Sunday, September 15, 2013
On the eve of Democracy Day on Sunday, former president Asif Ali Zardari paid glowing tributes to all those who laid down their lives and endured imprisonment and exile for the protection and preservation of democracy in the country and also warned the people of the new forms of threats to democracy. Zardari said the greatest threat to democracy emanated from the militant mindset who sought to impose their agenda through force. “We must be on the guard against the extremist mindset and must not allow appeasing the militants and extremists,” he said. He warned the people against yet another dimension of the threat to democracy. In the past dictators and demagogues forcibly uprooted democratic structures but now threat to the will of the people emanated from imperceptible but systematic encroachment upon the parliament, the repository of the will of the people, he said. Democracy-loving people throughout the country must be on the guard to protect the constitutional domain of each state organ and not permit the encroachments on any institution by another, he said. Congratulating the democratic forces in the world in general, and in Pakistan in particular, on the International Day of Democracy, the former president said: “It is a day for all democratic forces to re-affirm commitment to democracy and to guard against direct and indirect threats to democratic order and stability” Zardari also paid glowing tributes to Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto as icons of democracy, and countless political leaders and workers belonging to different political parties who rendered huge sacrifices for the cause of democracy. If dictatorship had not been able to take roots in Pakistan it was because of the huge sacrifices of all democracy loving people, he said. Asif Ali Zardari expressed the hope that the observance of the International Democracy Day would strengthen the pro-democracy forces throughout the world and in Pakistan. He also hoped that the people of Pakistan would be awakened to the new forms of threats to democracy that seeks to undermine the parliament. - See more at: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/09/15/news/national/zardari-warns-of-forces-working-against-democracy/#sthash.tqLNaPAC.dpuf
The price of the basic essential item like flour has ballooned to the highest ever in the history much to the disappoint of the Lahorites who had pinned great hopes with the new government for some relief and respite from the grinding hyper-inflation, Geo News reported Sunday. The citizens said that bread being the most essential item for keeping oneself alive the rulers rolling in luxuries should at least have controlled its price to make their life somewhat bearable, but belying all hopes the price of chakki flour has shot up to Rs46 per kilo from Rs37. Retailers attributed the sudden surge in prices to phenomenal increase in power tariffs and petroleum products’ prices, while the consumers appear highly frustrated with these new developments quite contrary to the promises made by the ruling party for whom they had wholeheartedly rallied round hoping for a better future. The bread, which was selling at Rs6 per piece now available at Rs8 much beyond the reach of most of the poor wage earners who with their families are forced to sleep hungry or half fed these days. Experts said that a country like Pakistan, which is basically an agricultural country such a deficiency in food item was nothing but a total failure of the policy makers.