masses, he said and added,”We believe in making our enemies our friends”.
President Zardari lauded Makhdoom Muhammad Amin Fahim and his family for their services rendered by them for the sake of democracy during last 45 years.He said that the next elections would be held in a free, fair and transparent manner. The PPP leadership was ready to go to the court of people, who were the real judge to analyze the performance of the government
Earlier, Federal Minister for Trade Makhdoom Muhammad Amin in his welcome address thanked the President for his visit to Hala.Among others, Sindh ministers Makhdoom Jamil-uz-Zaman, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, Syed Ali Nawaz Shah Rizvi and Syed Murad Ali Shah, MNAs Makhdoom Rafique, Mir Aftab Shah Jilani and Aftab Shaban Mirani Shagufta Jummani, and Ex-MNA Abdul Sattar Bachani were also present on the occasion.