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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari: People of Sindh should not be punished for upending the machinations of the selectors in the general elections

KARACHI / DHABEJI / THATTA. JANUARY 21: Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, calling out the double standards and hypocrisy that prevails in the Federal Government, said that policies being followed were indicative of how it has bifurcated Pakistan. He said the people of Sindh should not be punished for upending the machinations of the selectors in the general elections.

He added that whilst in Punjab, the Inspector General of Police (IG) is replaced with astonishing regularity but when it comes to the powers vested in the Government of Sindh by its people, the law changes and suddenly the province is beholden to those in Islamabad.

“Is Sindh still a colony that the viceroy in Islamabad needs to give approval for the daily affairs of the province,” he asked.
Bilawal Bhutto expressed these views while addressing a gathering at the inauguration of the new 100 MGD water plant in Dhabeji.

The PPP chairman said that the selected government had been in the power for over a year, but during this time the federal government has yet to complete any of the development projects it promised.

‘The incompetent government is dividing the nation, damaging the federation and instead of abusing others, it should pay heed to its assigned duties,’ he added.

He went on to say that the slogan of “Not two, but one Pakistan” was chanted by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who had taken on the institutionalized cartels which were running the country and redistributed wealth, creating a sizable middle class. He said the PTI government may take much pleasure in plagiarizing the slogan, but it’s policies had decimated the poor and middle class in favor of the Prime Ministers’ crony capitalist friends.

He added that the Sindh Chief Minister, an elected official accountable to the people of Sindh, should have enough room to create his own team to help him govern. He went on to say that the rise of street crime in Sindh had led to public outcry. And since the provincial government is accountable to the people it is only fair that the police be accountable to it.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that only an elected government can hold the Police accountable.
He said that despite all the conspiracies and limited resources, Sindh’s government is striving to serve the people to the best of its abilities. He said that solving the shortage of water is amongst the Governments top priorities.

Sindh government has done the work of lining over 1800 Kilometers of canals to prevent the loss of water. Sindh also has the largest number of Reverse Osmosis water plants in the country, providing safe, clean, drinking water across small villages and hamlets across the province. He pointed out that 101 villages of Achro Thar, a traditionally arid desert area, are now being supplied water through the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Fresh Water Project, a pipeline that stretches over 240 km. He also added that work is underway to tackle the shortage of water in Lyari.

The PPP chairman said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced that he would set up desalination plants in Karachi, but did not spend even a dime, though the Sindh government with limited resources has taken steps to eradicate the shortage in Karachi.

He said that the Federal Minister had acknowledged on the floor of the Assembly that the water share of Sindh was being stolen, but the issue had not been resolved as yet, which at best is a sign of complete incompetence and at worst the active punishment of a people for exercising their democratic rights.

“We do not need to topple this puppet government; it will collapse on its own, while we continue to serve the people,” he said.

He pointed out that the policies of the Musharraf regime had left the country food insecure in 2008, but within a year, the PPP government, led by President Asif Ali Zardari, had transformed Pakistan from a wheat-importing country to a wheat-exporting country.

The PPP Chairman termed the present government as a redux of the Musharraf regime and said that the country was now facing the same crises which the country was facing during Musharraf’s rule.

‘This government is a hostile government in every respect. It is hell bent on persecuting the poor and trampling on their rights as long as their friends and backers could make a quick buck. The present rulers have no empathy or even idea of the trauma and pain inflicted on the children, women and elders of those made homeless by the wrecking balls of their ‘anti-encroachment drives’.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that according to the constitution, the first right to the resources of a province rest with the province itself. By overriding this right, the Federal Government is weakening the federation and the tearing the very fabric that holds this country together.
‘We are not threatening anyone but telling them that we will not compromise on the rights of the people.’

Meanwhile, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari inaugurated the newly constructed 100 MGD water plant in Dhabeji. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, provincial ministers Nasir Hussain Shah, Saeed Ghani, Murtaza Baloch, Waqar Mehdi, Murtaza Wahab, Rashid Rabbani and other leaders were also present on the occasion.

Address of Chairperson #PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari @BBhuttoZardari at “Leaders of tomorrow’ event

خوشحال مستقبل کے لئے دہشت گردی سے نمٹنے کے لئے متحد ہوں اور ایک دوسرے کے ساتھ تعاون کریں۔ وہ منگل کو ایوان صدر میں ’پاکستان کے مستقبل کے رہنما‘ (پاک۔لاٹ) کی دوسری کانفرنس سے خطاب کررہے تھے جس کا اہتمام نوجوانوں سے رابطے کے لئے صدرمملکت آصف علی زرداری کے خصوصی اقدام پر وزارت اطلاعات ونشریات نے کیاتھا۔ بلاول بھٹو زرداری نے کہاکہ پاکستان کو انتہاءپسندی اور دہشت گردی کی لعنت کا سامنا ہے اور تمام سیاسی قوتوں کو اس چیلنج سے نمٹنے کے لئے مل کر کوششیں کرنے کی ضرورت ہے۔

دہشت گردی کے خطرات کے پیش نظر مشترکہ ذمہ داریوں کا حوالہ دیتے ہوئے بلاول بھٹو زرداری نے کہاکہ اس معاملہ کی نزاکت کے پیش نظر پی پی پی نے دیگر سیاسی جماعتوں کے ساتھ پرانے اختلافات کو ایک طرف رکھتے ہوئے اس مشترکہ دشمن کے خلاف سب کو متحد کیا۔ انہوںنے کہاکہ مسلم لیگ (ن) حکومت کی تشکیل کے ابتدائی مہینوں میں اتحاد کا حصہ رہی اور حکومت نے ملک میں ضروری اتفاق رائے پیدا کیا جس سے سوات سے طالبان کے قبضہ کو ختم کیاگیا اور وہاں پاکستان کا پرچم پھر لہرانے لگا۔ بلاول بھٹو نے کہاکہ انہیں یقین ہے کہ میاں نواز شریف جمہوریت کی حمایت میں حقیقی اتحادی ہیں۔

ISLAMABAD, Nov 20 (APP): Following is the text of the speech delivered by Chairperson Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at a function of ‘Pakistan: Leaders of Tomorrow’, held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr here Tuesday.

“Bismillah ir-Rahmanir-Rahim
Assalam Alaikum,

Welcome to Islamabad.
This is the 2nd ‘Leaders of tomorrow’s conference I have had the pleasure of attending.

I must say I take issue with your organization’s name ‘Leaders of tomorrow’. We keep hearing that the youth is 65 percent of the population. Youth is our future. All those auditioning to be leaders of the youth pander and tell us anything we want to hear. They pander and expect it to work. They throw concerts or sing songs at their jalsa so they’ll seem hip and cool. The problem is, this youth has been cut a rather raw deal. This is not only true for Pakistan. From the Americas to the Himalayas, our furthers have been gambled away.

We have been burdened with the debts of our forefathers who have mortgage our futures to make their lives easier.

They have polluted our planet for their industrial revolutions and economic booms and left us to live with the consequences of climate change.

They have fought war after war and not only left us with the bill but have left the societies we are to inherit vulnerable to the menace of drugs, violence and division because they were not conscious of the consequences of their wars on our future.

This is why I take issue with the title ‘Leaders of tomorrow’. I am standing amongst the best and the brightest of the schools of Punjab have to offer. We can not wait for tomorrow. It is time to become leaders of today.

Look at the example set by our sister, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s, Pakistan’s heroine; Malala Yousufzai.

At such a young age, her motherland was threatened. The Taliban had taken over Swat having remained unchecked by the dictatorship that governed this country for almost a decade. Our beautiful Swat valley ran red with blood. Innocent men, woman and children lived under the terror of the Taliban. The women would wake up in the morning to find the bodies of their loved ones hanging from lampposts. If people didn’t live up to Taliban’s standards or if the women were not imprisoned in their homes, if the men didn’t grow their beards but instead wanted to grow their mind or if they dared to seek the simple joys of music – they were killed. It was in the face of this brutality that the young Malala demanded her rights. She said “I have rights. I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.” For this she was shot.

If a 16-year-old girl can stand up to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, who continue to terrorize our country, what excuse do we have? When grown men are exposed as cowards and can’t even take the name of our sisters’ attackers, what excuse do we have? They are happy to lead peace marches in support of the Taliban, under the protection of the Taliban but when our sister is shot by the Taliban, they can’t bring themselves to condemn the Taliban. I thought they were meant to be the leader of the youth.

Well, if this is what the leader of the youth looks like, then it is time for us to give up on this sort of leadership, stand up, have our voices heard and fight for our own future. We don’t need others who claim to but fail to fight on our behalf.

