ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday asked the nation to forge unity and harmony on the solemn occasion of Yom-i-Ashur.

He also urged the people to be cautious of those who want to destroy sectarian harmony in the country. Zardar, in a message on the occasion of 10th Muharram, Hazrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be pleased with Him) sacrificed his life and the lives of his dearest family members and associates for the cause of truth and justice and against tyranny, falsehood and authoritarianism and in doing so he bequeathed a lesson to us to resist oppression and tyranny in whatever form it may rear its head. The former president said it is hard to find a parallel example of Imam Hussain’s supreme sacrifice in the annals of history. He said that tyranny and oppression manifests itself in different forms at different times and tyranny of our time is unleashed by militants and extremists for forcing their own ideological agenda on innocent and unarmed people.

On this ‘Yum Ashur’ while paying homage to Hazrat Imam Hussain and the martyrs of Karbala we should also vow to resist the tyranny and oppression of zealots and extremists, the former President added. He also asked the people to rise above sectarianism and forge unity among their ranks.–Staff Reporter

The need for learning a lesson from the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be pleased with him) is greater today than ever before, former President concluded.