LAHORE: A prestigious Change of Guards Ceremony was held Monday at Mausoleum of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal as the entire nation celebrated 138th birth anniversary of national poet, who envisioned a separate homeland for Muslims of British India.

While replacing Pakistan Rangers, a smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy clad in ceremonial dresses assumed ceremonial guard duties with traditional spirit and customary enthusiasm. Contingents of Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Rangers formed up outside the Mazar and took positions alongside where both the outgoing and incoming guards were inspected by Station Commander (Navy) Lahore, Commodore S M Shahzad.

Marching to the band tunes, the Naval Contingent took positions at the four corners of the Mazar. Simultaneously, Rangers were ceremoniously moved out by their Officer-in-Charge.

The ceremonial Guard mounting was followed by floral wreath laying at the Mazar of Allama Iqbal by Station Commander (Navy) on behalf of the Chief of the Naval Staff, officers and men of the Pakistan Navy. Later on, Station Commander offered Fateha and recorded his impression in the Visitors Book.

The ceremony was witnessed by a large number of military, civil officials, school children and general public.