135th birth anniversary: Pakistan pays tribute to the Quaid-e-Azam

Published: December 25, 2011
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File photo of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

File photo of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

File photo of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Soldiers perform a ceremonial drill at the mausoleum of Pakistani founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in Karachi on December 25, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Today (Sunday) marks the 135th birth anniversary of the founder of Pakistan ­– Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Cadets from Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) marched at the mausoleum of the Quaid-e-Azam in Karachi early morning on Sunday and hoisted the guard of honour.

Several special ceremonies were also held at the mausoleum in the port city and other parts of the country to celebrate the birth anniversary of Jinnah. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, along with other cabinet members, visited the mausoleum to pay his respects to the founder.

Gilani, speaking to the media at the mausoleum, said that the 100th cabinet meeting held today in Karachi was to pay a tribute to the great Quaid who believed in the parliamentary democracy.

The prime minister added that this day was significant because it is not only Quaid’s birth anniversary but also Christmas.

Earlier during the day, while addressing the cabinet meeting, Gilani said it is the best way to pay homage to the Quaid-e-Azam that the democratic government has completed 45 months and assured that in line with the principles of the Quaid-e-Azam, the democratic government adopted the policy to have relations with all the countries including its neighbours with honour and dignity.

President Asif Ali Zardari, while commemorating the father of the nation, said that Jinnah had rejected any change by bullets and had always favoured that it be done through a ballot. “Let us pledge that we will not allow any change through force and intimidation and respect the power of ballot as the instrument of change.”

The president said the Quaid stood for constitutionalism, rule of law, respect for human rights, pluralism and honouring the mandate of the people.

He urged the nation to pledge on this day to reclaim Quaid-e-Azam’s Pakistan and unleash the creative powers of the people through freedom, justice, the rule of law and an end to terrorism and violence.

The president urged the people to forge unity in their ranks to preserve and protect their democratic and political rights and make Pakistan a country where egalitarianism prevailed and in which every individual is allowed opportunities for the blossoming of his potential and shaping his own destiny.

Pursue the Quaid’s motto for country’s progress: Sindh CM

Pakistan was established under the dynamic leadership of the father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and we should follow the motto of the great leader for the progress and prosperity of the country.

This was stated by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in his message on the eve of the 135th birth anniversary of the Quaid-e-Azam being marked on Sunday.

Shah said that by strictly observing the motto of the Quaid-e-Azam – Unity, Faith and Discipline – we can ensure the progress and development of the country and ensure for it a prominent place in the comity of nations.

He said that today our country is confronted with internal and external challenges and dangers and that the government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is striving to overcome these challenges.

Quaid-e-Azam’s motto to be followed to pay homage to him: Sindh Governor

The best way to pay homage to the Jinnah is to follow his motto of Unity, Faith and Discipline, said Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan in his message on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

He said that by following these principles we can make the country strong, developed and prosperous, adding that from day one, the Quaid-i-Azam was against injustice and violence.

He said that the Quaid not only deplored injustice and violence at every stage but he also took practical steps for their eradication.

Ebad added that the father of the nation believed that supremacy of law was the peaceful way for the realisation of justice and that the Quaid had always stressed the need of unity, cohesion and promotion of the spirit of brotherhood.

He said that we should follow the path determined by the Quaid-e -Azam as this leads to our betterment as well as the development of the country.

Quaid’s golden principles can lead us toward development, prosperity: K-P Governor

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar said that the cherished dream of the Muslims for a separate homeland was realised by acting upon Jinnah’s motto.

Due to his towering personality and exemplary leadership, he added, he was honored with the title of Quaid-e-Azam.

He said: “The 25th of December is a memorable day for the Muslims of the Indian Sub-continent as their beloved leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born on this day. It was due to his charismatic leadership that Muslims were liberated from the clutches of British imperialism.”

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Ali-wali
    Dec 25, 2011 - 2:25PM

    Bestiality of a particular brand of power hungry, gulf funded Mullas have turned Pakistan into Quaid’s worst nightmare.

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  • Dec 25, 2011 - 2:45PM

    @Ali-wali:
    Quaid dreamed of a secular Pakistan. We want a secular Pakistan. Period.

    P.S. Secular is not opposite of Religious. Opposite of religious is atheism and opposite of secular is fascism.

