Spe­cial Sup­ple­ment on the Oc­ca­sion of the 59th An­niver­sary of the In­de­pen­dence of the Repub­lic of Tu­nisia

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It gives me great plea­sure to ad­dress the broth­erly peo­ple of Pak­istan on the oc­ca­sion of the 59th an­niver­sary of the In­de­pen­dence of the Repub­lic of Tu­nisia. Tu­nisia ob­tained its in­de­pen­dence from France in 1956 and has been a repub­lic since 1957. Dur­ing the colo­nial pe­riod, Tu­nisians were de­prived of all rights. Tu­nisians were des­ti­tute by the colo­nial sys­tem of im­por­tant posts in the state ap­pa­ra­tus, po­lit­i­cal and civil rights of Tu­nisians were vi­o­lated. Tu­nisian women were marginal­ized, pre­vented from at­tend­ing school and re­stricted from par­tic­i­pat­ing in public life. Col­o­niza­tion, na­tional op­pres­sion and the ab­sence of po­lit­i­cal rights evoked wide­spread dis­con­tent in Tu­nisia to bring about Tu­nisia’s na­tional re­vival. Tu­nisians made de­ter­mi­nant to take charge of their own des­tiny. Each chap­ter of the his­tory of the Tu­nisian battle on the path of in­de­pen­dence tells us a dif­fer­ent story about our pa­tri­otic he­roes and loyal na­tional lead­ers no­tably the late Habib Bour­guiba, the First Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic and the found­ing fa­ther of mod­ern Tu­nisia. Ever since, we have shaped our own pol­i­tics which have al­ways been guided by the en­dur­ing val­ues of fair­ness and jus­tice, hon­esty of pur­pose, the pur­suit of ex­cel­lence and the love for our coun­try. It is inspiring that our peo­ple have re­fused, whether in the colo­nial pe­riod as well as fol­low­ing the in­de­pen­dence, to suc­cumb to injustice, tyranny and op­pres­sion. In­deed, just over four years ago, Tu­nisians took a brave stand against lack of op­por­tu­ni­ties and cor­rup­tion. Protests sparked off through­out the coun­try about eco­nomic griev­ances and dic­ta­tor­ship and led to the down­fall of the

Ben Ali regime. Tu­nisia has suc­cess­fully moved ahead with a his­toric demo­cratic tran­si­tion. Tu­nisian peo­ple have elected a new Par­lia­ment, a new Pres­i­dent of the Gov­ern­ment will seek the opin­ions of the full spec­trum of the Tu­nisian peo­ple to en­sure that the Sec­ond Repub­lic would be founded upon the le­git­i­mate as­pi­ra­tions of all Tu­nisians for re­spon­sive, accountable gov­er­nance and re­spect for their uni­ver­sal hu­man rights. We have come to­gether with a spirit of com­pro­mise and con­sen­sus; we drafted a new pro­gres­sive con­sti­tu­tion that was hailed by in­ter­na­tional lead­ers, con­sti­tu­tional ex­perts and law­mak­ers as a con­sti­tu­tion that is rooted in demo­cratic prin­ci­ples - equal­ity, free­dom, hu­man rights, se­cu­rity, eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for all, and the rule of law. mile­stone in the mod­ern his­tory of the coun­try and lays the ground for the Sec­ond Repub­lic. We have held the our coun­try and formed an in­clu­sive gov­ern­ment where dia­logue and con­sen­sus, rather than dom­i­na­tion and ex­clu­sion, was the watch­word of the Tu­nisian tran­si­tion from an au­thor­i­tar­ian to a demo­cratic state. Tu­nisia has as well suc­cess­fully in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized its revo­lu­tion through plu­ral­is­tic par­lia­men­tar­ian and pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in the his­tory of the coun­try, with broad par­tic­i­pa­tion and strong sup­port from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity It is true that democ­racy needs strong in­sti­tu­tions but it needs as well strong eco­nomic growth so Tu­nisians can see that democ­racy can de­liver a bet­ter life. I strongly be­lieve that demo­cratic progress and eco­nomic progress must go hand in hand. In this re­gard, the elec­tion of a new Par­lia­ment and new Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic to­gether with the ap­point­ment of a new Gov­ern­ment are pos­i­tive steps for­ward that would lay the foun­da­tion for en­dur­ing eco­nomic growth, in or­der to tackle the prob­lems of poverty, un­em­ploy­ment, re­gional dis­par­i­ties and re­spond to the as­pi­ra­tions of the Tu­nisian peo­ple to­wards democ­racy, free­dom and de­cent life. I have faith in our coun­try and in our peo­ple, faith that we can thrive in the world, what­ever the chal­lenges are. Faith that we can get our pol­i­tics right, that we can throw up hon­est, ca­pa­ble, trusted peo­ple to lead our coun­try well, to make our sys­tem work for Tu­nisians. Faith that we can stay to­gether as one united peo­ple, main­tain a steady course year af­ter year and make our dreams comes true to do their best, to in­vest in ev­ery Tu­nisian and de­velop their in­nate tal­ent, and thus to keep Tu­nisia a place where the hu­man spirit thrives. Th­ese are acts of con­vic­tion in Tu­nisia and in our­selves. Nowhere was this con­vic­tion more vividly ex­pressed than on our Na­tional Day. To­day, when we sing” When the peo­ple will to live, des­tiny must surely re­spond”, we pledge our­selves as one united peo­ple that we will spare no ef­fort to forge our new way for­ward. To­gether, we will build a bet­ter Tu­nisia for all of us. We must pass on to our chil­dren a bet­ter coun­try. We owe it to them to do so. Just as we owe what we have to­day to our found­ing gen­er­a­tion. We re­mem­ber with re­spect and grat­i­tude those who have lost their lives for the sake of our land. We hold them in our hearts as well as those who stood by our coun­try dur­ing our strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence. In this con­nec­tion, I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to pay trib­ute to the Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Pak­istan as they were earnest sup­porter of the Tu­nisian move to­wards in­de­pen­dence. Tu­nisia and Pak­istan en­joy long-stand­ing po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, so­cial and cul­tural re­la­tions based on av­enues of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween our two broth­erly coun­tries to up­grade the pre­vail­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions to the high­est level of strate­gic part­ner­ship. We share a com­mon will, a com­mon per­cep­tion and an un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to get our broth­erly coun­tries much more close in all ar­eas for the

Long live Tu­nisian Pak­istani brotherhood

Tu­nisia Pak­istan Zind­abad

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