President says seeking regional prosperity isn’t a weakness

By Staff Reporter
Friday – March 26, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The president Arif Alvi declared, Thursday, that in case of any misadventure, Pakistan is capable of thwarting it with full force; he extended a message of goodwill to regional countries for common prosperity and held that the intention must not be misconstrued as weakness.

According to a press release, he was addressing the participants, along-with the entire nation via a live television broadcast, during the Pakistan Day (March 23) joint armed forces parade, which was rescheduled to Thursday due to inclement weather, held at the parade avenue near Shakarparian hills in the federal capital.

President Alvi said Pakistan believes in promoting cooperation in South Asia, which was already facing hindrance in development due to mutual conflicts and discords.

“The goal of national and regional development can only be achieved in the environment of peace and by refraining from all kinds of aggression and exploitation,” he stressed.

The president felicitated the nation on Pakistan Day, saying the occasion was a reminder to renew the pledges of religious, cultural and fundamental freedoms.

He said the comprehensive Pakistan Resolution of 1940 set a guiding principle for the Muslims of the sub-continent to achieve the goal of a separate homeland under the untiring struggle of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the vision of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

The nation’s journey commencing in 1947 in difficult situations was moving ahead with remarkable success in the fields of education, economy, politics and defence, president Alvi added.

He lauded the armed forces for their valour and bravery in defending the frontiers of the country and rendering immense sacrifices for the safety of the nation. They remained ever-ready in dealing with the challenges, might it be terrorism, natural calamities or disasters.

“From barren deserts to the high-altitude Siachen and the vast skies to the depth of oceans, our armed forces are acting as a strong defence line,” president Alvi said.

He mentioned the complete eradication of terrorist networks by the armed forces through Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad (Op.RF) that restored normalcy countrywide.

President Alvi said Pakistan significantly overcame the challenge of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic due to the nation’s discipline, which was also acknowledged worldwide and appealed to the nation to continue observing precautions to contain the spread of the virus.

He said in the ever-changing world, Pakistan must set goals to move ahead as a strong nation keeping in view the golden principles of Islamic culture and national ideology.

“With unity, we have to pursue the objective of becoming a true welfare State caring for its people,” president Alvi said.

On the human rights’ crisis in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the president expressed concern over the situation and invited the attention of the international community towards the plight of the Kashmiri people.

He vowed that Pakistan will continue to stand with the Kashmiris in their struggle for the right to self-determination in accordance with the United Nations (UN) charter and its security council (UNSC) resolutions.

“The peace in South Asia is linked with the resolution of the issue of Jammu and Kashmir (JK),” president Alvi said, quoting the great Quaid’s statement that Kashmir was Pakistan’s jugular vein.

He also appealed to friendly countries to take notice of the situation in the IIOJK, owing urgency in view of the human rights’ deterioration in the occupied valley.

President Alvi said Pakistan enjoys very close and friendly relations with China and intended to further strengthen the ties in fields of defence, economy and diplomacy.

On the situation in Afghanistan, he said Pakistan will continue to play its role in the restoration of sustainable peace in the neighbouring country.

As regards relations with Central Asia, the president said, Pakistan was desirous of strengthening historic, cultural and friendly relations for prosperity and development.

President Alvi emphasised maintaining unity among the Muslim countries by setting aside their differences to strongly counter Islamophobia. He termed the role of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) significant in that regard.

To mark Pakistan Day in its true spirit, he said, it was important to keep the national interests supreme and ensure the sanctity of law.

“We need to shun our differences and get united as a single nation to work towards the betterment of our country,” the president said.

President Alvi said gaining capabilities in the scientifically advanced field such as artificial intelligence (AI) will help the young generation meet the challenges of the contemporary world.

He expressed satisfaction that the scientists in Pakistan were rendering their services efficiently and making the country self-reliant in defence production.

President Alvi urged the nation to remain steadfast as a ‘One Nation, One Destiny’ to make Pakistan prosperous, reliving the spirit and passion of the Pakistan Movement 7 decades ago that led to the creation of the homeland.

Earlier, the president arrived at the venue in the traditional presidential buggy amidst the calls of bugles, where he was received by the top military brass.

The ceremony started with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.

President Alvi in a military jeep reviewed the parade. The contingents of armed forces held a march-past and presented a salute to him.

The contingents of Punjab regiment, Frontier Corps, Baloch and Sindh regiments, Pakistan Navy (PN), Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Frontier Constabulary, Mujahid regiment, Pakistan Rangers Sindh, Punjab police, air force security, women officers, light commando battalion from Baloch regiment and tri-services along-with the special services group (SSG) participated in the parade.

The chief of air staff (CAS) air chief marshal (ACM) Zaheer Ahmed Babar Sidhu led the flypast as a salute to the president.

The Pakistan Day joint armed forces parade was attended by civil and military leaders, parliamentarians and foreign dignitaries.

Separately, the prime minister (PM) Imran Khan, Thursday, said, “The parade is a testament to the outstanding performance and professionalism of our brave armed forces, navy and air force.”

According to a press release, he continued, “We are a nation, committed to the goal of national development and public prosperity, moving beyond unity and solidarity.”

“All the participants in the parade and the troops of friendly countries performed outstandingly,” PM Khan appreciated.

He admired, “The presentation in a bouquet the culture of the four provinces including the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) was commendable.”

PM Khan concluded by extending his heart warming congratulations to the three armed forces and the organisers for organising a grand joint armed forces parade on the occasion of Pakistan Day.