We have a choice: We can either accept the status quo, we can wait and watch our futures gambled away, accept being pandered to, accept that others, our elders, our leaders will leave us a better Pakistan. Or we can be counted now. We don’t need to wait for a messiah. We will be our own leaders. We will not wait for tomorrow when we can start today. This is the beauty of democracy. The people can now be their own leaders, chose for themselves who they want to elect and de-iced their own destinies.

Our choice is simple; we can either be apathetic and content with being the Pakistan where Malala is shot, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is assassinated and Osama Bin Laden is caught on our doorstep. Or we can be the change we want to see in this country. I know, and I am sure you will all agree there is nothing wrong with Pakistan that cannot be fixed by what is great about Pakistan.

We must refuse to be branded as the country others want us to be, we must fight for the Pakistan we were meant to be. Jinnah’s Pakistan, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan, Malala’s Pakistan.

Cowards try and muddy the waters. They want to keep us confused. This must not be allowed. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts. Let’s get the facts straight.

Malala was not a drone strike. Malala was not a secret agent at age 11. Malala is a true Pakistani. A brave Pakistani. She refused to wait for her future to be stolen by bigots with beards who massacre innocent civilians, bomb their homes, bomb their schools until there is nothing left for young Malala to live for.
But her voice was drowned out by so-called leaders who were too scared to stand by her in her struggle.
You will hear such cowards argue that our soldiers who risk their lives everyday fighting our war are fighting someone else’s war. These cowards argue our brave soldiers are not fighting to protect their homes, they are not fighting to save their families and not fighting to save their country. These cowards argue that our soldiers are fighting for America. That is just not true.
It is our leaders who are killed. It is our mothers and fathers. our brothers and sisters. It is our cities and villages under attack. If this is America’s war why are the Taliban killing our civilians, destroying our homes, blowing up our schools, shooting children on our school buses, if this is a war against America they’d be fighting Americans.
There are thousands of American soldiers in Afghanistan they could be fighting. But they are not fighting American soldiers they are killing innocent Pakistanis. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is not confused. They know who they are fighting. They admit to killing our soldiers, our civilians and even shooting Malala Yousufzai. There is no reason for us to be confused.
There is no reason for our leaders to be confused. Our country is under attack. Pakistan is under attack. You are either with us or against us it is that simple.
You will hear these cowards argue that if we could just talk to the Taliban we can have peace. That’s just not true. We’ve already talked to the Taliban. The PPP election manifesto clearly describes our counter-terrorism strategy. We made it really simple. The 3 Ds; dialogue, deterrence and development. We followed exactly that when we first came to power.
Despite the fact that we knew the TTP was involved in my mother’s assassination, a fact that both the UN report and the two investigations carried out by Pakistan confirm, we still agreed to negotiate with the Taliban in the larger national interest, because other members of parliament needed some convincing we agreed to hold talks with the Taliban. Parliament unanimously support our decision. We were given authority to negotiate with the Taliban and if they did not live up to their end of the bargain, then we had parliamentary approval for a military operation.

We struck a deal with them, what I thought was a pretty fair deal, we compromised on our stance on Sharia law for the areas they controlled. This would be laws decided by parliament and not the Taliban, in exchange they were to lay down their arms and accept the constitution of Pakistan. These negotiations started in February 2009. On April 13th 2009, Pakistan kept its promise to the Taliban. The President signed into specific laws for Swat in accordance with the Talibans’ demands. April 19th 2009, just 6 days later, not even one week had passed and the Taliban broke their side of the bargain. They declared the constitution of Pakistan as un-Islamic, rejected our judicial system demanded the federal government call back all judges and that they would have their own legal system.
Then they broke the ceasefire first, marched into Bajaur and our army had no choice but to fight back. I know Imran Khan is getting old, but surely he’s not losing his memory already? This happened only 3 years ago. The whole world was watching. We were called all sorts of names by America for trying to ‘cut a deal with the Taliban’ which they are now seeking to do by the way. We had to do what was in the national interest and we did.

These are the people who murdered my mother. Who shot Malala. Who removed our flag from Swat, who attack us on a daily basis. Until today I still say we are willing to talk. Lay down your arms, stop attacking our country and our people, respect the constitution of Pakistan and we will not need to launch any military operations. They are the ones who refuse. Now why should we trust them? They have proven they cannot be trusted. When will our cowardly politicians wake up and fight back for sake of our country, for the sake of our solders and for sake of our innocent people, we are willing to negotiate but we are not willing to give up on Jinnah’s Pakistan, on Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan and on Malala’s Pakistan. Just because the terrorists are scary, just so some old fogies can yet again negotiate our future away so the short time they have left passes easily and by the time ‘our future leaders’ are ready to lead we are left to live in the Taliban’s Pakistan?

Another argument you will hear from the cowards is that this is all the fault of US drones strikes. That’s just not true. Read my lips. Malala Yousufzai was not a US drone. We oppose US drone strikes. We have done what the military dictator with all his might could not. We shut Shamsi air base. It was when the mullahs of the MMA were in power in KPK and Musharraf was in government that the drones strike first started not in our government. They weren’t blaming the drones then but now when they are in opposition suddenly its all the drones fault.

Tell me this. What started first? Drones strikes or terrorism. Since it is a indisputable fact that terrorism started first. Can we all agree that drones did not start terrorism.

Can we also all agree that we all oppose drone strikes? That they may not have started terrorism but they do indeed make things worse, the loss of civilian life as collateral damage is unacceptable. The United States violation of its own laws, our laws and international laws while dictating its agenda to the rest of the world is the height of hypocrisy.

The US is also smart. They play games with the world. Send out signals and pretend that the government of Pakistan has secretly given their blessing to drone strikes. That’s just not true. Let me make it absolutely clear. We oppose US drone strikes. I have sat in the room when President Zardari met with President Obama three years ago and opposed the use of drone strike. I’ve sat in the room when the President met with Hillary Clinton many times and each time he has opposed drone strikes. We’ve said it again and again at every forum from the United Nations to the streets of Pakistani we oppose drone strikes.

Parliament has ruled that we do not support US drone strikes. I can’t speak for any secret deal former general dictator Musharraf may have approved. He was a military dictator. He did not have the mandate of the people. It is the people’s parliament that has spoken and unanimously opposed US drone strikes. Any secret agreement made with America under the dictatorship of the Musharraf regime stands null and void. It has been superseded by the new terms of our foreign policy set by parliament and we have been clear we oppose US drone strikes. So now what is their excuse?

Yet the Americans still pretend that Oh we have to say that but actually we mean to give them approval. Let me make it absolutely clear, we are not responsible for what you think we mean to say we are only responsible for what say. We oppose drone strikes. If this misconception still exists and the Americans have wrongfully inferred from something our diplomats said, something our generals have said, something our foreign ministry have said, something the president may have said, if America has misunderstood us, I’m making it clear now, we oppose drone strikes, we demand they cease and deceits immediately. No one at any level of government has any authority to undermine parliament.

There is no other party that would do anything different to what we have done. Let’s take the PTI for example. You all know who Shah Mehmood Qureshi is? He is the vice-chairman of PTI. I have a lot of respect for Shah Mehmood Qureshi. He was our Foreign Minister for the first few years of our government. Do you think he would have approved drone strikes when he was our FM? I’m sure he didn’t. I sat in many many meetings with Shah Mehmood Qureshi. I listened to many of his speeches. He never in private or in public disagreed with our stance, nor did he try and argue with the party leadership to change our stance because nothing needed changing. We never have and never will support US drone strikes in Pakistan. period. If he was aware that the government, the president, the PM or anyone in this government approved drone strikes would he not have resigned immediately and cited drone strikes as the reason for his resignation? If he could stop drones strikes when he was our FM, why didn’t he? If he couldn’t what would he do differently as FM in a PTI government? We all oppose US drone strikes lets not pretend that this not the case.

After the OBL raid, the PPP and the President of Pakistan were one of the few political parties to stand by our generals and our soldiers.

Even Nawaz Sharif was calling for our military and intelligence leadership to be sacked. President Zardari was defending our military leadership and defending Pakistan. When the whole world wanted them gone, when the opposition wanted them gone, President Zardari stood by the armed forces of Pakistan and lived up to his title of Commander-in-Chief. Now even the Americans accept, that Pakistan did not know OBL was here and he was hiding in plane sight. This has been admitted by US Admiral William McRaven.

