KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday said unity is one of the guiding principles in Russia as well as in Pakistan as it was declared by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah motto ‘Unity, Faith, Discipline’.
The chief minister was addressing a gathering held at Russian Consulate to celebrate Unity Day of the Russian Federation, where he congratulated the people and dynamic leadership of Russia.
The Russian Federation marks National Unity Day every year on November 4, which commemorates a popular uprising that freed Moscow from Polish-Lithuanian occupation forces in 1612.
CM Sindh said that the day alludes to the idea that all classes of Russian society are united in their objective to preserve Russian statehood when there was neither a tsar nor a patriarch to guide them.
Turning the pages of history, the chief minister recalled this day was celebrated in the Russian Empire until 1917, when it was replaced with a commemoration of the Russian Revolution. Unity Day was reinstated by Russia in 2005.
He said the Unity Day calls for tolerance between the various ethnic and religious groups in the Russian Federation. “I am told there are more than 185 different nationalities living peacefully in the Russian Federation. This is indeed a unique achievement for any country,” he said.
CM Sindh said that history shows that the Russian nation stayed united in times of trouble, whether it was the 1612 Liberation War or 1812 of Napoleonic invasion or the dark and terrible days of World War Two in which Russia was invaded by fascist forces and sacrificed 20 million of her sons and daughters for the sake of freedom.
The chief minister said that the love for the motherland is what unites Russians nowadays as before. “Love for the country, for home and family-these are things that remain important and altogether comprise the notion of what is popularly known as the Motherland,” he said.
“I am sure that Russia under the able statesmanship and guidance of President Vladmir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will attain further goals of peace and prosperity.”
CM Sindh said that unity is one of the guiding principles of nationhood in Russia as well as in Pakistan as it was declared by the motto of ‘Unity, Faith, Discipline’by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah:
He said that there is much in common between the two countries that can become the basis of long-term mutual cooperation. “I on behalf of Sindh and its government would like to assure the Russian government and people that it will find in Sindh, an able and reliable partner in any joint venture,” he concluded.