Message of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Prime Minister of Pakistan on Black Day in Pakistan’s political history
Islamabad: July 5, 1977 is a black day in Pakistan’s political history when a dictator overthrew a democratically elected government of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and plunged the country into darkness of martial law for eleven-long years. Had the people’s will been respected and their government allowed to serve them, Pakistan must have become politically and economically a great power both in the region as well as beyond.
The multiple challenges facing the country today owe themselves to lack of continuity of the democratic system. Democracy and representative rule is the only way forward to secure country’s interests. No nation can aspire to have any role at the regional and global level unless its institutions are strong, which is, otherwise, a function of strong democracy.
The day also reminds us of the heroic struggle waged by the workers of Pakistan People’s Party against the dictatorial regime and for restoration of people’s inalienable right to determine their future through their elected representatives.
On July 5, let us pledge to work even harder for strengthening democracy in the country.
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