We’ve presided over a fundamental transformation of Pakistani foreign policy when our Parliament decided what our relationship with America would be like on our own terms. Unlike the military dictator before us, we did not base our whole country’s foreign policy on a single threatening phone call from an American president. Let me remind you. It was this Pakistan People Party government that made the United States of America apologize not on their terms but on our own terms.

No other government has done this. No other country could do this. But when my Salala was attacked a superpower was made to apologize to Pakistan.

People confuse the PPP’s opposition to military dictatorships with some sort of animosity towards the army as an institution. This is not the case. The facts have proved us right once again. We never oppose any institution as a whole it is only when an individual usurps the power of the whole institution into a single person and imposes dictatorship then we have a problem. Then we will oppose in a way that only the PPP knows how and we will win. We always will win. We are committed to democracy in Pakistan. Our leaders have given their lives for democracy in Pakistan. If an individual takes over an institution then our fight has and always will be against the individual and not the institution as a whole. The same would apply to any other institution, if anyone considers using the judiciary for example to impose effective judicial martial law on this country we will never attack the institution, we will never ridicule the institution, our fight will only be with the individual who usurps powers that belong to the people of Pakistan and no one man alone.

Inter-institutional conflict and even inter-political party conflict, specially when it comes to our national counter terrorism policy is extremely counter productive. This is why the PPP has made a genuine push for reconciliation to unite political parties despite our difference. It is why despite being threatened by various quarters we’ve all ways pulled back from all out conflict between institutions.

When I discuss terrorism it is not just as some other politician. I’m also speaking as a son whose mother has been assassinated, as a member of a family who are victims of terrorism. The pain of losing my mother Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto has been a fate worse than death. I was 19 years old when my mother was assassinated, my sister Bakhtawar was just 17, my youngest sister Aseefa was only 14.

It is a pain I would not wish on my worst enemies. When I call on all political parties to unite on this issue. I’m not asking for them to do this just for me and my sisters, I’m not even calling for this unity just to avenge the death of my mother and our leader but I plead for this unity so that we can stop ordinary Pakistanis from falling victims just as I have. Every single day innocent Pakistani civilian fall victim to this menace of terrorism. I feel their pain. We owe them, ever single political party owes them the unity and leadership required to end their suffering.

I know this is possible. The Pakistan Peoples Party stands ready and willing to invite every single political party to join us in this fight. I know the ANP of Pakhtunkhwa have suffered like my party has suffered. Their leader Asfandayar Wali Khan stands shoulder to shoulder with President Asif Zardari in this fight. Despite our past differences with the MQM, we have been willing to put these difference aside and unite against this common enemy. We have to protect Jinnah’s Pakistan from the threat of the Taliban so that there still is a Karachi tomorrow for us to address the various issues on which we do disagree.

PML(N) has been part of our coalition before and although it was short lived and we tend to focus on all of the reasons we disagreed. Look at what we did achieve together. It was partly because of the support from the party in power in Punjab that we built the necessary consensus in the country that allowed us to end Taliban rule in Swat and raise the flag of Pakistan there once again. I hope this is a different PML(N) from the 1990s. I am certain Nawaz Sharif is genuinely an ally in supporting democracy in Pakistan. If he would just ignore the hawks in his party, show the leadership I know he is capable of, build census with the PPP on the threat of terrorism we can eradicate this menace together.

I even welcome Imran Khan’s decision to finally partake in the next general election. I am confident his inclusion will have a positive impact of politics of Pakistan. While there are major issues on which we disagree there is plenty of common ground for us to agree. I know that much of his and other’s attacks on my party on the issue of corruption are actually a result of the propaganda campaign against my party and my mother in the 1990s. I know that just as the Asghar Khan case proved my mother correct when she said the 1990 elections were stolen from her. I am also certain history will also prove she was right when she said unelected people accuse elected politicians of corruption to discredit politicians and undermine democracy in Pakistan.

That said corruption is a serious and pressing issue that is eating away at the fabric of Pakistan. My mother Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto did not sacrifice her life for democracy in pakistan only for corrupt people to make money out of a democratic pakistan. I look forward to working with the PTI, PML(N), MMA or any party on this issue to ensure a transparent method of tackling corruption while ensuring it is not used as a weapon to demonize and victimize political opposition. In exchange however the PTI, PML(N) and other parties sympathetic to the Taliban would also have to agree to have a serious conversation on the issue of terrorism and accept that not only is it a real threat but it is a threat from within that needs to be address with unity in an apolitical manner.

I am even certain we can build consensus with the religious parties including Jamat-e-Islami. This political party has a long history of opposition to the PPP. However, I respect them for their willingness to engage in the democratic process and I know they have vigorous theological debates that includes Islamic scholars in formulating their political and theological philosophy. The TTP may sound like they propagate similar views even if they do so with violence. However, the religious parties should not be fooled. They are after your vote bank. You will be their targets. Time and time again they have mocked and ridiculed the work of islamic scholars, they do not believe in our islam, they do not agree with you, once they have rid the country of people like me they will, I guarantee you this, they will come after the leadership of religious parties. They are not fighting this war so that any other political force can rule pakistan. They are fighting so that they can rule Pakistan. I appeal to the leadership of religious political parties, join us in this fight now or you will be their next victims.

All of you gathered hear today are the youth of Punjab. Your capital city of Lahore houses our great national monument marking the spot where the resolution of Pakistan was passed, Minar-e-Pakistan. Punjab has also suffered at the hand of extremism. It may not have suffered as many attacks as other provinces but I promise you it will be next.

If we don’t want Minar-e-Pakistan to become Yaadgar-e-Pakistan, it is time for all political forces in this country to unite on the one point agenda of defeating the Taliban’s terrorism and saving Pakistan.

It is time for our leaders to get on board or get out of the way. Don’t do it for me. Don’t even do it for the sake of my martyred mother. Do it for innocent men women and children who are falling victim everyday. Do it before this menace claims the lives of your children as well. Unite and save Pakistan for all of us. For all those auditioning to be leaders of the youth I’ve got some insider secrets I’d like to share with you. We want unity. We are not looking for old men to be our saviours. We are not waiting to be leaders of tomorrow.

If Malala can stand up now each and every youth in this country is ready to stand up now. Don’t be leaders of tomorrow. We are ready for you to be leaders of today.
Thank you.”

Empowering people and provinces by Government to strengthen country: President Zardari

صدرمملکت آصف علی زرداری نے کہاہے کہ پاکستان کے استحکام اور آئندہ نسلوں کے مستقبل کو محفوظ بنانے کے لئے عوام اور صوبوں کو بااختیار بنانا ان کی ترجیح ہے۔ وہ منگل کو ایوان صدر میں ’پاکستان کے مستقبل کے رہنما‘ (پاک۔لاٹ) کی دوسری کانفرنس سے خطاب کررہے تھے جس کا اہتمام نوجوانوں سے رابطے کے لئے صدرمملکت آصف علی زرداری کے خصوصی اقدام پر وزارت اطلاعات ونشریات نے کیاتھا۔ صدر مملکت آصف علی زرداری نے کہاکہ انہوںنے منصب سنبھالنے کے بعد پہلا کام یہ کیا کہ عوام کو بااختیار بنانے کے لئے پارلیمان کے ساتھ اتفاق رائے پیدا کیا۔ انہوں نے کہاکہ ملک میں جمہوریت کو مضبوط بنانے کے لئے انہوںنے رضاکارانہ طورپر اختیارات پارلیمان کو منتقل کردئیے۔ ملک کی جیوسٹرٹیجک ماحول کا حوالہ دیتے ہوئے انہوںنے کہاکہ پاکستان کو کمزور کرنے کی کوششیں کی جارہی ہیں

ISLAMABAD, Nov 20 (APP) President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday said that it was his priority to empower people and provinces for strengthening Pakistan and safeguarding future of the coming generations. “The first thing I did after assuming office was to create consensus in the Parliament for the empowerment of the people,” the President said while addressing the second ‘Pakistan Leaders of Tomorrow’ conference here at Aiwan-e-Sadr. It was organised by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on the special initiative of President Zardari.

He said that he voluntarily gave all the powers of the Presidency to the Parliament in order to strengthen democracy in the country.

Referring to geo-strategic environment, the President said that the attempts were being made to weaken Pakistan, but he strengthened federating units in order to strengthen the country, promote unity and harmony, and to counter those designs.

The President said the Government not only pursued policy of reconciliation at home but also took steps to improve its relations with the neighboring countries.
He said the Government, from day one, has emphasized on “trade not aid” to address Pakistan’s economic problems.

“We believe in increased trade as it contributes to peace and development,” he added.

The President said Pakistan was facing a great challenge from the mindset that attacked Malala Yousafzai in Swat.

