PM Shehbaz says national dialogue need of the hour

Wonders if Pakistan can become atomic power, why can’t it become economic power: Urges all to join forces to break begging bowl

By: News Desk
Published: 10:46 AM, 14 Aug, 2022
PM Shehbaz says national dialogue need of the hour
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has underlined the need to hold national dialogue in order to steer the country out of plethora of problems wondering if Pakistan can become an atomic power, what stops it from becoming an economic power, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The premier was addressing the national flag hoisting ceremony at Jinnah Convention Centre, Islamabad held in connection with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Pakistan Independence Day today (Sunday). 

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf also attended the ceremony. 

Speaking on the occasion, PM Shehbaz reiterated his stance that in the current dire situation the country was passing through, the national dialogue was need of the hour.

He expressed his resolve to make Pakistan an economic power. He called upon all forces to get united and break the begging bowl. He urged upon all the stakeholders to develop a consensus on the Charter of Economy to transform Pakistan into an economic power.  

“If Pakistan can become an atomic power, why it can’t be an economic power,” he wondered adding that with the help of our armed forces, we would frustrate our enemies’ nefarious designs. He vowed that we would shed even the last drop of our blood for the defence of our motherland.

The prime minister greeted all Pakistanis living here and abroad on the 75th Independence Day of Pakistan. He appreciated the role of the Pakistani diaspora in the progress of the country. 

He also congratulated the ISPR and all the members of the team who re-composed the national anthem. 

PM Shehbaz said that he wished that may Allah grant independence to the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine. 

He paid rich tribute to the martyrs of Pakistan Movement. 

On this occasion, he also expressed his gratitude to the minorities who contributed to the Pakistan Movement. 

“Pakistan Movement is a lesson for everyone which tells when a nation devised the course of its path, the mountain-like hurdles and seas like distances could not hamper them from achieving their goal,” the prime minister added. 

The prime minister recalled that when Allama Iqbal dreamt about a separate motherland, a sense of pessimism was created that it was not feasible.  

“We salute the founding fathers of Pakistan who had smashed such sense of pessimism and due to their historic struggle, they are now breathing in an independence and sovereign country,” he added. 

The prime minister said for decades, the Muslims in the sub-continent faced the foreign subjugation, they laid down their lives, gave immense sacrifices and made a historic migration and lost their near and dear ones in that perilous journey to achieve a separate country.  

The premier was of the view that our homeland was a sacred trust and a mission bequeathed to us by our ancestors.

“The mission is to give practical shape to those ideals which were reflected in March 23rd Resolution,” he added. 

He said that on its independence, Pakistan was deprived of its due shares, but despite all those odds it made excellent progress in different fields as being the 7th in the world and 1st nuclear power of Islamic world.  

Late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto started the nuclear programme and former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif realized it, he maintained. 

The prime minister said Pakistan had been playing a key role in the UN peacekeeping missions, its players had raised the national flag in different games.  

“It is a fact that we have made progress in different arenas, but the speed which with we have to achieve that mission, there were shortfalls which should be overcome,” he stressed.  

He also underlined the need for retrospection and reflection on the past history of the country.

The prime minister resolved that for making Pakistan an ideal nation-state as dreamt about by the founding fathers, they would be ready to shed the last drop their blood, foil enemies’ designs with the support of the brave armed forces and harness the true potential of youth to lead the future way. 

The prime minister said that they were thankful to Allah Almighty for observing the 75th anniversary celebrations.

However, expressing his deep grief and sorrow over the recent losses in the flash floods, ge said the recent rainfalls caused destruction and huge losses in different parts of the country, especially in Balochistan as hundreds had lost their lives and children were left orphans. He prayed for the early recovery of the injured. 

The prime minister said on this day, they also acknowledged the contributions of civil society members like late Abdul Sattar Edhi and Dr Ruth Pfau.