International Democracy Day is being observed today (Wednesday) to raise public awareness about the democratic system.
The United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, in his message on the occasion, has said as the world struggles to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating consequences, we must learn from the lessons of the past 18 months to strengthen democratic resilience in the face of future crises.
He said this means identifying and developing good governance practices in situations of emergency, whether public health, environmental or financial.
In his message on International Democracy Day, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said continuation of democratic system is inevitable for the country's progress.
He noted that democracy guarantees freedom of expression and other fundamental human rights.
The speaker urged all the political parties to shun their differences and work collectively for promotion of democratic norms in the country.
Turning to the situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K), the speaker said India claims to be the biggest democracy in the world but it has usurped the democratic rights of Kashmiri people.
Asad Qaiser said Pakistan stands by their Kashmiri people in their just and legitimate struggle for right to self-determination.
In his message, Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri said that Pakistan is getting strong as a result of continuation of democratic setup. He said continuation of this system will strengthen our institutions and take forward the country.