He urged the youth to take up the challenge and fight this mindset as it is threatening the country and the future generations.
Appreciating the potential of youth in Pakistan, the President said it is time that every one should not think what the country has given to him but every one should think “what we have given to the country”.

The President said, “Energy is the driver of economy and growth but we are facing energy crisis”. He said without blaming anyone for the present ills and the current situation, it was important that leaders of today take the responsibility to address the problem.

The later part of the President’s speech turned into an interactive session when the President invited the students to ask questions.
Referring to his voluntarily transfer of powers to the Parliament, the President said he even transferred the control of the nuclear power and entrusted it to the parliament.

He said collective wisdom is always better than individual wisdom, therefore, the PPP always adopted the policy of reconciliation and empowered the parliament which is the true representative of the people of Pakistan.

The President said every Pakistani was patriotic. Referring to the qualities and potential of the youth, he said, the youth could play an effective role in confronting the present challenges.

Relying to the questions, the President said Pakistan has very clear policy on the drone attacks adding that the Government has taken a number of steps to provide relief to the affected people.

He said that the affected areas in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and FATA have been allocated more development funds as compared to previous years.
The President said, “we have to find solution to the drone issue through diplomatic means”.

Replying to a question about how the youth could become a leader, the President said, “there is no short cut to success”. He said if the people around any leader considered him or her as the leader, then he/she is a leader. The President, on this occasion, mentioned Shaheed Benazir Bhutto saying that she was leader as people around her considered her as their leader. He said hard work and dedication coupled with struggle and sacrifice were essential to becoming a leader.

Replying to another question about recent attack by Israel on Palestine, the President said Pakistan has strongly condemned this attack. He said the Foreign Office has issued a strong condemnation on this issue while the Pakistani leadership also issued similarly statements.

Regarding poverty alleviation, he said, Benazir Income Support Programme is meant for empowerment and helping the poor families especially the women. Presently over 70 million are being benefitted from this Program, he said.

On the security issues, the President said that maintaining law and order was a provincial subject, however, the Federal Government was providing all out help and assistance to the provinces to improve law and order situation.

President Zardari highlights Pakistan’s priorities during New York visit

By Fayyaz Chaudhry

NEW YORK, Sept 29 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari, who led Pakistan’s delegation to 67th General Assembly session of the United Nations, urged the international community to join hands in fighting extremism and terrorism, promoting religious harmony, ensuring peace and security and making the world polio free. President Zardari, while highlighting some of the challenges being faced by Pakistan, informed the world that the country was taking serious steps to fight terrorism and extremism, alleviate poverty and eradicate polio, besides extending cooperation to the countries through developing strong ties based on equality and mutual trust.
The President, who arrived here last Sunday and was scheduled to leave on Saturday, in his address to the UN General Assembly, told the international community that Pakistan had taken a number of steps for ensuring peace and security both at regional and international levels.

He very effectively and successfully conveyed the message to the world that Pakistan had been fighting extremism and terrorism, and extending full support to the international community in this regard.

The President, in his meetings with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and other leaders emphasized the need for more cooperation and coordination in the efforts to fight extremism and terrorism.

Another important engagement of the President was to attend an important discussion by the donors countries and organizations, where the international community expressed their commitment to eradicate polio from Pakistan, which is among the three countries having polio cases.

Participation of President’s daughter Aseefa Bhutto Zardari in the conference on polio eradication from Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan was another segment of the visit. In her address, she expressed her commitment that she as a Goodwill Ambassador would make her country polio free.

President Zardari also touched upon the sensitive issue of expansion in the Security Council, saying that Pakistan did not want new centers of privileges, no more permanent members to the Council and make it more democratic.

As Pakistan is an important player in the international community, President Asif Ali Zardari explained to the world that in maintaining peace and security in the region, his country had rendered tremendous sacrifices. It has lost over 7,000 soldiers and policemen, and over 37,000 civilians, he added.

The President urged the world community to take practical steps to punish elements involved in disgracing the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and annoying the Muslims through making a sacrilegious film.

The President said, “We must not become silent observers and should criminalize acts of incitement of hate against the Muslims faith and Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

President Zardari also mentioned the drone strikes issue in his speech and said that the civilian casualties due to the drone attacks were adding to the complexity of the ballet for winning the hearts and minds of the people.

Another important segment of the visit was a trilateral meeting with the United Kingdom and Afghan leaders.

The three countries leadership reaffirmed their commitment to continue working for the goals of regional peace, stability and development and for the elimination of the scourge of terrorism from the region.

President Zardari, while highlighting the importance of durable peace and stability in Afghanistan, underscored the need for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process in that country.

Text of President Zardari’s speech at UN General Assembly

Bismilla hirrahmaan irrahim —

Assalam-o-Alaikum — Peace be upon you.

Before I take up my speech, I want to express the strongest condemnation for the acts of incitement of hate against the faith of billions of Muslims of the world and our beloved prophet, Mohammad (peace be upon him).

The International community must not become silent observers and should criminalize such acts that destroy the peace of the world and endanger world security by misusing freedom of expression.

Pakistan moves the United Nations to immediately address in earnest this alarming concern and the widening rift to enable the comity of nations to be one again.

Mr. President, 

I want to congratulate you on your election to this important post.

I want to convey our appreciation of the previous President, His Excellency Nassir Abdul Aziz Al Nasser, from our brotherly state of Qatar, who skillfully preceded you.

I would like to further express our appreciation for the laudable work of the honorable Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. We greatly appreciate his leadership in guiding the work of this organization.

It is a special privilege to be with you today, representing the brave and courageous people of Pakistan.

Globally, we face enormous challenges.

But with collective efforts and commitment we can provide a better future to our people.

We must work to end poverty.

We must work to protect the planet, and mitigate climate change.

We must ensure equal rights to all peoples, and protect the weak & vulnerable.

We must pursue justice and fairness for all people.

We must pursue the peaceful settlement of international disputes.

We must save our current and future generations from the horrors of war.

I think of my own three children and the generations of children yet unborn.

They, and all the children of the world, deserve safety, stability, and security.

These goals have guided me throughout my four years in office as President of Pakistan.

These are the goals and principles about which I want to talk to you today.

Mr. President, 

Pakistan’s engagement with the United Nations lies at the heart of these goals.

We are proud of going above and beyond the call of duty in fulfilling our international responsibilities.

Pakistan has consistently been among the top UN peacekeeping troop contributors for many years.

Today, over 10,000 Pakistani troops proudly wear the UN Blue Helmets in the service of our brothers and sisters around the world.

Mr. President, 

Our election to the Security Council reflects our commitment to world peace.

It is also a vote of confidence by the international community for Pakistan and Ambassador Haroon.

The UN represents our common aspirations for peace and development.

However, it needs reform.

The UN system must become more democratic and more accountable.

Reform should be based on consensus and democratic principles.

Mr. President,

In the last several years, Pakistan has repeatedly suffered from natural calamities.

The people of Pakistan appreciate the support of the United Nations and the international community.

Mr. President, 

Being a democratic country, we believe that legitimate aspirations of any people should be accommodated peacefully. and in a manner consistent with sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.

We support the rights of the Palestinian people and an independent Palestinian State.

We also favor the admission of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations.

Mr. President, 

There are a lot of questions that are asked of Pakistan these days.

I am not here to answer questions about Pakistan.

The people of Pakistan have already answered them.

The politicians of Pakistan have answered them.

The soldiers of Pakistan have answered them.

We have lost over seven thousand Pakistani soldiers and policemen, and over 37,000 civilians.

We have lost our Minister for Minority Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti and my friend Salmaan Taseer, the Governor of our most populous province of Punjab, to the mindset of extremism.

And I need not remind my friends here today, that I bear a personal scar.

On December 27, 2007 knowing her life was under threat from the mindset she had warned the world against, Pakistan’s first elected woman leader and my wife Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was martyred through the bullets and bombs of terrorists.

Terrorism and extremism have destroyed human lives, torn social fabric, and devastated the economy.

Our economy, our lives, our ability to live in the shadow of our Sufi saints and our freedom-loving forefathers have been challenged.

We have responded.

Our soldiers have responded.

So I am not here to answer questions about Pakistan.

I am here to ask some questions on behalf of my people.

On behalf the two year old baby who was killed in the bombing at Lahore’s Moon Market on December 7, 2009.

On behalf of Pervaiz Masih, a Christian Pakistani, who was killed with six others, trying to protect Muslim Pakistanis during a bomb attack on the Islamic University in Islamabad on October 20, 2009.

