The nation is celebrating the 136th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah with national spirit and enthusiasm across the country and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday (today). The day will dawn with special prayers in mosques for the eternal peace of Quaid-e-Azam and progress and unity of the country, while the national flag will be hoisted at all government and semi-government buildings.
A 31-gun salute and 21-gun salute would be given in the Federal capital and provinces, respectively. The main event of the day will be held at Mazaar-e-Quaid with the change of guard. Seminars and conferences would be organised by a number of political, social, cultural and educational institutions throughout the country to highlight the services of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in achieving independence of Pakistan.
The day is observed every year with a pledge to transform Pakistan into a vibrant, progressive and enlightened country as envisioned by the great leader. In Karachi, government officials and representatives of the Armed Forces would lay floral wreaths at the mausoleum of the Quaid on behalf of their services and would offer 'Fateha.'
Newspapers would bring out special supplements highlighting the life and achievements of Quaid-e-Azam. Radio and TV channels will present several programmes to highlight the achievements and leadership characteristics of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Quaid's birthday was a day of rededication to the principles of the Father of the Nation as well as a day to reiterate our resolve to defeat the forces that seek to undermine the nation's founding principles. Quaid-e-Azam stood for constitutionalism, rule of law, respect for human rights, and pluralism, educationists said.
They said Quaid's slogan of 'unity, faith and discipline' inspired the Muslims of the sub-continent and they rendered exemplary sacrifices to achieve the state under the dynamic leadership of their leader. In order to pay tribute to historic services of Father of the Nation with zeal and zest, Punjab University will remain open on Tuesday as a part of celebrations of the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
Seminars, quiz, debate competitions, skits etc. will be organised today in all the departments to highlight the services of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Moreover, the position holders of intermediate examinations will visit Punjab University, New Campus on Tuesday. The delegation will meet PU VC Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran and visit main library and other departments.