Karachi: The everlasting motto of the father of nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah – unity, faith and discipline awaited implementation in letter and spirit, as Pakistan nation celebrated the 137th birth anniversary of their founding father on Tuesday.
The day was declared as national holiday. National flag was hoisted at all government buildings across the country. The day will dawn with special prayers in mosques for Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and prosperity and development of the country. Different programs were held throughout the country to celebrate the day.
In Karachi a change of guard ceremony was held at the Mazar-e-Quaid. A smartly turned out contingent of the cadets of the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul mounted the ceremonial guard at the Mazar-e-Quaid. The representatives of all three armed forces offered Fateha at the grave of Quaid-e-Azam.
President Asif Ali Zardari visited the Mazar. He laid a floral wreath and offered Fateha. Sindh governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah along with cabinet members offered Fateha at the Mazar-e-Quaid. Chairman of Pakistan Peoples’ Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was also present. Leaders of different political parties, civil society and people belonging to all walks of life visited the mausoleum and offered Fateha.
Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born on December 25, 1876 in Karachi. He got his early education in Karachi and at the age of 16 he went to England for further studies. In 1896, Jinnah qualified for the Bar and in 1897 was called to the Bar. It was due to his struggle that despite opposition from the Congress and British government, Muslims of subcontinent managed to get their own homeland on August 14, 1947.
The Quaid was also the first governor general of Pakistan. He was a man of principles. His motto was Unity, Faith and Discipline. Jinnah died on September 11, 1948, just over a year after Pakistan gained independence from the British rule and left a deep and respected legacy in Pakistan.