On behalf of Mr. GHA-YOOR, the Commandant of the Frontier Constabulary police force in Peshawar, who was assassinated by militants on August 4, 2010.

On behalf of the traders and entrepreneurs in Peshawar, Quetta, Lahore and Karachi, of the dozens of marketplaces that have been ravaged by multiple bombings. Over and over and over again.

And perhaps most of all, on behalf of my three children, whose mother Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was also martyred by terrorists.

Mr. President, 

For more than thirty years, our doors have been open to my Afghan brothers and sisters.

For many years, we were left to fend for ourselves and our Afghan guests.

Mr. President, 

I remember the red carpet that was rolled out for all the dictators in our country – dictators who promised the international community the moon – while Pakistan was kept in the dark.

These dictators and their regimes are responsible for suffocating and throttling Pakistan, Pakistan’s institutions, and Pakistani democracy.

I remember the judicial execution of Pakistan’s first elected leader, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

I remember the jailing of Pakistan’s elected leaders.

I remember the twelve years I, myself spent in prison.

And I remember the billions provided by the international community to support those dictatorships.

My country, its social fabric, its very character has been altered.

Our condition today is a product of dictatorships.

Mr. President,

No country and no people have suffered more in the epic struggle against terrorism, than Pakistan.

Drone strikes and civilian casualties on our territory add to the complexity of our battle for hearts and minds through this epic struggle.

To those who say we have not done enough, I say in all humility:

Please do not insult the memory of our dead, and the pain of our living.

Do not ask of my people, what no one has ever asked of any other peoples.

Do not demonize the innocent women, and children of Pakistan.

And please, stop this refrain to do more.

The simplest question of all is:

How much more suffering can Pakistan endure?

Mr. President, 

I am sure the international community does not want any suffering anywhere, least of all in Pakistan.

We believe in fact, that the international community is a partner.

This is because it is the common interest of all nations to work together.

In Pakistan democracy has helped bring about a major strategic shift in how we view working together.

Within Pakistan, our democracy has brought about major changes.

InshaAllah, this will be the first civilian government in Pakistan’s sixty-six year history to complete its full, five year term.

In this time, Parliament has passed unprecedented reforms.

We have restored the consensus 1973 Constitution.

The National Assembly has enacted wide ranging social reforms.

We have established a National Commission on Women and a National Commission on Human Rights.

We have established for the very first time a truly Independent Election Commission, to ensure free, fair and transparent elections.

Our media is free, uncensored and thriving.

Our civil society is flourishing under the protection of democracy.

We have created the first social safety net through the women of Pakistan for the weak and less privileged. Millions of families have benefitted.

We have aided the poor and at the same time empowered the women of our households.

This safety net is called the Benazir Income Support Program.

These are the gifts of democracy.

This is the dream of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

Mr. President, 

The growing regional pivot in Pakistan’s foreign policy is a reflection of our democratic policy-making.

In engaging with our region, we are changing the future.

In China our strategic partnership is growing from strength to strength.

In Afghanistan, we have begun to engage and deepen our friendship with the entire range of the Afghan political spectrum.

We believe that a sovereign, stable and secure Afghanistan is good for the Afghan people.

And what is good for the Afghan people is good for Pakistan.

While our hearts and homes remain open to our Afghan brothers, it is imperative that the international community support the three million Afghan refugees in Pakistan in their quest to return home with dignity.

A brighter Afghan future will only be possible when the search for peace is Afghan-owned, Afghan-driven and Afghan-led.

We respect and support the efforts of the Government of Afghanistan for reconciliation and peace.

Pakistan will support in every way possible, any process that reflects Afghan national consensus.

Similarly, we approach our relations with India on mutual trust.

The contacts between our leadership are expanding.

I was encouraged by my discussions with the Prime Minister of India last month in Tehran, who I met for the fifth time in four years.

Mr. President, 

Our principled position on territorial disputes remains a bedrock of our foreign policy.

We will continue to support the right of the people of Jammu & Kashmir to peacefully choose their destiny in accordance with the UN Security Council’s long-standing resolutions on this matter.

Kashmir remains a symbol of the failures, rather than strengths of the UN system.

We feel that resolution of these issues can only be arrived in an environment of cooperation.

By normalizing trade relations we want to create a regional South Asian narrative.

This narrative will provide an environment that will mutually benefit the countries of our region.

Mr. President, 

Along this road, there are pitfalls.

One of them is the tendency to respond to failure through blame.

Pakistan does not blame others for the challenges it faces.

We believe we should look for win-win solutions.

Regional cooperation and connectivity will bring us closer and bind us together.

It will make us stakeholders in each other’s futures.

Our hosting of a quadrilateral summit next month and our signing of the Afghan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement are proof of this commitment to regional connectivity.

The lesson we learnt in Pakistan from the last thirty years is that history cannot be changed.

But the future can-a future that is brighter, more prosperous and more secure,

not only for Pakistanis, but for all people of the region, and indeed the world.

I must thank the member states of the European Union for recognizing the value of trade to Pakistan.

We seek trade, rather than aid.

By granting trade concession to Pakistan, the EU has sent a positive message.

The trade concessions will help us revive the economy and fight terrorism.

Mr. President, 

As we embark on this ambitious transformative experience, we are aware that there are threats and pitfalls.

One of them is the spread and illegal trade of heroin.

Despite the presence of international forces in Afghanistan, the size of the heroin trade has increased by 3000% in the last decade.

The heroin industry is eroding the social fabric of our societies.

Terrorist activities within our region and indeed all over the world are funded and fueled by the unrestricted production and sale of illegal drugs.

Pakistan has pursued an ambitious agenda to control this menace.

We are coordinating with our neighbors and will hold a conference later this year to develop a unified approach to stamping out this drug trade.

I call upon this august body, and especially those nations represented here who are actively engaged in the region.

In this great hall of international collective action, let us begin this process –

here, today, together.

Mr. President, Excellencies, delegates, fellow citizens of the world:

I have committed my Presidency and my nation’s future to a paradigm shift.

A permanent democratic future for Pakistan.

It has not been easy.

But nothing worth fighting for is easy.

We long ago stopped thinking of doing what is easy.

Instead, we have committed ourselves to doing what is right.

In that regard, I recall the powerful words of my beloved martyred wife and my leader Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto when she appeared before this august body sixteen years ago.

Her words ring out and can guide us into a new future.

She said in 1996:

“I dream of a third millennium in which the gap between rich and poor evaporates; in which illiteracy, hunger, malnutrition and disease are at long last conquered;

I dream of a third millennium in which every child is planned, wanted, nurtured and supported; and in which the birth of a girl is welcomed with the same joy as that of a boy.

I dream of a millennium of tolerance and pluralism, in which people respect other people, nations respect other nations, and religions respect other religions. That is the third millennium I see for my country and all of yours.”

We have made some progress towards achieving these goals.

But so much remains to be done.

In her memory and in the name of God Almighty, Pakistan commits to that path again today.

Thank you ladies and gentlemen, and may peace be upon you, and your countries, and the people of your countries.

Pakistan Zindabad. 

صدرمملکت اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان عزت مآب آصف علی زرداری کا اقوام متحدہ کی جنرل اسمبلی کے 67ویں اجلاس سے خطاب

بسم اللہ الرحمٰن الرحیم
جناب صدر،
السلام علیکم ۔۔آپ پرسلامتی ہو

ا پنا خطاب شروع کرنے سے پہلے ، میں دنیا کے اربوں مسلمانوں کے مذہب اسلام اور ہمارے محبوب پیغمبر حضرت محمدۖ کے خلاف نفرت ابھارنے کے اقدامات کی شدید الفاظ میں مذمت کا اظہا رکرنا چاہتا ہوں۔
عالمی برادری کو خاموش تماشائی نہیں بننا چاہئے بلکہ دنیا کے امن کو تباہ اور اظہار رائے کی آزادی کے غلط استعمال پر عالمی سلامتی کو خطرے میں ڈالنے والے ایسے اقدامات کو جرم قرار دینا چاہئے۔
پاکستان اقوام متحدہ سے مطالبہ کرتا ہے کہ وہ فوری طور پر اس شدید تشویش اور بڑھتے ہوئے خلیج کا ازالہ کرکے تمام ممالک کو ایک باپھرمتحد ہونے کے قابل بنائے ۔
جناب صدر،
میں اس اہم عہدے کے لئے آپ کے انتخاب پرآپ کو مبارک باد دینا چاہتاہوں ۔
میں برادرانہ ملک قطرسے تعلق رکھنے والے سابق صدرناصرعبدالعزیزالنصر اورعزت مآب سیکرٹری جنرل بان کی مون کی رہنمائی میں اس تنظیم کے لئے ان کی خدمات کوبھی خراج تحسین پیش کرنا چاہتا ہوں۔
آج آپ کے مابین میری موجودگی میرے لئے خصوصی اعزازکی بات ہے کہ میں پاکستان کے بہادرعوام کی نمائندگی کررہا ہوں ۔


