ISLAMABAD - Speaker, National Assembly Dr. Fehmida Mirza on Thursday said while celebrating Pakistan Day, it is incumbent upon every Pakistani to resolve spirit of national unity and follow Quaid’s guiding principles.

In her message, she greeted nation on the occasion of Pakistan Day and said March 23 has a special significance in history of sub-continent.

She said 72 years ago, on this day the Muslim of South Asia, under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Lahore, resolved to work for independent Muslim state.

She said the Lahore Resolution induced a new vigour and impetus to movement of independence and gave Muslim new sense of purpose and direction.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza said for centuries, non-Muslim lived peacefully, enjoyed complete religious freedom under the Muslim rule in sub-continent, however, the government which came in power under government of India Act, 1935 give a rude shock to the Muslims, forcing them that their rights would not be protected within united India.  “They were thus left no choice except to demand independence not only from Yoke of Colonialism but also from the Hindu domination,” she said.

The Speaker said Quaid-e-Azam embodied Islamic principles of tolerance and humanism, which encouraged him to rally around, not only Muslim public opinion but also to support from other minorities to demand and create a separate Muslim homeland. “It is a tribute to his leadership and honesty of purpose that within short period of seven years, he secured Pakistan against heavy odds through peaceful means,” she added.

“Let us make a firm resolve to make all our efforts to achieve the objectives of creation of Pakistan and also to make Pakistan a strong and prosperous, democratic country where the will of people, equality, justice and brotherhood reign supreme,” she said.

The Speaker said democracy was best solution of all ours problems, therefore, on this auspicious occasion let us resolve to work hard to strengthening democracy in Pakistan.