ISLAMABAD  - President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday have urged the nation to keep working hard for attaining objectives of Pakistan Resolution.

In a message on the occasion of Pakistan Day, Zardari said, “On this day, let us resolve that we will not permit any dictator to usurp the basic fundamental rights of our people, nor allow them to trample on our democratic aspirations. This requires that we work in the spirit of tolerance, mutual accommodation and respect for dissent.”

He said that the founding fathers of Pakistan had resolved to carve out an independent state where there would be democracy and where constitutionalism and rule of law would reign supreme. But unfortunately, successive dictators tried to stifle the democratic aspirations of the people, he added.

He also said that the unanimous Constitution of 1973 was disfigured by successive dictators to suit their own political ambitions, but the democratic aspirations could never be killed.

On the eve of Pakistan Day this year, it is re-assuring to realize that the Parliament has successfully removed the vestiges of dictatorship and restored the democratic Constitution of Pakistan, he added.

He said, “Let us resolve that we will uphold the Constitution and never allow it to be abrogated, subverted or held in abeyance.”

It is also important to uphold the independence of judiciary in accordance with the Constitution, he said adding, “Unless there is rule of law and everyone is equal before law and unless we all work within the constitutionally defined parameters, stability will elude us.”

The President also hoped the Parliament, people and all institutions of the state would work in harmony towards this end. In the end of his message, Zardari prayed to God for the betterment of country.

In his message, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said that it was not only an occasion of celebration but also an opportunity to reiterate pledge to keep working hard for the attainment of objectives contained in the Pakistan Resolution.

He said, “On this auspicious occasion, we pledge to uphold the supremacy of democracy and rule of law at every cost. We need to strengthen the principles of mutual tolerance, brotherhood and reconciliation to foster unity in our ranks. We have to strengthen our national security and independence in accordance with our national aspirations.”

“Though Allama Iqbal gave an idea for a separate homeland in his famous Allahabad address in 1930, there is still a need of a visionary leader to translate this concept into reality,” he added.

“Today, Pakistan as a flourishing democracy enjoys an honourable place in the comity of nations,” he said.

Praising his regime, he said that the government was committed to preserve the great cultural heritage and distinct identity of politics and civilisation in the light of the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.

“We are struggling to bring economic and social revolution in keeping with the spirit of the Pakistan Resolution. The government revived the Constitution of 1973 in its original form by deleting the dictatorial insertions from it.”

He said “The day demands of us to revive the spirit of Pakistan Movement in its entirety.” He also prayed to God for protecting Pakistan and put it on the rails of progress and prosperity.