President reflects people’s faith in democracy
IN his comprehensive address to the Joint Session of the Parliament at the advent of the new Parliamentary year, President Mamnoon Hussain touched upon a number of issues of vital importance and interest not only to people of Pakistan but also the world community. Though the Opposition, for the sake of the opposition, is describing the address as disappointing but the overall impression is that the speech of the President was balanced as it contained many things both for the Government and the Opposition to ponder over.
The President rightly pointed out that reservations against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) were weightless and differences, if any, should be sorted out through dialogue and discussion. He also sent a firm message to India that peace in the region was directly linked with the resolution of the decades old Kashmir conflict as per wishes of Kashmiri people and his remarks have evoked positive response from Srinagar. Similarly, his proposal to erect a monument in memory of all those who sacrificed their life during war on terror must be translated into reality at the earliest and the monument should preferably be built in some corner of the centrally located and most visited Fatima Jinnah Park in the Federal Capital. In our view, the highlight of the address was unwavering faith of the President in democracy and his advice to all individuals, groups, institutions and parties to contribute their share in strengthening the system. Completion of three years of democratic journey is, no doubt, another milestone in our history and the President rightly pointed out that this symbolizes political maturity of the nation. There have been ups and downs but these also confirmed that people of Pakistan have the capacity and capability to absorb shocks and move forward. We have repeatedly been emphasizing that people are now fed up with attempts to destabilize the system and put roadblocks in the way of their welfare and economic development of the country. That is why the President too advised some impatient souls not to try to impose their will on the Government through violent means and instead wait for next general elections in 2018.