ISLAMABAD - President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have said that there is a greater need for unity within the ranks of nation to thwart the evil designs of the country's enemies.

In their separate messages on the Ashura day, the President and the Prime Minister said on this day; "We must recognise the elements which are harming the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and want to shatter the unity of nation in pursuance of their selfish interests."

President Mamnoon Hussain has urged the nation to end its internal rifts, groupings and sectarianism and form a united platform to help Pakistan, Islamic Ummah and the world at large to address its lingering problems.

He said the way forward to pay tributes to Hazrat Imam Hussain(RA) and his family was to "end internal rifts, groupings and sectarianism so that the Islamic Ummah stands united on a single platform."

The President said it was the only way to resolve the problems of Pakistan, the Islamic Ummah and the world at large.

He said: "The day of Ashura reminds us of the supreme sacrifices of the martyrs of Karbala and gives us a lesson to even lay down one's life to achieve higher objectives."

The President said by following in the footsteps of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) we can eliminate the menace of terrorism, extremism and intolerance, and also strengthen democratic norms in light of real Islamic teachings, besides ensuring global peace and fraternity.

The Prime Minister in his message said: "We must shun our lingual, sectarian and provincial differences and need to develop the qualities of brotherhood, unity, discipline and sacrifice within ourselves."

He said by following these teachings of Imam Hussain (RA), the problems facing the country could be overcome. "This is need of the hour and also, our survival lies in following this practice," he said.

The Prime Minister said that every year, the Karbala incident is commemorated on the Ashura day as the day has immense significance in national and religious lives.

He said: "The Karbala incident gives us the courage to resist the forces of oppression and act forthrightly in favour of truth."

The Prime Minister said Hazrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be pleased with him) rejected all kinds of tyranny and coercion and inspite of surrendering before the oppressive ruler, he upheld the principles of truth.

Imam Hussain (RA) regarded it as vital to protecting the basic right of freedom and respecting the consensus of Ummah, which is truly in accordance with the principles of Islam, he added.

He said this is the spirit which is evident from the martyrdom of the grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

"The example of such great sacrifice is unprecedented in history. The message of Hazrat Imam Hussain (May Allah be pleased with him) is a beacon for all generations," he said.

The Prime Minister said the dear homeland Pakistan was created for the materialization of same great objectives.

He prayed to Allah Almighty to guide and protect all.