Islamabad: The nation celebrated 145th birthday of Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on Friday, with renewed pledge to work hard for progress and prosperity of the country.
It was a public holiday and national flag was hoisted a top all public and private buildings. The day dawned with Quran Khawani at the Quaid’s mausoleum in Karachi.
A graceful change of guards ceremony was held at Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi while a smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Military Academy Kakul assumed the guards’ duty.
A number of events, including seminars, debates and exhibitions, were arranged both at official and civil society levels to highlight life, achievements and different aspects of the personality of the Quaid.
Radio Pakistan, PTV and private TV channels also broadcast and telecast special programmes by highlighting the life, political, legal services and sacrifices of the great leader. Newspapers published special supplements on the day to apprise the public of the political and constitutional struggles of the Quaid.
In Lahore, Peshawar, Islamabad, Quetta, Karachi, Muzaffarabad (AJK), Multan, Bahawalpur, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Hyderabad and other cities, different organisations arranged seminars to highlight the Quaid’s political struggle, sacrifices and successes.
The speakers reminded the nation of the Quaid’s message of unity, faith and discipline. The speakers underscored the need for strictly pursuing the guiding principles of the Father of the Nation and set aside all differences to transform Pakistan into a vibrant, progressive and Islamic welfare state.
Seventy eight (78) cadets, including six lady cadets from Pakistan Military Academy on Friday assumed guard responsibilities of Mazar-e-Quaid in an impressive ceremony, held here to mark 145th birth anniversary of the Father of Nation, Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Commandant, Maj Gen. Omer Ahmed Bukhari was the chief guest on the occasion. The ceremony was also attended by senior military and civil officials along with prominent citizens of Karachi.
A ceremony was held at Ziarat Residency on the occasion of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s birthday with the aim to pay tribute to great services of founder of Pakistan.
Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Jam Kamal Khan, Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali, IGFC South Major General Fayyaz Hussain Shah, Provincial Ministers including Engineer Zamrak Khan Achakzai, Mir Ziaullah Lango, Senator Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar and other tribal elders attended the ceremony.
The Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah who reached at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah Friday morning a little before Governor Imran Ismail, received the constitutional head of the province.
They offered ‘Fateha’ and laying wreaths together at the Mazar-e-Quaid.
The gesture was very well received by people in general, who though not allowed to be around, witnessed it in a social media video released by media coordinator, Chief Minister (CM) Sindh.
The two dignitaries also penned their comments in the guests’ book with specific reference to 145th birth anniversary of the father of the nation.
A delegation of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in Karachi visited the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah and paid rich tributes to the father of the nation on his birthday anniversary.
The delegation including Opposition leader in Sindh Assembly, Firdous Shamim Naqvi and President PTI Karachi KhurrumSher Zaman laid a wreath at the mausoleum and offered Fateha for the departed soul.
They also prayed for the prosperity and development of the country.