Nation celebrates Pakistan Day with utmost zeal

FC soldiers put a national flag on their vehicle on the eve of Pakistan Day

Nation celebrated Pakistan Day on Tuesday with zeal, zest and with a renewed pledge to make the country a strong, progressive and prosperous Islamic welfare state.

The day was dawn with the booming of a 19-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salute in provincial capitals. Special prayers were held for the country’s progress, strength and solidarity.

The contingent of Pak Air Force taken charge from Sutlaj rangers and assumed responsibility of guards at mausoleum of Iqbal.

Air Vice Chief Marshal of Pak Air Force Suhail Iman laid floral wreath at Iqbal mausoleum on the behalf of Chief of Air Staff and offered Fateh-e-Khwani.

The contingent of Pak Air Force presented guard of honor to Chief Marshal while a smartly turned troop of Pak Air Force played national anthem.

On this juncture, Air Vice Chief Marshal wrote his views in the guest book that Pak Air Force is protecting the nation’s boundaries following the philosophy presented by poet of East Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah and Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-Ul-Abad visited at Quaid’s mausoleum, laid floral wreath and offered Fatah-e-Khwani.

Pakistan flag was hoisted on Principal Public and Private buildings throughout the country and all Pakistanis missions abroad.

The day was a general public holiday, as people from all walks of life took part in different programmes to mark the occasion befittingly.

Seminars and functions were organized to pay homage to the Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and poet philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

Speakers highlighted the sacrifices rendered by the people for the creation of a separate homeland for Muslims.

President Asif Ali Zardari conferred awards on outstanding civil and military personalities in recognition of their meritorious services at an investiture ceremony.

Newspapers brought out supplements to underscore the significance of the day and the ideals of Quaid-i-Azam, under whose leadership Muslims passed Pakistan Resolution in Lahore on March 23, 1940, a momentous milestone in the history of Pakistan movement. The Public and Private radio and TV channels also aired special programmes.

Thanks giving prayers were offered in all places of worship. Boy scouts, girl guides and students hold rallies while cinema houses exhibited relevant documentary films to school children and the public at large.

In addition, special exhibitions of photographs, documents etc relating to the Pakistan Movement was hold. Qirat contest, debates, essay competitions were also held and the winners were awarded prizes.

Governors and Chief Ministers hosted receptions at the Provincial capitals. On this day in 1940, the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent had pledged to create an independent homeland, where they could live in accordance with their religious and cultural values.

From March 22 to 24, 1940, the All India Muslim League held its annual session at Minto Park, Lahore, which turned historical.

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