PR No. 141 MESSAGE OF MUHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF, PRIME MINISTER ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN ON THE OCCASION OF EID-UL-FITR Islamabad: 25 June 2017

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MESSAGE OF MUHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF, PRIME MINISTER ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN ON THE OCCASION OF EID-UL-FITR

 

Islamabad: 25 June 2017

 

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has stressed upon promotion of unity to adequately foil nefarious designs of those elements who were trying to sow seeds of discord in society and destabilize Pakistan. He said the nation had to unite to fight political and religious extremism, terrorism and forces of strife.

In his message on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr, the prime minister felicitated the nation and the Muslim Ummah on the august occasion.  The prime minister noted that Pakistan was a bunch of different religious communities and they celebrate their religious events with equal respect. The Muslims joined their minorities’ brothers and sisters, a gesture of tolerance and harmony which was also reciprocated by the latter.  He expressed the confidence that the same spirit of unity and harmony would be showed in each village and mohalla.

The prime minister reiterated that present government was committed to make the motherland a cradle of progress, peace and prosperity where everyone had equal opportunities to excel. There should be respect for knowledge and justice to everyone, he added.  He said all this would be possible when there was stability in the country, without political firmness, the realization of social steadiness was not possible. Expressing his profound grief over the tragic incidents of Parachinar, Quetta and Karachi, in which ordinary citizens and government employees were barbarically targeted, he said, the entire nation was shrouded with a pall of gloom.

The whole nation shared their grief and expressed solidarity with them, he said, adding the Pakistani nation had the capabilities to overcome such tragedies and stood behind the security institutions for their efforts to eliminate terrorism, acknowledging their sacrifices. The prime minister resolved that these sacrifices would not go waste. He urged the Ulema to communicate in their Eid sermons, the barbarism being used in the name of religion by the criminal minds.

He stressed the need to inculcate the real message of Islam based upon affection and positive thinking.

The prime minister said, on this august occasion, they should also remember Kashmiri brothers and sisters of Indian Occupied Kashmir, whose hearts beat together with the Pakistani nation. They had been forced to celebrate Eid under curfew and imposition of such restrictions during the holy month of Ramzan had also deprived them of their fundamental religious rights. He prayed for the Kashmiri people and called upon the United Nations to take notice of the grave human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir, where the Kashmiris had been deprived of their basic fundamental rights.

 

The prime minister said Eid ul Fitr is an Islamic ritual which gives a message of affection, tolerance and harmony for the whole humanity. It gives us an opportunity to earn sympathy and blessings and bring collective joys for the Muslims. It is a day upon which our motherland Pakistan was created, thus multiplying the joys of august event, he noted.

The prime minister said the needy, hapless and poor should be squarely helped, so that they could share the joys of this occasion.

 

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