ISLAMABAD: Former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who is also the President of Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party has called upon people to follow the principles espoused by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), for the security of Pakistan and glory of Islam.

In a message on the occasion of 'Youm-e-Ashura, Justice (r) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said, We can become an ideal society if we adopt the principles of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) in our individual and collective lives. Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) sacrificed his life for his cherished principles, he added. This day has a special significance in Islamic history. This is the day when Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), the Holy Prophets grandson, took on the forces of falsehood for the glory of Islam.

“Yaum-e-Ashur reminds us of the unmatchable sacrifices rendered by Imam Hussain when he along with his 72 companions was martyred. The incident of Karbala also teaches us to render all out sacrifices for achieving a noble cause,” he stated.

“The very act of sacrifice has been titled as Uswah-e-Shabbiri (model of Shabbir) that teaches us steadfastness for supremacy of the truth,” he remarked.

He also said that by following Imam Hussain’s teachings, we must set aside all biases and interests to promote Islamic and democratic values. We must also vow to act for country’s progress and prosperity and not avoid any step for elimination of terrorism and extremist mindset. He also prayed to Allah Almighty for Pakistan’s peace, progress and prosperity and inculcation of Yaum-e-Ashur’s real message of sacrifice in our lives.