WEB DESK: International Day of Democracy was observed across the world today to create awareness about the importance of the democratic system for the wellbeing of the people.
This year’s theme of the day is ‘Participation’.
This year’s International Day of Democracy is an opportunity to recall that democracy is about people, and it is built on inclusion, equal treatment and participation.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all governments to respect the right to active, substantive and meaningful participation.
In his message on International Day of Democracy, he said as we mark Democracy Day, I urge all governments to respect the right to active, substantive and meaningful participation; and I salute all of you who strive tirelessly to make this happen.
He said at heart, democracy is about people and it is built on inclusion, equal treatment and participation. He said democracy is a fundamental building block for peace, sustainable development and human rights.
Meanwhile, talking to the Radio Pakistan exclusively on the eve of International Democracy Day, Pakistan Tehreek Insaf leader Dr Ramesh Kumar said there is a need to bring democracy within the structure of political parties. He said for the smooth functioning of democracy in the country, the opposition should let the government complete its tenure.
Leader Pakistan Peoples Party, Qamar Zaman Kaira said democracy is yielding positive results in Pakistan like all other democratic countries of the world and now there is a need to bring quality in democracy.
Leader Pakistan Muslim League (Q), Farrukh Naseem said we should follow the teachings of Quaid-e- Azam by adopting the principle of Unity, Faith and Discipline to strengthen the continuity of democracy. She said democracy is flourishing in our country and Pakistan is growing in the right direction.
PML (N) leader, Maize Hameed said still there is a need to bring more reforms in the democratic system of the country.
PTI leader, Nadeem Qureshi said the mega turnout in previous three elections proves that the Pakistani nation wants that democratic process should move forward.