ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that the future and prosperity of Pakistan is linked to strong and stable democracy.

In a statement to mark the October 12 debacle when a military dictator had toppled a democratically elected government in 1999, Prime Minister Sharif said that now things have completely changed, as there is an elected Parliament, independent judiciary and dynamic media to protect the constitution and rights of Pakistan’s citizens.

The prime minister added that the country would now only be governed as per the constitution and its democratic identity and freedom and security of the nation would be secured at all costs.

The Prime Minister made it loud and clear that in future only the will of the people would prevail and no step against it would be taken.

Meanwhile, PML-N Information Secretary Senator Mushahid Ullah described the October 12, 1999 coup as an unfortunate day in the democratic history of the country.  He was talking to the workers delegations from Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) here.

Mushahid reminded that the steps taken by Pervez Musharraf were undemocratic and caused economic‚ trade and fiscal deficit besides damaging the basic infrastructure.

It’s a revenge of nature as today Musharraf is in jail and Nawaz Sharif is again Prime Minister of Pakistan, he added.

“There was time when Musharraf had started considering him God and made tall claims like ‘Pharaoh’ but nature have proved that man is nothing and everything lies in hands of nature”, Mushahid Ullah said.

“People remember Musharraf only as a prisoner and nothing else”, he added.

The October 12 was observed on Saturday to accentuate the significance of strong democracy for country’s development and to condemn the toppling of elected government in 1999 by a military dictator.  It was the day when Pervez Musharraf had abrogated the constitution and arrested Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who had come to power with two-third majority.

During his nine long years of dictatorial rule‚ Musharraf pursued policies to undermine democracy, civilian institutions and abuse of human rights.

According to a popular perception‚ he also gave tacit understanding to the United States for drone strikes that violates national sovereignty.

It was also during that period that a Baloch National leader Nawab Akbar Bugti was assassinated creating resentment among Baloch people.