Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday said only democracy and a federal party with its roots in all provinces, together can keep intact the nation.
“If a federal party is weakened which represents all provinces, it weakens the state thus creating divides in the name of religion, politics and language,” he said while addressing a seminar titled ‘Pakistan, my identity’ held in connection with the Independence Day.
The function jointly organized by Express media group and the University of Lahore here, was attended by intellectuals, students and mediapersons.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan’s independence is rooted in a great movement inspired with democratic vision and a strong struggle by the people.
He said several experiments with the governmental system in the country had proved that only democracy was the time-tested system of governance.
He categorically stated that the country could not afford more such experiments with any dictator, technocrat or bureaucrat to take reigns of government.
He said all state institutions whether army, judiciary, police and media belonged to the country and had no authority of their own when stood separately.
Prime Minister Ashraf said today there was a need for a progressive approach to address ills of the society. He stressed for shunning mutual differences on the basis of provinces, sects and culture.
He said it was the right time to spread the message of love and affinity to bring closer the people of all provinces. He said provincial harmony could help the country make progress.
The Prime Minister called for eliminating sense of despondency from within the nation. He said a nation doed not die with catastrophes and afflictions, but with despair and hopelessness.
He said Pakistan had a number of good things it could be proud of including talented people. He mentioned the 8-year-old Pakistani Shafay Thubani, the world’s youngest Microsoft certified professional and said the brilliant child was a ray of hope in present circumstances. He announced Rs one million for Shafay on his achievement.
He said Pakistan is the blessing of Allah Almighty and a source of identity to its citizens, and added that one must not become thankless in this regard.
He pointed that role of media was important in highlighting the best part of the country instead of only focusing on its negatives.
The Prime Minister urged the media to give a priority focus to the talented youth in its programmes instead of just highlighting the politicians fighting in talk shows.