عالمی سطح پر ہمیں بڑے چیلنجز کا سامنا ہے
لیکن اجتماعی کوششوں اور عزم کے ساتھ ہم اپنے عوام کو اچھا مستقبل فراہم کرسکتے ہیں۔
ہمیں غربت کے خاتمہ ،کرہ ارض کے تحفظ اور موسمیاتی تبدیلی سے نمٹنے کیلئے کام کرنا چاہئے۔
ہمیں تمام لوگوں کو مساوی حقوق کی فراہمی اور کمزور افراد کے تحفظ کو یقینی بنانا چاہئے۔
ہمیں تمام لوگوں کیلئے انصاف اور حق کی بات اور عالمی تنازعات کے پرامن تصفیہ کیلئے کوششیں کرنی چاہئے۔
ہمیں اپنے موجودہ اور مستقبل کی نسل کو جنگ کی ہولناکیوں سے محفوظ بنانا چاہئے۔
میرے خیال میں میرے  اپنے تین بچے، ابھی آنیوالی نسل اور پوری دنیا کے بچے تحفظ ، استحکام اور سیکورٹی کے حقدار ہیں۔
پاکستان کے صدر کے عہدے پر تمام چار برسوں کے دوران ان مقاصد نے میری رہنمائی کی۔
یہ ہی وہ مقاصد اور اصول ہیں جن پر آج میں بات کرنا چاہتا ہوں۔
جناب صدر۔
اقوام متحدہ کے ساتھ پاکستان کے تعلقات ان مقاصد کا بنیادی نقطہ ہے۔ ہمیں اپنی عالمی ذمہ داریوں کی تکمیل کی ڈیوٹی کی انجام دہی پر فخر ہے۔
پاکستان کافی عرصہ سے مسلسل اقوام متحدہ کی امن فوج میں ایک بڑے شراکت دار کے طور پر حصہ لے رہا ہے۔
اس وقت دنیا میں ہمارے بھائیوں اور بہنوں کی خدمت کیلئے 10 ہزار سے زائد پاکستانی فوجی انتہائی فخر کے ساتھ اقوام متحدہ کی نیلی ٹوپی پہنے ہوئے ہیں۔
سلامتی کونسل کیلئے بھی ہمارا انتخاب عالمی امن کیلئے ہمارے عزم کا عکاس ہے۔
یہ بھی عالمی برادری کی جانب سے پاکستان اور سفیر ہارون پر اعتماد کا اظہار ہے۔
اقوام متحدہ امن اور ترقی کیلئے ہماری مشترکہ خواہشات کی نمائندگی کرتی ہے تاہم اس میں اصلاحات کی ضرورت ہے۔
اقوام متحدہ کا نظام زیادہ جمہوری اور جوابدہ ہونے کے ساتھ ساتھ اتفاق رائے اور جمہوری اصولوں پر مبنی ہونا چاہئے۔
گزشتہ کئی سالوں سے پاکستان قدرتی آفات سے بار بار متاثر ہوا ہے اور پاکستانی عوام مشکلات کی ان گھڑیوں میں اقوام متحدہ اور عالمی برادری کے تعاون کو قدر کی نگاہ سے دیکھتی ہے۔
ایک جمہوری ملک ہونے کے ناطے ہم اس بات پر یقین رکھتے ہیں کہ کسی بھی شخص کی جائز خواہشات کو پرامن انداز میں جگہ دی جائے جو ان کی خودمختاری ، اتحاد اور علاقائی سالمیت سے متصادم نہ ہو۔
ہم فلسطینی عوام اور ایک آزاد فلسطینی ریاست کے حق اور اقوام متحدہ میں فلسطین کو ایک مکمل رکن کی حیثیت سے شامل کرنے کی حمایت کرتے ہیں۔
بہت سے سوالات ہیں جو آج پاکستان  سے کیے جارہے ہیں۔
میں یہاں پر پاکستان سے متعلق سوالات کے جوابات دینے کیلئے  نہیں آیا۔ پاکستانی عوام سیاستدانوں اور فوج نے پہلے ہی ان کے جوابات دے دیئے ہیں۔

ہم نے سات ہزار سے زائد پاکستانی فوجیوں اور پولیس اہلکاروں اور 37 ہزار سے زائد شہریوں کی قربانی دی ہے۔ ہم نے وفاقی وزیر اقلیتی امور شہباز بھٹی اور میرے دوست گورنر پنجاب سلمان تاثیر کو کھویا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ 27 دسمبر 2007ء کو یہ جاتے ہوئے بھی کہ انتہاء پسندوں کی جانب سے ان کی زندگی کو خطرہ ہے پاکستان کی پہلی منتخب خاتون لیڈر اور میری اہلیہ شہید محترمہ بینظیر بھٹو کو دہشت گردوں کی گولیوں اور بموں سے شہید کیا گیا۔


دہشت گردی اور انتہا پسندی نے انسانی زندگیوں کو تباہ کیا۔ ہمارے معاشرتی ڈھانچے اور معیشت کو تباہ و برباد کر دیا ۔
ہماری معیشت، ہماری زندگیاں اور صوفی بزرگوں کی تعلیمات کے سائے میں زندگی گزارنے کی اہلیت اور آزادی سے محبت کرنے والے آباوء اجداد کو چیلنج کر دیا گیاہے جس کا ہم نے جواب دیا ہے۔
ہمارے فوجیوں نے جوای کارروائی کی۔
میں یہاں پر آپ کے سوالوں کا جواب دینے کیلئے نہیں آیا ہوں بلکہ میں پاکستانی عوام کی طرف سے آپ سے کچھ سوالات کرنا چاہتا ہوں۔ میں اس دوسالہ بچے کی طرف سے بات کرتا ہوں جو کہ 7 دسمبر 2009ء کو لاہور کی مون مارکیٹ میں بم دھماکہ سے جاں بحق ہوگیا تھا۔
6 دیگر افراد کے ساتھ ہلاک ہونے والے پرویز مسیح کی طرف سے سوال پوچھتا ہوں جو کہ اسلام آباد میں 20 اکتوبر 2009ء کو اسلامی یونیورسٹی میں بم حملہ میں ہلاک ہوگیا تھا۔
میں پشاور میں فرنٹیئر کانسٹیبلری کے کمانڈنٹ غیور کی طرف سے سوال کرتا ہوں جس کو 4 اگست 2010ء کو عسکریت پسندوں نے قتل کر دیا تھا۔
میں پشاور ، کوئٹہ، لاہور اور کراچی میں کئی بم دھماکوں سے تباہ ہونے والی مارکیٹوں کے تاجروں اور کاروباری حضرات کی طرف سے سوال کرتا ہوں اور شاید سب سے بڑھ کر میں اپنے ان 3 بچوں کی طرف سے سوال کرتا ہوں جن کی والدہ شہید محترمہ بینظیر بھٹو کو بھی دہشت گردوں نے قتل کر دیا تھا۔

