Tribute to Quaid-e-Azam on his 141st birthday
KARACHI – The 141st birthday of Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was observed in the metropolis on Monday with enthusiasm and national spirit.
To mark the birth anniversary, special programmes were held across the city to shed light on Quaid’s struggle for creation of Pakistan and to highlight his guiding principles of unity, faith and discipline. It was a public holiday and national flag were hoisted atop all public and private buildings.
The cadets of Pakistan Military Academy changed the guard duty at the Quaid‘s mausoleum. The guest of the guard changing ceremony Commandant PMA Major Gen Akhtar Nawaz Satti inspected the guards. He laid down bouquet on Quiad’s mausoleum and offered Fateha. Major Gen Satti wrote down his impressions in Guests’ Book. The ceremony of change of guard was attended by a large number of citizens. The cadets of PMA have taken over the guard duty at Quaid’s mausoleum. Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah visited the Mazar-e-Quaid and laid floral wreath and offered fateha.
Talking to the media men at Mazar-e-Quaid Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that Quaid-e-Mohammad All Jinnah was a great leader, his vision, wisdom and speeches are guideline for all of us. He said Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was a visionary leader who taught us the lesson of unity, faith and discipline.
“I am quite content and happy to say that today we all are united against terrorists and extremists but we have to further strengthen unity in our ranks above religious and sectarian considerations,” he said and added this was the lesson Quaid had taught us. CM Sindh recorded his expression in visitors book kept at Quaid‘s mausoleum.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair also wrote down his impressions in visitors book and said that the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was a great lawyer, disciplined person and visionary and owing to his hectic efforts, the Muslims of the subcontinent succeeded to achieve a separate homeland. He further said that protection of minorities’ rights include in the teaching of Father of Nation and that was why special attention was being paid on providing protection to monitories rights. Also, Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar visited Mazar-e-Quaid e Azam and laid floral wreath on mausoleum. He was accompanied by DMC Chairmen and others elected representatives of Local Government.
Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Karachi said that citizen cannot resolve their issues until they follow the principals of Quaid e Azam. Currently, people of country were passing through difficult time and practicing Quaid‘s principal is the only solution of our problems whereas it is the only way to put the country on path of progress and prosperity.
Moreover, people from various walks of life visited the Mazar-e- Quaid and paid rich tributes to Quaid-e-Azam on his birth anniversary, whereas many organizations in the metropolis organized different programmes to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Quaid.
Meanwhile, various political and religious parties in their messages on Quaid‘s birthday anniversary asked the nation to seek guidance from the lifestyle and upright character of father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and transform Pakistan into a model state.
In message on the eve of the 141st birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah, former President Zardari said: “There is no room for theocracy in Pakistan which was envisioned by founding fathers as a progressive, modern and egalitarian state where in the words of Quaid religion will have nothing to do with the business of the state. Democracy, freedom of religion and freedom of conscience and rule of law are the guiding principles behind the creation of Pakistan, he said. ‘We cannot permit a few to control the thoughts and actions of people in the name of religion or in any other name’. We also pay homage to all those in the armed forces, the police, the civilian law enforcing agencies and the people who have made huge sacrifices in the fight against extremists and militants, Asif Zardari said.
Paying rich tribute to founder of nation Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in his message said that Quaid-e-Azam’s vision for future Pakistan had been dented by the dictatorial regimes and elements infesting Kalashnikov culture, ethnic hatred and extremism in the society. However, the PPP continues to be strong citadel of the vision and mission of the founder of the nation for making Pakistan an egalitarian, democratic and progressive state, he added. Bilawal pointed out that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto accomplished the dream of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah by gifting first-ever unanimous Constitution to the nation in 1973, a democratic order based on equal rights for every individual and laying the foundations for an invincible defence. Having lost her father, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto fought valiantly for democracy and the downtrodden people eventually laying down her life for the cause, he added.
PPP Leader Central President Women Wing Faryal Talpur, stated that people of land needs to follow the footsteps of Quaid for a prosperous, progressive and peaceful nation. Furthermore, Talpur emphasised that all the stakeholders of the state, institutions and people of the Pakistan should pursue the dreams of Quaid who envisioned for the Muslim and minorities of newly State on August 11, 1947 in his address to constituent assembly.
She quoted visionary words of Quaid from the same speech, “We are starting in the days where there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one state.”