No com­pro­mise on ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty: Mam­noon

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE -

Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain while ad­dress­ing a high-level gath­er­ing of civil­ian and mil­i­tary of­fi­cials to celebrate In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions at the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Fri­day said Pak­istan will not com­pro­mise "if there is any threat to ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty."

The Pres­i­dent, re­ferred to 'un­de­sir­able in­ci­dents', and said that ac­tion is be­ing taken against "neg­a­tive, de­struc­tive el­e­ments which have tried to harm to unity of Pak­istan". Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain, who was the chief guest at the event, said nar­row-mind­ed­ness, ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism are re­lated to ed­u­ca­tion. To erad­i­cate these el­e­ments, he said, mod­ern ed­u­ca­tion must be adopted.

He said the coun­try had been in a state of war and un­der threat from both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal forces. He praised the Pak­istan Army for its sac­ri­fices, and also men­tioned the stu­dents of Peshawar's Army Public School who, he said, sac­ri­ficed their lives for the coun­try. "Oper­a­tions [against these el­e­ments] will con­tinue," the Pres­i­dent said adding that "The na­tion sup­ports the gov­ern­ment and Army in the fight against ter­ror­ism." He urged the au­di­ence to re­mem­ber those who were forced to leave their homes be­cause of ter­ror­ism. "We have to help them get back home and start liv­ing their lives again," he said.

He also asked the gath­er­ing to re­mem­ber flood-af­fectees who were un­able to join in the In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions, and said in the fu­ture there should be ar­range­ments made to cope with floods in a more ef­fec­tive man­ner. Mam­noon said that an­a­lysts claim floods can­not be con­trolled with­out reser­voirs and dams. He said that work on the Di­amer-Bhasha and Dasu dams is un­der­way, and men­tioned that Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif had re­cently in­au­gu­rated a dam in Balochis­tan.

He spoke of a need for unity against this chal­lenge, and for a need to find a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem to limit dam­age by floods and wa­ter short­ages.

Speak­ing about the coun­try's econ­omy, he said, "We are work­ing with China on eco­nomic projects ... that will ben­e­fit the en­tire re­gion." Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif, De­fence Min­is­ter Khawaja Asif and Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq were also present at the event, which was hosted by ac­tors Sanam Jang and Hamza Ali Ab­basi.

The coun­try's 69th In­de­pen­dence day kicked off with a 31-gun salute in the fed­eral cap­i­tal and 21 gun salutes in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tals.

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