Edi­tor’s Note

The Diplomatic Insight - - News - Pak­istan-Tu­nisia dosti Zind­abad

Af­ter the suc­cess­ful up­ris­ing, fa­mously known as “Jas­mine revo­lu­tion”, Tu­nisia has emerged as Arab world’s first com­plete democ­racy. Flaw­less elec­tions held last year re­sult­ing into the foun­da­tion of a fresh Par­lia­ment hav­ing a man­date to serve peo­ple of the coun­try for the next five years. The demo­cratic elec­toral tran­si­tional process is ex­em­plary for the Arab world as it was smooth and peace­ful, even af­ter four years of the down fall of the regime of a dic­ta­tor. Yes, Tu­nisia still is a suc­cess story. The path to democ­racy, equal­ity and jus­tice was bumpy but the steps taken by the vi­sion­ary and wise po­lit­i­cal lead­ers to ad­dress the ba­sic is­sues of hu­man rights, law, re­spect, truth, jus­tice and law, are worth prais­ing. The con­sti­tu­tion has pre­vailed and con­sid­ered by the an­a­lyst as one of the most pro­gres­sive and in­clu­sive in the en­tire Arab world. Four years ago, much talked and de­bated “Arab Spring” sprouted from the coun­try, af­ter a young fruit ven­dor, Mo­hammed Bouaz­izi, took his life in a protest against the atroc­i­ties, injustice and hu­mil­i­a­tion suf­fered at the hands of the lo­cal po­lice dur­ing the despotic regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Mas­sive protests fol­lowed and the move­ment started to took shape of an in­tense revo­lu­tion re­sult­ing in the fall of the gov­ern­ment of Ben Ali. The revo­lu­tion in­spired a wave of sim­i­lar protests across Mid­dle East and North Africa. Ben Ali fled the scene caus­ing fur­ther chaos, tur­moil and cri­sis. Nev­er­the­less, Tu­nisians sooner took hold of their des­tiny and with­stood the pow­er­ful storms rag­ing to up­root the will of the na­tion. The coun­try not only elected a new Par­lia­ment but hold pres­i­den­tial elec­tions along with pass­ing of a new con­sti­tu­tion hence be­gan its jour­ney of peace, pros­per­ity and devel­op­ment led by post revo­lu­tion regime of newly elected Pres­i­dent Mr. Beji Caid Essebsi. The whole process of tran­si­tion has har­nessed new era of hope and pros­per­ity for the re­silient, strong and com­mit­ted Tu­nisian na­tion. It was ac­tu­ally the spirit of con­sen­sus that has paved the way to es­tab­lish legal, in­sti­tu­tional and sus­tain­able foun­da­tion for the democ­racy. The cry of revo­lu­tion was fairly trans­formed into the prac­ti­cal steps by the in­cum­bent regime as they are pas­sion­ately work­ing on to have devel­op­ment, equal dis­tri­bu­tion of wealth, power and re­sources along with wel­fare for the cit­i­zens of the state. An­other sig­nif­i­cant step taken by the regime is to have Min­istry of Hu­man Rights, Tran­si­tional Jus­tice along with Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sions for pro­vid­ing re­lief to the suf­fer­ers of po­lit­i­cal strife, ten­sions and cor­rup­tion dur­ing the rage of pre­vi­ous regime. It is also won­der­ful to note here that the post-rev­o­lu­tion­ary Par­lia­ment has given am­ple space to women of Tu­nisia to be part of the pro­gres­sive devel­op­ment of Tu­nisia. Such pro­gres­sive and inspiring out­look of a coun­try is based upon its his­tor­i­cal le­gacy, past ex­pe­ri­ence and ethos of the na­tion that has been cre­ated by Mr.Habib Boruguiba, the first Pres­i­dent of the coun­try right af­ter the in­de­pen­dence. Mr.Habib Boruguiba made all head­ways to di­vert the na­tion’s at­ten­tion to­wards ed­u­ca­tion, so­cial equal­ity, jus­tice, re­form and specif­i­cally eman­ci­pa­tion of women of Tu­nisia. All th­ese steps lead to a mas­sive imprint on the na­tional out­look of the coun­try re­sult­ing in what it is to­day. The coun­try is pro­gres­sive, as­pir­ing po­si­tion to step up the pace for peace, suc­cess and devel­op­ment. Tu­nisia also set an ex­am­ple, where the de­ci­sive ac­tion of peo­ple achieved the de­sired ob­jec­tives within weeks. Pak­istani na­tion ex­tend hearti­est fe­lic­i­ta­tion to the Tu­nisian brethren and wish all the Tu­nisians won­der­ful and pros­per­ous fu­ture at the eve of 59th An­niver­sary of the In­de­pen­dence of Repub­lic of Tu­nisia.

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