KARACHI: Pakistan Day is being commemorated across Pakistan today (Friday) with enthusiasm and fervour.
The day started with a 21-gun salute in all provincial capitals, followed by a change-of-guards ceremony held at Allama Iqbal’s Mausoleum in Lahore.
A contingent of Pakistan Air Force took charge under the supervision of Air Commodore Sohail Ahmad.
Ahmad laid a wreath at the mausoleum and offered prayers.
To commemorate the 72nd Pakistan Day, the governor and chief minister of Sindh visited Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi to pay tribute to the leadership and services of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
During their visit, the guard changing ceremony was also initiated at the mausoleum and the officials laid wreaths on Jinnah’s grave.
Representatives of all three armed forces and a large number of citizens were also present at the mausoleum.
Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah said that the resolution was passed by Quaid’s political vision and that the day is of great importance for Pakistan.
Shah said that Jinnah wanted political, economic and cultural independence for Muslims.
Governor of Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad said that Quaid-e-Azam’s vision united Muslims of the sub-continent as one nation. He added that stability in all democratic institutions was necessary for national progress.
March 23 is celebrated every year to commemorate the adoption of Pakistan Resolution by the All India Muslim League in 1940 at Lahore’s Minto Park (now Iqbal Park). The resolution demanded a separate homeland for Muslims in the subcontinent.
The Lahore Resolution proved to be a successful culmination of the long struggle by the Muslims of the subcontinent for their emancipation from British colonial rule.
It took about seven years after the Pakistan Resolution to give final shape to the new state of Pakistan, which has been described by the historians as a unique and unparalleled event in the history of the contemporary world.