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  • ProudPakistani
    Dec 25, 2011 - 2:57PM

    Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three
    We are proud of our Great Leader..!!

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  • Hamid
    Dec 25, 2011 - 3:05PM

    Happy Birthday Jinnah, thanks for everything you did for us.

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  • itsrizi
    Dec 25, 2011 - 3:19PM

    ‎”Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three”.
    Stanley Walport

    Happy 135th birthday of the Founder of the Nation:)

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  • Hu Jintao
    Dec 25, 2011 - 3:40PM

    I wish people of my nation gets inspiration and vision and determination from Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah and not from some filmy heroes

    Excellent quote @ProudPakistani

    I love my real and true Quaid.
    Unity Faith Discipline, Work work and work should be the mottos of each and every individual having Pakistani blood running thru his/her veins

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  • Dec 25, 2011 - 4:34PM

    Indians will remain eternally grateful to MA Jinnah for the creations of Pakistan. His bday should also be observed in India to the level of Gandhi.

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Dec 25, 2011 - 4:44PM

    We are highly indebted to you father. Sorry, we have so far not been able to live up your dream of secular Pakistan where people of all religions would be free to practice without fear of persecution by hardcore extremists.

    We will continue the fight though. We Pakistanis will, inshallh, live up your dreams soon. Fight against extremism will continue until the last victory.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 25, 2011 - 6:52PM

    Thank you Quaid-e-Azam for creating Pakistan on the world map.

    May Al-Mighty Allah give wisdom to the present and the future rulers to follow your guidelines and instructions to make Pakistan a welfare state for the people of Pakistan in a real manner. Ameen.

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  • geeko
    Dec 25, 2011 - 6:55PM

    Thanks Sir! Now, the best gift would be to workd towards your Pakistan =D

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  • korhimal
    Dec 25, 2011 - 7:19PM

    @ProudPakistani:

    “We are proud of our Great Leader..!!”-though we forget his ideals of a secular government and tolerant society!

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  • Sana
    Dec 25, 2011 - 8:36PM

    WE are eternally grateful to our great leader. Sadly we never got one like him ever again. So on this day Thank you Quaid! You live in our hearts forever.
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  • Bangali
    Dec 25, 2011 - 11:10PM

    @ProudPakistani
    Comletely agree.
    Shaikh Muzibar Rehman did all three too. But it is Jinnah who was the pioneer.And we are very proud of both.

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  • Uzair
    Dec 26, 2011 - 12:55AM

    Happy Birthday Quaid-e-Azam.

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  • Dr. Who!
    Dec 26, 2011 - 4:00AM

    @itsrizi: ”Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three”.
    Stanley Walport

    Can you still quote Staley Wolport’s book “Jinnah of Pakistan” even though it has been banned by Zia Ul Haq Recommend

  • Dec 26, 2011 - 5:38AM

    Happy Birthday Baba. We miss youRecommend

  • Malatesh
    Dec 26, 2011 - 9:06AM

    @PakistaniHindu

    Quaid dreamed of a secular Pakistan.
    We want a secular Pakistan.
    No doubt that Jinna was Great Secular Leader.

    Jinna never dreamed for secular Pakistan he wanted to create a saparate muslim country. However, he also promised that he will protect minorities in Pakistan if they are willing to join them.

    But, Pakistanis did not keep his promises. neither Pakistan is safe for minorities nor Muslims got united(intern you people divided muslim community into Shia/Sunni/Hazarra….etc)

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Dec 26, 2011 - 10:32AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.We pay tribute and homage to Quaid-e-Azam on his birth and death dates and revise our promises to make Pakistan and its nation economically strong and stable but unfortunately corrupt,beggars and slaves leaders of past and present have been badly failed to make Pakistan for what purposes and objectives Quaid-e-Azam struggled and made Pakistan and current Pakistan is not according to the dreams of Quaid-e-Azam.

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  • dv sikka
    Dec 26, 2011 - 4:49PM

    Jinnah had a vision of a secular Pakistan. Jinaah considered that Pakistan people had a distinctive culture and he wanted a seperate country for that reason. He certainly envisioned a peaceful and prosperous country.
    Has any of his wishes/visions been fulfilled.
    Does anybody care to pat real respect to that great soul, the greatest son of Pakistan.
    Is it time to make Pakistan the way he wanted it to be, a country rule by Laws.

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