LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that dream of Muslims of the subcontinent to achieve an independent homeland came true under the vibrant leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his dynamic personality undoubtedly acted as an epitome of light in this long struggle for independence.

“The founder of Pakistan was a person of deep insight, absolutist and bold character as none of the fear or avarice could restrain him from this great purpose. It was due to his leadership that historic struggle for the independence of the subcontinent proved fruitful and today we are cherishing the blessings of independence,” Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said in his message on the birth anniversary of the Quaid-e-Azam. He said that Pakistan could be saved from the crisis by acting upon the sayings of Jinnah.

 He urged the nation to adopt the golden principle of unity, faith and discipline. If followed in letter and spirit, he said, this principle can guarantee today's Pakistan development and bliss. He said that establishment of a peaceful society on the basis of tolerance, serenity and forbearance was the dream of Jinnah as there was no room for terrorism, extremism and sectarianism in his Pakistan.

The chief minister said, “We have to work together to save country from violence, fanaticism and other problems. Every citizen living in Pakistan has access to equal rights and opportunities to move forward and by adopting Jinnah’s principles we can make Pakistan a welfare state in its true sense.” He said, “We have to work hard in the light of Jinnah’s advice and will have to utilise all our energies to make Pakistan the greatest country. Today we have to renew our pledge to go for the sayings of Quaid-e-Azam and make use of all our drives for the remarkable future of Pakistan.”