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International Day of Democracy to be observed on 15

International Day of Democracy would be observed throughout the world on Tuesday including Pakistan. While National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza has said that democracy is inevitable for peace, stability and development of the country

On November 8th 2007 UN declared 15th of September International Day of Democracy and invited all Member States, organizations, non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate the International Day of Democracy in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.

UN also invited member states to make sure, that parliamentarians and civil society organizations are given appropriate opportunity to be involved in, and contribute to, the celebration of the International Day of Democracy.

UN states that “democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, and their full participation in all aspects of life.” And that “While democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy and that democracy does not belong to any country or region.”

Meanwhile Speaker NA Dr Fehmida Mirza in her statement on the Int’l Day on Democracy has said that democracy is inevitable for peace, stability and development of the country

She said that political leadership should forge unity and join hands in order to take Pakistan out of the present quagmire.

The Speaker said that democracy was a universal value, based on the freely expressed will of the people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural system and their full participation in all aspects of life. In order to achieve this objective, it is incumbent upon the political leadership to shun their political differences and join hands to strengthen the democratic process in the country.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza stressing the continued need for promotion of democratization and development of the political system in the country said that democracy, peace, development and respect for human rights are inter-dependent phenomena and therefore, it is imperative for democracy to flourish. She said that the people’s participation in the affairs of the country would ensure fundamental independence, equality, achievements of the needs of the people and restoration of law and order.

She said that involvement of the people in public affairs of the country ensures basic freedom and equality, fulfillment of the needs of people and preserve or restore peace. The Speaker said that the ultimate goal of democracy is to preserve and promote the dignity and fundamental rights of the individuals, to achieve social justice, foster the economic and social development of the community; strengthen the cohesion of society and building a propitious environment for international peace. She said that continuous electoral process ensures a democratic dispensation in the country.

Paying rich tributes to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the Speaker said, she embraced martyrdom in her struggle for restoration of democracy and rights of the people. She said her mission would be carried forward by the present democratic dispensation in the country.

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