ISLAMABAD : Congratulating the nation on its 73 years of independence, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that our journey towards a country envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah has begun. Taking to Twitter, he said: “Our journey towards Quaid’s Pakistan has begun: for Rule of Law with all citizens equal before the law; & towards an Islamic Welfare State, premised on compassion.” Prime Minister Khan congratulated the nation on successfully tackling COVID-19 by protecting the poor through cash support and smart lockdowns and by being able to reduce the overall cases. “I congratulate the nation at upturn in our economy after 2 yrs of struggle. Current Account and Fiscal deficits are down; construction industry and throu[gh] it job creation taking off bec[ause] of our special incentives; stock market up; exports and revenues up and cement and car sales up,” he said. “I congratulate nation because we are fixing the damaging structure we inherited in our Power sector. After long negotiations we have signed new agreement with IPPs which will bring down cost of power generation and reduce circular debt. Next reform target is power distribution system,” said the Prime Minister Prime Minister said that this day is an occasion to pay tribute to all those sons of the soil who laid their lives while defending and protecting territorial as well as ideological frontiers of the motherland. He said that this day is an occasion to pause and to reflect as to how far we have been able to achieve those ideals that led to the creation of an independent state. He said that from the hostility of a neighboring country (India), with its known hegemonic intentions, to the scourge of terrorism and from coping with natural calamities to fighting pandemic, our nation has always shown resilience and perseverance. The prime minister in a message to brave Kashmiri brethren said that the nation stands united with them in their just struggle for self-determination. “We will provide them with all the support at all levels as they valiantly fight India’s illegal occupation.” “We will continue to sensitize the international community of grave human rights violations in IIOJK and the threats to peace and security of the region posed by the supremacist RSS ideology pursued by the BJP government,” he said. In another tweet later, PM Khan referred to a couplet of Philosopher Poet Allama Iqbal and said this was also the message that he gave to the youth in Dharna (sit-in). “We reiterate our pledge to remain steadfast and embrace every challenge holding the torch of ‘Unity, Faith and Discipline’. In our efforts to achieve our goal, we are diligently working to give this country a system of governance which conforms to the ideals and objectives of independence,” he said. “We are endeavoring to build a system where rule of law prevails. We have chosen ‘Riyasat-i-Madina’ as our role model,” the PM remarked. Prime Minister Imran Khan prayed to Almighty Allah for the success of nation and Kashmiris.
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