H.E. Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
Prime-Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
The General Debate of the Sixty-eighth Session The United Nations General Assembly
New York, 27 September 2013
Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I congratulate you on your election as the President of the United Nations General Assembly. It is a fitting recognition of your distinguished career.
I also commend Mr. Vuk Jeremic, for his outstanding leadership of the General Assembly in the past one year.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has led the organization ably and wisely. We were glad to receive him in Pakistan in mid-August, as our honored guest on the anniversary of the Independence Day of Pakistan.
I stand here today before this Assembly, soon after my country has seen a new dawn.
I come before this house in all humility, as the elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, for the third time. I feel exonerated, as my supporters and I stood firm in our commitment to democracy in the long years of exile, exclusion and state oppression,
I am happy to inform the distinguished delegates that we now have a strong Parliament, an independent judiciary, a free media and a vibrant civil society.
But there is no room for complacency. We cannot lower our guard. Democracy needs constant vigilance and strong institutions. It needs careful nurturing. Most importantly, it is not promises, but good governance that sustains democracy.
My Government has put people at the centre. We will work to give them peace and security, an environment of growth and development. I am pursuing an inclusive approach for the entire nation.