ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain has urged the nation to forge unity in their ranks, defeat forces of extremism and militancy and uphold the principles of democracy, constitution and rule of law.
In a message on 139th birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the President extended heartiest felicitation to the nation, particularly when the country has embarked upon the path to progress as envisioned by the Quaid.
“Let us dedicate ourselves, on this historic occasion, to keep the unity of the country and glory of Islam uppermost in our thoughts and deeds.”
President Mamnoon said Quaid-e-Azam’s boldness and sincerity of purpose, determination and integrity endeared him to the millions of people who gave him all-out support in the marathon struggle for the creation of Pakistan.
“His nobility and strength of character will ever remain an eternal source of inspiration and guidance for all of us,” the President said.
The President said Quaid-e-Azam united the discordant elements among the Muslims of the sub-continent, welded them into a nation in a short time and secured for them a separate and independent homeland.
“The Quaid was a paragon of uprightness, honesty, integrity and courage of conviction. He neither compromised on principles nor allowed expediency to influence his judgment,” the President said.
He referred to his conduct and said he was above reproach.
“His incorruptibility unquestioned and his scrupulous honour universally acknowledged,” he said.
These pre-eminent attributes endowed him with clarity of vision and steadfastness of pursuit for the achievement of the Islamic State of Pakistan, the President said.
He said the nation today was not merely paying homage to the memory of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, but was also reaffirming its abiding faith in his imperishable teachings.
“Let the Quaid’s teachings ‘Unity, Faith and Discipline’ be a beacon for us for all times to come. May Allah give us the courage and strength to build Pakistan into a truly democratic state. Ameen,” the President said.