Pakistan, as an outcome of the heroic struggle of the Muslim freedom fighters of South Asia and an unmatched achievement of Quaid-I-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's inspiring leadership, has, with the grace of Allah, been set on the road to self-sufficiency and prosperity. This day reminds all of us in South Asia that Pakistan was founded on the principle of unanimity within the framework of accepted democratic norms. Today, 50 years ago, all the leaders and workers under the banner of the All-India Muslim League assembled in Lahore and resolved to attain a separate homeland through a people-backed and peaceful movement. It was during this historic session that a viable strategy towards achievement and the subsequent development of the state of Pakistan was worked out. It was a fruitful result of the selfless, unbiased and realistic leadership qualities displayed by the Quaid-I-Azam. And surely it was the cherished end to the Muslims' restless fight for the cause that converted Allama Iqbal's dream into reality within a time span of only seven years and Pakistan emerged as a sovereign state on the world map. For quite a long period, the non-elected rulers kept the masses away from government matters and thereby pushed Pakistan into backwardness and it lagged behind the world community. But we are proud that the founder-chairman of the Pakistan People's Party, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, re-invigorated the people's confidence by urging them to participate in the affairs of the government. Today, the people of Pakistan are the masters of the destiny of their homeland. Next year, Pakistan is going to complete 50 years of its existence with the nation preparing to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of its independence with full vigour and honour. Almighty Allah has enriched Pakistan with an immense wealth of resources: there is an abundance of diverse bounties and God Almighty has, of course, bestowed on us great potential and qualities. The self-sufficiency alone can be a source of national pride. Pakistan today, with the grace of God, is respected all over the world and has regained its lost glory. I congratulate the nation on this day of happiness and rejoicing; it is equally an occasion of self-accountability. We must look into our hearts and ensure whether we have fulfilled the pledges we made at the moment of its creation. This day reminds us to re-dedicate all of our energies to realise all the lofty goals and the true spirit of independence we keep so supreme in our hearts and minds.