President calls for defeating negative mindset to save Pakistan
President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday emphasized the need to defeat the negative mindset to save Pakistan.
Addressing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in Peshawar Monday afternoon‚ he said the democratic process is progressing ahead due to sacrifices rendered by political workers and armed forces.
President Zardari is the first elected President‚ who addressed the provincial assembly session on the invitation of the Provincial Chief Minister and Speaker of the Assembly. The President said completion of five years by the present assemblies is a tribute to the maturity of parliamentarians and politicians who demonstrated tolerance and accommodation‚the democratic process is progressing ahead due to sacrifices rendered by political workers and armed forces.
President said democracy comes through evolution and the country needs practising democracy as we see today. He said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has necessary potential to develop and prosper as it is bestowed with natural resources like oil and gas‚ copper and chromite.
He said the province was once abode of peace where there was no theft or dacoity but today the situation has changed due to negative thinking and law and order situation is hampering development of the province.
The President asked Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to prepare its police to take up the challenge of security as army cannot remain there for ever. President Zardari said his policy of taking all forces and federating units along has given a sense of participation in the people of Pakistan in the affairs of the state. He said he gave NFC Award and empowered parliament and the provinces. The President said he pursued the policy of reconciliation and voluntarily handed over his powers to the parliament to strengthen internal harmony. He said the country cannot be harmed by external forces if it is united and strong. He said he strongly believes that the federation would become stronger if provinces are strong and stable.
Addressing Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Assembly‚ the President has condemned the attack on the caravan of Qazi Hussain Ahmad. Earlier President Asif Ali Zardari, who arrived in Peshawar Monday morning, attended a meeting on FATA reforms. The president was briefed on law and order situation and development projects in FATA. Participants of the meeting said a special package would be announced for the families hit by terrorism. The meeting also proposed setting up of medical colleges and I.T university in the tribal areas. President Asif Ali Zardari also performed earthbreaking ceremony of Torkham-Peshawar Road extension project in the provincial metropolis. The project will be completed in two years at a cost of Rs5.90 billion with cooperation of the USAID.