Forces of resistance sowing seeds of hatred: PM, president

ISLAMABAD: Wishing the nation a happy Eidul Azha in their separate messages on Sunday, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain said those resisting the government’s agenda of national development and prosperity were sowing the seeds of hatred but the government would religiously stick to its mission and pull the country out of numerous problems.

In his Eid message, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif reiterated his resolve to incessantly endeavour for bringing to fruition the national development goals he had undertaken to deliver.

“I am grateful for the confidence the nation has reposed in me to continue pursuing our national agenda aimed at making Pakistan a prosperous country amongst the comity of nations,” the prime minister said.

He talked about the difficulties being faced by the flood-hit people and the supreme sacrifices made by the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of tribal areas in the wake of Operation Zarb-e-Azb and assured that the government will make all-out efforts to help them in these times of trial.

He also lauded the unflinching resolve shown by the country’s armed forces in combating terrorism.

He said the spirit of Eidul Azha this year may serve as a poignant reminder to the disconcerted elements not very well conversant with the supremacy of national consensus bestowed on democratic forces that sowing discord was diametrically opposite to the spirit of accommodation and tolerance.

“The credentials of democratically elected representatives have shown resilient adherence to the practices of prudence, decency, justice and fair-play that are required to be emulated by all factors defying them,” he added.

About the recent floods, the prime minister said Pakistanis had been and were going through the ravages of unprecedented floods causing widespread devastation that witnessed a surge of public sympathy and sacrifice for the affected.

“Let me assure all Pakistanis in distress that your resolve has deeply impressed upon us the need to hasten and increase our efforts to provide you with utmost succor in these times of trial,” he added.

Regarding extremism, he said: “We also encountered the vicious specter of violent extremism through the extremely laudable Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

The unflinching resolve shown by our armed forces in combating the violent scourge speaks volumes for the sacrifice they are willing to render for our freedom, well-being and honor.”

In his message, President Mamnoon Hussain called upon the nation to promote the spirit of sacrifice, affection, tolerance, patience and brotherhood and discourage those out to divide the nation on different lines.

The president conveyed his best wishes to the nation on the auspicious occasion of Eidul Azha and asked the countrymen not to forget the internally displaced persons and the flood-hit population.

The president urged the countrymen to share the joys and happiness of Eid with those affected people and also pay tribute to the mothers, sisters and children who had laid down their lives for the motherland and the bright future of our generations.

“Eidul Azha is a remembrance of the submission of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Ismail (AS) to the command of Allah Almighty. On this day these great personalities presented such an everlasting example of submission and sacrifice which will be followed as a sacred duty till the last day.

That spirit of sacrifice has always been very important to Muslims but it assumes greater significance in the recent times,” he added.

Felicitating the nation, Co-chairman Pakistan People’s Party and former president Asif Ali Zardari said Eidul Azha had a two-fold theme for the Muslims throughout the world.

The first, he said, was the willingness and readiness to offer the highest sacrifice in the cause of Allah and the second was the unity of Muslims.

“I greet the Muslims throughout the world in general and of Pakistan in particular on this auspicious occasion. Eidul Azha should serve to remind us that we have an obligation to our community through which we attain a higher purpose in life.

So while we celebrate and rejoice, let us also pause and ponder over the plight of our less fortunate brethren. On the festive occasion of Eidul Azha, I therefore urge my countrymen to also remember the families of those who have laid down their lives and suffered grievously in the fight against militancy.

The internally displaced persons of North Waziristan who have left their homes and hearth for the sake of peace country deserve our special attention.

“We must also not forget on this festive occasion those whose lives have been uprooted by devastating floods. We must also remember those deprived of the most ordinary things of life due to poverty.

We must therefore share our bounties with them and strive to end poverty and exploitation wherever we see it.”