جناب صدر۔۔۔
گزشتہ 30 سالوں سے ہمارے دروازے افغان بہن بھائیوں کیلئے کھلے رہے ہیں اور میں اپنے ملک میں ان تمام آمروں کے استقبال کو بھی یاد کرتا ہوں جنہوں نے عالمی برادری سے ملک کو چاند کی طرح روشن بنانے کا وعدہ کرکے تاریکیوں میں ڈال دیا۔
یہ آمروں اور ان کے ادوار پاکستان کا گلہ گھونٹے اور پاکستانی اداروں اور پاکستانی جمہوریت کا گلا دبانے کے ذمہ دار ہیں۔
میں پاکستان کے پہلے منتخب رہنما شہید ذوالفقار علی بھٹو کے عدالتی قتل کو بھی یاد کرتا ہوں۔
میں پاکستان کے منتخب رہنمائوں کو جیلوں میں قید کرنے کو بھی یاد کرتا ہوں۔
میں جیل گزارے گئے اپنے بارہ سال بھی یاد کرتا ہوں اور میں ان آمریتوں کو عالمی برادری کی طرف سے اربوں ڈالرز کی دی جانے والی امداد کا بھی ذکرکرتا ہوں۔
میرے ملک کا سماجی ڈھانچہ اور اس کا کردار بالکل تبدیل کر دیا گیا۔ ہماری موجودہ حالت آمریت کی پیداوار ہے ۔
جناب صدر۔۔
دنیا بھر کے کسی بھی ملک نے دہشت گردی کے خلاف جدوجہد میں پاکستان سے زیادہ نقصان نہیں اٹھایا۔ ہماری ہی حدود میں ڈرون حملوں اور شہریوں کی ہلاکتوں اور جانی نقصانات سے اس جدوجہد میں ہمارے دلوں اور دماغوں میں اس جنگ کے حوالہ سے پیچیدگیوں میں اضافہ ہوا۔
وہ لوگ جو یہ کہتے ہیں کہ ہم نے دہشت گردی کے خلاف کوئی زیادہ جنگ نہیں کی میں ان سے بڑی عاجزی سے کہتا ہوں کہ اس جنگ کے شہداء اور ہماری زندگی کو پیش آنے والی تکالیف کی توہین نہ کریں۔ میرے عوام سے نہ پوچھیں اور پاکستانی معصوم خواتین اور بچوں کو آسیب زدہ نہ کیا جائے اور سب سے آسان ترین سوال یہ ہے کہ پاکستان ایسی مزید مشکلات کس طرح مزید برداشت کرسکتا ہے۔
مجھے یقین ہے کہ عالمی برادری پاکستان اور دنیا بھر میں کہیں بھی اس قسم کی مشکلات اور تکالیف نہیں چاہتی ۔
جناب صدر۔۔
درحقیقت اس بات پر یقین رکھتے ہیں کہ عالمی برادری بھی ہماری شراکت دار ہے اور ایسا مشترکہ مفاد کیلئے تمام قوموں کے اکٹھے مل کر کام کرنے کی وجہ سے ہے۔
پاکستان میں جمہوریت سے اکٹھے کام کرنے کے تناظر میں بڑی سٹریٹجک تبدیلی لانے میں مدد ملی ہے۔
پاکستان کے اندر ہماری جمہوریت بھی بڑی تبدیلیاں لائی ہے۔
پاکستان کی ساٹھ سالہ تاریخ میں انشاء اللہ تعالیٰ یہ پہلی سویلین حکومت ہوگی جو کہ اپنی 5 سالہ مدت مکمل کرے گی۔

اس دوران پارلیمنٹ نے بے مثال اصلاحات منظور کیں۔
ہم نے 1973ء کے متفقہ آئین کو بحال کیا ہے۔
قومی اسمبلی نے بڑے پیمانے پر سماجی اصلاحات بارے قوانین بنائے۔
ہم نے خواتین کے لیے اور انسانی حقوق بارے قومی کمیشن بنائے۔
ہم نے پہلی مرتبہ ملک میں حقیقی آزاد الیکشن کمیشن بنایا تاکہ ملک میں آزادانہ منصفانہ اور شفاف انتخابات کے انعقاد کو یقینی بنایا جاسکے۔
ہمارا میڈیا آزاد ، غیر سنسر شدہ اور تیزی سے پھیل رہا ہے۔
ہماری سول سوسائٹی جمہوریت کے تحفظ میں فروغ پذیر ہے۔
ہم نے ملک کی کم مرعات یافتہ ، کمزور اور افلاس زدہ عوام کے لئے خواتین کے ذریعے پہلا سماجی تحفظ کا نظام بنایا جس سے لاکھوں خاندانوں کو فائدہ پہنچا ہے۔
ہم نے غریبوں کی مدد کی ہے اور اس کے ساتھ ساتھ گھریلو خواتین کو بھی با اختیار بنایا اور سماجی تحفظ کے اس نظام (نیٹ) کا نام بینظیر انکم سپورٹ پروگرام ہے۔
یہ  جمہوریت کے تحفے ہیں


اور یہ شہید محترمہ بینظیر بھٹو کا خواب ہے۔
جناب صدر۔۔
پاکستان کی خارجہ پالیسی میں علاقائی اہمیت ہماری جمہوری پالیسی سازی کا عکاس ہے۔
ہم اپنے خطہ میں امن مذاکرات کرکے مستقبل میں تبدیلی لارہے ہیں۔
چین میں ہماری سٹریٹجیک شراکت داری مضبوط سے مضبوط ہور رہی ہے۔
افغانستان میں ہم نے مذاکراتی عمل شروع کیا ہے اور افغان سیاسی رہنمائوں سے گہری دوستی کی ہے۔
ہم اس بات پر یقین رکھتے ہیں کہ خود مختار، مستحکم اور محفوظ افغانستان افغان عوام کے لیے اچھا ہے۔
اور جو کچھ افغان عوام کیلئے اچھا ہے وہ پاکستان کیلئے بھی اچھا ہے۔
ہمارے دل اور گھر افغان بھائیوں کیلئے کھلے ہیں۔ پاکستان میں موجود 30 لاکھ افغان مہاجرین کیلئے عالمی امداد بھی ناگزیر ہے جو کہ پاکستان سے باوقار طریقہ سے اپنے وطن واپسن جانے کے خواہاں ہیں۔
جناب صدر۔۔
کشمیر اقوام متحدہ کے مضبوط ترین نظام کے باوجود ابھی تک ناکامیوں کی علامت ہے ہم محسوس کرتے ہیں کہ اس قسم کے مسائل کے حل تک تعاون کے ماحول میں ہی پہنچا جاسکتا ہے۔
ہم تجارتی تعلقات کو معمول پر لاکر جنوبی ایشیائی خطہ کو باہم ملانا چاہتے ہیں۔
اکٹھے ہونے سے ایسا ماحول پیدا ہوگا جس سے خطہ کے ممالک کو باہمی طور پر فائدہ پہنچے گا۔
اس راستہ میں بڑے نشیب و فراز ہیں جن میں سے ایک ناکامی کی صورت میں الزام تراشی کا رجحان ہے۔
پاکستان درپیش مشکلات اور چیلنجز کا کسی پر الزام نہیں لگاتا۔ ہم اس بات پر یقین رکھتے ہیں کہ مسائل کو کامیابی سے حل تلاش کیا جائے۔
علاقائی تعاون اور رابطہ سے ہم ایک دوسرے کے قریب اور اکٹھے ہوجائیں گے۔ اس سے ہم مستقبال میں ایک دوسرے کے شراکت دار ہو جائیں گے۔
آئندہ مہینے ہماری طرف سے چار فریقی اعلیٰ سطحی اجلاس کا انعقاد اور افغان پاکستان عبوری تجارت بارے معاہدہ خطہ کو آپس میں ملانے کے ہمارے عزم کا ثبوت ہے۔
جناب صدر۔۔۔
ہم نے گزشتہ 30 سالوں سے پاکستان میں یہ سبق سیکھا ہے کہ تاریخ کو کبھی بھی تبدیل نہیں کیا جاسکتا۔ تاہم مستقبل کو تبدیل کیا جاسکتا ہے۔اور ایسا مستقبل جو کہ نہ صرف پاکستانیوں کے لیے بلکہ خطہ کے تمام لوگوں اور درحقیقت دنیا بھر کے لوگوں کیلئے زیادہ تابناک ، زیادہ خوشحال اور زیادہ محفوظ ہو۔
مجھے پاکستان کے ساتھ تجارت کی قدر وقیمت تسلیم کرنے پر یورپی یونین کے رکن ممالک کا بھی شکریہ ادا کرنا چاہئے۔ ہم امداد کی بجائے تجارت چاہتے ہیں۔
پاکستان کو تجارتی مراعات دے کر یورپی یونین نے مثبت پیغام دیا ہے۔ تجارتی مراعات سے ہمیں معیشت کی بحالی کے ساتھ ساتھ دہشتگردی کے خلاف لڑائی میں بھی مدد ملے گی۔
ہم اس مقصد کے لئے عبوری تجربہ کر رہے ہیں اس لیے ہم اس ضمن میں پیش آنے والے خطرات اور نشیب و فراز سے بھی آگاہ ہیں جن میں سے ایک ہیروئن کی غیر قانونی تجارت اور ہیروئن کا پھیلائو بھی ہے۔
افغانستان میں بین الاقوامی فورسز کی موجودگی کے باوجود گزشتہ دس سالوں میں ہیروئن کی تجارت کے حجم میں 3 ہزار فیصد اضافہ ہوا اور ہیروئن کی صنعت ہمارے معاشروں کے سماجی ڈھانچے کو تباہ کر رہی ہے۔ ہمارے خطہ اور دنیا بھر میں دہشت گردانہ کارروائیوں کیلئے رقومات ، منشیات کی غیر قانونی پیداوار اورفروخت سے فراہم کی جاتی ہیں۔
پاکستان نے اس لعنت پر قابو پانے کیلئے بامقصد ایجنڈا پر عمل کیا ہے۔
ہم اپنے ہمسایوں کے ساتھ رابطہ کر رہے ہیں اور اس سال کے آخر میں کانفرنس منعقد کرائیں گے تاکہ منشیات کی اس تجارت کو ختم کرنے کیلئے مشترکہ متفقہ لائحہ عمل بنایا جاسکے۔
میں اس باوقار ادارہ اور خطہ میں سرگرمی سے مصروف عمل اور خاص طور پر یہاں پر نمائندگی کرنے والی اقوام کو یاد دلاتا ہوں کہ آئیں آج سے ہم یہاں اجتماعی کوششوں کا یہ عمل شروع کریں۔
میں نے اپنی صدارت کے دوران اپنی قوم کے مستقبل کو بلندیوں تک لیجانے کا پختہ عزم کر رکھ اہے اور پاکستان کا مستقل طور پر جمہوری مستقبل ہو یہ آسان کام نہیں رہا ہے تاہم اس کیلئے جدوجہد جیسی قابل قدر کوئی چیز نہیں اور ہم نے آسان کاموں بارے سوچنا بہت پہلے چھوڑ دیا تھا۔
ہم نے خود ہی درست کام کرنے کا عزم کر رکھا ہے۔
اس ضمن میں میں اپنی پیاری شہید اہلیہ اور میری رہنما شہید محترمہ بینظیر بھٹو کے وہ طاقتور ترین الفاظ یاد کرتا ہوں  جب انہوں نے 16 سال قبل اس باوقار اور قابل تعظیم ادارہ میں کہا تھا۔ انہوں نے 1996ء میں کہا تھا”کہ میں خواب دیکھتی ہوں کہ تیسرے ہزایہ میں غریب اور امیر میں خلا ختم ہو جائے گا جس میں ناخواندگی، بھوک، غذا کی کمی اور بیماریوں پر بالآخر قابو پالیا جائے گا میں تیسرے ہزایہ کا خواب دیکھتی ہوں جس میں بچے کی خواہش کی جائے اسے پالا پوسا جائے اور جس میں لڑکی کی پیدائش پر بھی لڑکے کی پیدائش کی طرح خوشی منائی جائے میں ایسے ہزاریئے کا خواب دیکھتی ہوں جس میں برداشت اور انفرادیت برقرار رکھنے کا حق ہو اور جس میں عوام دوسرے عوام کا احترام ، اقوام دوسری اقوام اور مذہب دوسرے مذاہب کا احترام کریں اور وہ تیسرا ہزاریہ میں اپنے ملک اور آپ سب کیلئے دیکھتی ہوں”۔
ہم نے ان اغراض و مقاصد اور اہداف کے حصول میں کچھ ترقی کی ہے تاہم ابھی بہت کچھ کرنا باقی ہے۔ ان کی یاد اور اللہ تعالیٰ کے نام پر پاکستان اس راستہ پر چلنے کا دوبارہ عزم کرتا ہے۔ خواتین وحضرا ت آپ سب کا شکریہ۔ آپ سب پر آپ کے ممالک اور آپ کے ممالک کے عوام پر اللہ تعالیٰ کی رحمتیں ہوں۔
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President calls for NAM’s new role to meet 21st Century challenges

