Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani has asked the people of Pakistan to come forward and join hands against the threatening remarks of US President Donald Trump. Addressing a seminar on democracy at the Karachi Press Club yesterday, Rabbani said, “We will not accept US policy to make the Indian Prime Minister a Chaudhary of this region.” He said: “Pakistan has rendered great sacrifices in the war against terrorism and the international players must understand and realise it.” Talking about democracy, the senate chairman said: “Democracy is the real solution to all problems, and undemocratic governments have always ruined the country.” He asked as to who had given permission to the US to use “our airports and airspace in the war against terrorism”, himself replying that it was not a democratic Government, but a military dictator. “A weak democracy is hundred times better than a dictatorship,” he insisted.
Rabbani said some extremist elements were against the country’s unity and had been pursuing someone else’s agenda to derail democratic governments. “Pakistan is a multi-cultural country and we all have to accommodate and tolerate each other,” he remarked. “Our country needs the form of governance envisioned by the Quaid-e-Azam for all citizens to have equal rights,” he said, adding, “Basically, the struggle for Pakistan was the struggle for democracy, but unfortunately some elements stood up against it.” Earlier, Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo said it was their third generation who had been fighting for democratic values in the country. “Despite all our efforts, we, sadly, have not strengthened parliament and democratic dispensation,” he lamented. He stressed the need for initiating a dialogue to strengthen Parliament.(UNI)