KECH, BALOCHISTAN: Pakistan Day is a public holiday celebrated annually to mark the ratification of the Lahore Resolution, also called Pakistan Resolution, which was passed on 23rd March, 1940.
On this day, the idea of the creation of Pakistan as a separate homeland for the Muslim majority population of the sub-continent was accepted. While the idea was to protect Muslims from persecution, the resolution also included citizens of other faiths, recognising them as equal stakeholders.
Many non-Muslim leaders supported the resolution as they believed they too would receive equal rights, protection and opportunities in the new country. Seventy-nine years later, every citizen still celebrates the Day with great national zeal and joy.
It is our responsibility now that as citizens we educate our younger generation about our history and the struggle of our ancestors for self-determination against the British. The Day symbolises the unity and strength of our people, irrespective of religion and ethnicity.
We should also mirror the love, affection and victory of the resolution while cherishing our leaders who struggled for our country.
Sahar A Karim
Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2019.