TEHRAN, Aug 31 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday called for forging a common vision to ensure a new role for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) by enabling it to address the challenges of 21st Century.

Addressing the 16th Summit of the 120-member NAM on the concluding day, the President said that Pakistan would be pleased to actively contribute to the strengthening of the movement, whose member states represent nearly two-thirds of the United Nations’ members and comprise 55 percent of the world population.

He said since inception, the NAM represented the aspirations of more than half the humanity living in the developing countries, served as a strong force and offered great promise to the future.

Following is the text of President Asif Ali Zardari’s address to the 16th NAM Summit, here on Friday.

XVI NAM Summit
Tehran, Iran
31st August 2012

Mr. Chairman!

Honourable Heads of State and Government!
Distinguished Delegates!
Ladies and Gentlemen!

I feel honoured to be here in Tehran among friends from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
I have great pleasure to be in the company of friends with whom we share bonds of friendship and partnership.
We are grateful to the Government and the people of Iran for the warm reception and generous hospitality.
We congratulate Iran on assuming the Chairmanship of NAM for the next three years.
Pakistan and Iran have a long tradition of shared history and common culture.
We are neighbours and our ties date back to thousands of years in the past.
We look forward to further strengthening these ties.
We greatly appreciate the valuable contributions of Egypt as Chair of the NAM for the past three years.
We also welcome the offer made by the Republic of Venezuela to host the next NAM Summit in 2015.
Mr. Chairman!
NAM represents the aspirations of more than half of humanity living in developing countries.
Since its inception NAM has been a strong moral force.
It offers a great promise for the future also.
We are passing through challenging times.
The world is witnessing a historic transformation.
It calls for reiterating our belief in the principles of the United Nations Charter and values of multilateralism.
NAM greatest strength has been its unity.
Our unity defeated imperialism and apartheid in the 20th Century.
We must demonstrate the same unity, conviction and solidarity to face the new challenges.

Mr. Chairman!

Pakistan believes in the promise of multilateralism.
States can achieve more together than they can individually.
Solutions to complex problems must be based on dialogue and consensus.
The more we cooperate the more the space for unilateral action is reduced.
Cooperation does not mean uniformity or conformity.
It signifies harmony, tolerance and respect for diversity.
We have tried it in our domestic politics and found it holding great promise.
We believe it also holds great promise in inter-state relations.

Mr. Chairman!

Pakistan is a peace loving country.
We seek a peaceful, stable and prosperous neighbourhood.
We seek it through enhanced economic cooperation and peaceful resolution of outstanding disputes.
We are engaged in a comprehensive dialogue with India.
We look forward to finding peaceful solutions to all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan and Afghanistan are brotherly countries.
The destinies of our two countries are interconnected.
We both have suffered from prolonged conflict in Afghanistan for the past three decades.
Pakistan is fully committed to promoting durable peace and stability in Afghanistan.
We have and will continue to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
We would stand by our Afghan brothers in dealing with the challenges of transition and transformation.
The repatriation of Afghan refugees is an unfinished task of Afghanistan’s peace and stability.
We hope that the international community, while planning withdrawal from Afghanistan, would also take into account repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland.

Mr. Chairman!

We are deeply concerned on the continued bloodshed in Syria.
Death and destruction in Syria must stop immediately.
Democratic aspirations of the Syrian people must be respected.
We strongly condemn unilateral declaration of independence in parts of Mali.
We support the people and Government of Mali in their struggle for territorial integrity.
Pakistan fully supports the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people.
The establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian state is critical to peace.

Mr. Chairman!

Terrorism is a global threat.
No country has suffered so much from it as Pakistan.
We have lost more than 40,000 innocent lives.
Our economic losses are almost 80 billion dollars.
Fighting terrorism is a complex issue.
Defeating extremism calls for an effective counter narrative.
The international community developed heroine as a war weapon to defeat a rival ideology.
Trading in heroine continues to be the financial backbone of terrorism.
While withdrawing from Afghanistan last time the international community also withdrew their weapons.
However, the war weapon of heroine continues to play havoc with peace process.
To blunt this war weapon Pakistan has convened a Regional Ministerial Conference.
To be held in Islamabad in November the conference will discuss strategies to end the use of heroine as war weapon Victory against militancy requires that we win the hearts and minds of the people.
We can do this by addressing the feelings of helplessness and deprivation.
We must give a message of hope to the youth.
We need to engage in an intellectual debate on countering extremism.

Mr. Chairman!

Pakistan has had a long history of close relations with our African brothers and sisters.
We are glad to see the increasing role played by the African leaders in meeting challenges.
We have supported their efforts for peace and development through UN peacekeeping and technical assistance programme.
We will continue to support our African brothers.
Global peace and security rests on disarmament and non-proliferation.
Rules and norms of disarmament must be based on non-discrimination.
NAM must not legitimize double standards in the disarmament regime.

Mr. Chairman!

We need to forge a common vision of new challenges and the role of NAM in the 21st Century.
I propose the establishment of an Ad Hoc Working Group for this purpose.
The NAM Chair, in consultation with other members of Troika, may chart out a strategy for this purpose.
Pakistan would be happy to actively contribute towards the strengthening of our Movement.
I thank you Mr. Chairman!