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Democracy only practicable form of govt: Bilawal Bhutto

15 September, 2017

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KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday said that democracy was the only viable and practicable form of government to foster resilient societies, and that strengthening effective, accountable and inclusive democratic institutions was the key to sustainable democracy.

In his message on International Democracy Day being observed under the aegis of the United Nations, the PPP chairman endorsed the UN theme “Democracy and conflict prevention” for the day, stressing that only continued and uninterrupted democratic process could ensure complete elimination of poverty, injustice, extremism and terrorism from the world. Bilawal said that democracy and more democracy was the cure for long-term peace and stability in the world, including Pakistan. “Democracy strengthens every segment of society, promotes equality and brotherhood, empowers women and weaker echelons, fosters tolerance and develops a human society with respectable and cohesive coexistence,” he added.

The PPP chairman said that international forces who nourished “dictatorial snakes” in poor countries did a great disservice to humanity and today all the monsters threatening world peace and stability were in fact created by one or other forms of dictatorship. He said that the PPP had suffered immensely during its four-decade struggle for democracy and it lost its leadership and thousands of workers in the fight against dictatorial rules in Pakistan. “This fighting continues even today against the remnants of dictatorial forces, which have applied every tool from mud-slinging, fabricated cases, public lashes, solitary imprisonments, gallows, bullets and bombs to media trials against the party (PPP) leadership and its workers. But we are fighting with the slogan ‘democracy is the best revenge’,” he added.

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