Pres­i­dent re­flects peo­ple’s faith in democ­racy

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

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.

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