Pakistanis are celebrating the 145th birthday of founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, today (Saturday) across the country with traditional zeal and fervor. A change of guard ceremony was held at his mausoleum in Karachi on Saturday morning to mark the day.
A smartly turned-out contingent of Pakistan Military Academy took over the guard duty. PMA commandant Major General Umar Ahmad Bukhari was the chief guest. He offered Fateha and laid a floral wreath at the grave of the Quaid.
Special programs are planned across the country to shed light on Quaid’s struggle for the creation of Pakistan and to highlight his guiding principles of unity, faith, and discipline.
The celebrations aimed at educating the youth about the Quaid’s vision and Pakistan’s ideology. Early in the morning, several people from all walks of life visited the tomb to pay tribute to Quaid-e-Azam for the services he rendered for the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent.
In his message, Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasized upon the youth to adopt the Quaid’s attributes of honesty, hard work, perseverance, and dedication.
“We as a nation need to adopt these attributes to realize Quaid’s vision of a developed, progressive and tolerant Pakistan,” the PM said. “Muhammad Ali Jinnah realized the importance of a separate homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent where all citizens could enjoy the freedom of faith, occupation, and equal opportunities.”
Furthermore, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations, Major General Babar Iftikhar, said the Quaid’s vision of a peaceful and progressive Pakistan and his principles of unity, faith, and discipline are imperative for our success as a nation.
Armed Forces pay tribute to Father of the Nation; Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on his 145th Birth Anniversary. Quaid’s vision of a peaceful & progressive Pakistan following principles of Unity, Faith & Discipline is imperative for our success as a nation. pic.twitter.com/L8B351YjVo
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A lawyer and politician, Jinnah served as leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan’s independence on 14 August 1947, then as Pakistan’s first Governor-General until his death on September 11, 1948.