Islamabad - Week-long celebrations to mark the 141st birth anniversary of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah formally began on Monday.

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Advisor to Prime Minister Ifran Siddiqui, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Mariam Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Interior and Education Engineer Balighur Rehman and Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary launched the celebrations here at the Pakistan National Council of Arts.

Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal called for a firm commitment to democratic governance, rule of law and equality of citizens to take Pakistan to the heights of progress and prosperity.

Minister of State for Information Mariam Aurangzeb said all departments of the ministry are closely cooperating to highlight Quaid’s vision in the society.

She asked people to participate in competitions of best cake cutting in respect of December 25 and contribution of any belonging or picture of the Quaid. The winner would get prize of one hundred thousand rupees.  People can participate in the contest through websites of the Ministry and its attached departments, social media or through mail.

She said a photo exhibition ‘Journey of Pakistan’ and cultural mela are part of the celebrations.

Prime Minister’s Advisor Irfan Siddiqui said a year-long programme has been chalked out to highlight life, role and achievements of Quaid-e-Azam and other leaders of Pakistan Movement.

He said the National Book Foundation has been asked to get books of our founding fathers written throughout the year.

Minister of State for Education Balighur Rehman said Pakistan ideology, national unity and solidarity are at the core of the syllabus of our educational institutions.

Speaking on occasion, Mayor Islamabad, Shiekh Ansar Aziz said that the capital Administration would arrange the cake cutting ceremonies in educations institutions and place the bill boards of Quaid on different spots of city to highlight the Qauid’s message.