Web Desk: International Day of Democracy is being observed today (Sunday) to promote awareness about democracy and its principles.

The International Day of Democracy 2019 coincides with this year’s 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, highlighting the values of freedom and respect for human rights as essential elements of democracy.

The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly through a resolution in 2007 to strengthen national programs devoted to the promotion and consolidation of democracy.

It was observed for the first time in 2008.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on this occasion said the International Day should make us look for ways to invigorate democracy and seek answers for the systemic challenges it faces.

Meanwhile, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, in his message on the occasion, said democracy is indispensable for the peace, stability and progress of Pakistan.

The Speaker said that democracy is gaining strength in Pakistan and all the political parties are on the same page on the matters of national importance.

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