President Zardari becomes first elected president to address Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa assembly

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 1:17:44 by

For the first time in the history of Pakistan, an elected president – Asif Ali Zardari – addressed the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa assembly – saying that the PPP-led government has strengthened the Parliament and forged unity amongst provinces by giving them their due rights.


Zardari became the first ever elected president to have addressed a provincial assembly session on the invitation of the provincial chief minister and speaker of the assembly. The speaker had invited the president to address the assembly during the SAARC conference in Islamabad.


Addressing the session, the president said that it was a huge example of maturity and patience of parliamentarians and politicians that the assembly had completed its five years. The president added that provinces had been given their due rights under this government.


He emphasized on the need of defeating the extremist mindset in order to save Pakistan, while condemning the attack on former Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad which took place earlier during the day in Mohmand.


He appreciated the sacrifices rendered by the people of KP which allowed democracy to move forward. The president also spoke of how this ideology had destroyed the traditions of the KP and the people of the province needed to fight this.


Expressing happiness over visiting Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and thanked the provincial chief minister for inviting him, he said that completion of the tenure of the Parliament as an historic event for the country, adding the government would continue to world the strengthening the democracy.


He noted, “Protection of democracy is in the interest of the country. The Pakistan Peoples’ Party has taken revenge from the killers of the Benazir Bhutto by strengthening democracy.


President Zardari eulogized the sacrifices made by the people of Khyber Pukhtunkhaw in the fight against terrorism and said that common people, political workers and the Army have made tremendous sacrifices against terrorism. “Khyber Pukhtunkhaw has everything except peace,” the president regretted.

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