Islamabad (Web Desk): President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in their separate messages on Independence Day, have extended heartfelt congratulations to the entire nation and called for national unity.
In his message, President Arif Alvi urged the nation to pledge on this day to uphold the principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance, forgiveness, socio-economic justice, and moral and ethical values, as enunciated by Islam.
"The stories of those people, who faced hardships, to reach Pakistan, serve as a source of inspiration for our future generations," he said.
In his message, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the day holds a special significance in our hearts, for this historic day saw an unprecedented freedom struggle culminating in the establishment of the State of Pakistan.
He paid homage to the Quaid-e-Azam's visionary leadership and other leaders without whom the dream of Pakistan could not see the light of day.
"As we celebrate the 76th Independence Anniversary today, we need to summon the spirit that marked the independence movement and employ the lesson of unity and self-belief to chart the way forward," the premier said.
PM Shehbaz vowed to stand in complete solidarity with the oppressed people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and provide political, moral, and diplomatic support to them.