Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla while addressing a seminar in connection with “International Democracy Day” has reiterated that legislature, executive and judiciary, all need to resonate the same ideals of democratic principles if we are to speed up our progress. The seminar was organized by Bhuttoo Foundation at Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhuttoo Institute of Science & Technology in Islamabad.
“I remain inspired by the profound statement made by my leader, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, who said, “Democracy is the greatest revenge”, Mandviwalla remarked. He called for benefiting from global best practices and ideals of democracy to further strengthen the foundation of democracy in the country.
He further said that vibrant media, free & fair elections, education and freedom of speech are some of the basic ingredients which make democracy and democratic culture to flourish.
He observed that undemocratic interventions of the past halted or slowed down the democratic process at various stages. However, this in turn prompted the followers of democratic principles to work even harder to achieve the ideals of representation in our system.
Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla has said that democracy is a “way of life” that encourages tailormade setups across different societies in order to make it work. Sadly, many powers today continue to influence the right of nations exploring their own rendition of democratic principles. However, time plays the biggest role in determining the evolutionary path of democracy. He called for joining hands together despite political and ideological differences and keeps the progress of Pakistan as top priority.
“For us, Pakistan is a prime example of how democracy continues to evolve seven decades on. It is the very basis on which Pakistan came into being in 1947, and today, Pakistan is considered as one of the largest democracies in the Muslim world”, Deputy Chairman observed.
He said that SZABIST has risen through the ranks in becoming one of the best universities Pakistan has to offer. It is thus only a matter of pride to see this university grow and produce brilliant young minds over all these years.
Deputy Chairman also addressed another seminar at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services. He said democracy in the panacea to our social and economic ills. He called for promoting culture of tolerance and dialogue to achieve development goals. He said peace, development and democracy are inter connected and all political forces need to join hands to work for a progressive and prosperous future.