ISLAMABAD - Former President Asif Ali Zardari has called upon the people to adhere to the principles of the Quaid-e-Azam for democracy and to banish for ever the militant and extremist mindset.

“The Father of the Nation Mohammed Ali Jinnah had envisioned a democratic and progressive Pakistan where every citizen will have equal opportunities to advance without any prejudice of religion, cast and creed,” said Zardari in his message on the eve of 138th birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah falling today.

“The need to follow this philosophy was never as great as it is now. Adherence to the principles of democracy demands that we defeat the militant mindset that is seeking to impose their interpretation of religion on the people by force and a political agenda on them through bullets instead of ballot,” he said.

He urged the people to forge unity in their ranks, reject the militants’ narrative of religion, defeat these enemies of the country and protect and preserve the values for which Pakistan was created.

The PPP reiterates its resolve to fight extremism to the finish and assures Pakistani nation that every worker of the party will continue to fight for making Pakistan a truly democratic, just and pluralistic society free of the scourge of extremism and militancy.

Asif Ali Zardari also paid homage to the victims of Peshawar carnage and to all those who laid down their lives and rendered huge sacrifices for the achievement of Pakistan as well in fighting the militancy.