ISLAMABAD – The President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain congratulates the Parliament and government for representing the will of people whereas it could pass just one law in whole year.
Mamnoon Hussain addressed the joint session of National Assembly and Senate on Monday and in his speech admired the government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for leading the nation in right direction.
The Speaker of National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq called on President to address the joint session of the Parliament. As soon as the president walked to the dice, independent member of national assembly Jamshed Dasti stood on his seat and asked permission to speak. Speaker rejected his request and Mamnoon Hussain started his speech.
President Mamnoon Hussain expressed immense pleasure and honor for addressing the joint session for the first time and termed it as ‘one of the luckiest days’ of his life.
He said “The role of parliament in past one year remained positive. Parliament played an important role in the continuity and strengthening of democracy.”
He also said that its the beauty of democracy that all decisions must be taken in national interests. He also admired the opposition as according to him its cooperation remained a vital organ for the continuity of democracy.
Mamnoon Hussain also advised the parliamentarians that nation has a lot of expectations from them. “People have given you votes and trusted in you. So now actively play your role to meet their demands. Be loyal to the ideology of Pakistan all the times,” he added.
President also talked about the international relations and said that Pakistan always believed in friendly ties with all neighboring countries on the basis of mutual respect.
Admiring the decision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend the oath taking ceremony of Narendra Modi, Mamnoon Hussain said “Globally it was taken as a gesture of friendship”.
However, he also said that Kashmir dispute should be resolved in accordance with UN resolutions and the desires of Kashmiris.
Mamnoon Hussain also shed light on the importance of Pakistan’s relations with Iran and said “Pak-Iran gas pipeline would be completed one day”.
Moreover, he mentioned the importance of Pak-China friendship and also thanked the European Union (EU) for granting access to its markets. He said that US-Pak relations have always based on mutual respect. “Our role in countering terrorism can never be forgotten,” he added.
Admiring the financial and development policies of PML-N government, Mamnoon Hussain gave reference that how countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, South Korea and Secretary General of UN have admired the projects of PML-N government. “World Bank and other financial institutes have trusted our financial plans,” he added.
President Mamnoon Hussain, who is also the Supreme Leader of Pakistan Armed Forces, admired the role of security forces. “Armed forces are rightly defending the borders of Pakistan. Armed forces not only defend the borders but also maintain the internal security. For their sacrifices and bravery, whole nation is proud on them,” he added.
Moreover, commenting on the role of media, he said “Media is free and its freedom is example for many countries. Government can not even think of curbing media but also feels that media should do self censoring and make a code of conduct to be followed all the times.”
The speech was witnessed all services chiefs, CMs, ambassadors and missions of different countries. However, the opposition parties in the Senate including PPP and ANP boycotted the joint session.