By FATIMA GULL

23rd March, known as Youmme-Pakistan is a day when the historic resolution for the creation of an ideological state (Pakistan) was passed in 1940, in the Lahore Session of All India Muslim League. This was the biggest gathering in the political struggle of the Muslims of the Sub-continent, attended by over 100,000 people from all parts of the sub-continent. It was the day when every heart had felt the spark of patriotism for the nation which took another seven years for its final triumphant. A resolution was passed for the separate nation for the Muslims of sub continent. That day holds not a single story of separate nation but the story of every single soul who has associated his dreams and who has felt his heart at every single moment of celebration and grief.

Pakistan Day celebrated as a national event to commemorate the passage of the famous resolution of the All India Muslim League in Lahore in 1940, Lahore Resolution. This was when a demand for a separate independent state for the Muslims of South Asia was made. 23rd march is a day that marks the history. Pakistan has been celebrating this historical day of March 23rd as the Pakistan Day from its very inception as an independent state.

“Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us”

 (Message to Frontier Muslim Students Federation  June 18, 1945)

The people of Pakistan celebrate the 23rd of March, every year, with zeal and zest, to commemorate the most outstanding achievement of the Muslims of south Asia who passed the historic Pakistan Resolution on this day at Lahore in 1940.

The Pakistan Day Celebrations regarding the holiday include a full military and civilian parade in the capital, Islamabad. These are presided by the President of Pakistan and are held early in the morning. After the parade, the President confers national awards and medals on the awardees at the Presidency. Wreaths are laid at the mausoleums of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal.

Pakistanis very excitedly and enthusiastically celebrate 23rd March. Colleges and schools arrange programs base on 23rd march history to evoke the importance of the day among the younger generations and promote feelings of patriotism among them. National songs and poster competitions are arranged in different institutions in which students participate with enthusiasm. Print media also publish supplements and special editions on 23rd march. Electronic media telecast different programs on this event. National songs are on air throughout the day on radio and television. Special plays are also broadcast on television to evoke the importance of our beloved homeland Pakistan in hearts of youth. Lectures and seminars are also arranged for this great day to commemorate the importance of this day.

 This historic day carries a significant importance in our lives. It was the day when Muslim were recognized as a separate nation and basis of independent homeland for Muslim was laid in which they can lead their lives according to the teaching of Quran and Sunnah, follow their culture, traditions and own way of lives. So, on every 23rd March we must celebrate this day to recall the past of great sacrifices made by our ancestor for our beloved country Pakistan.

We can recall the history, we can feel for a while but not more than this... when we haven't went through those years so how can we bring that zeal and enthusiasm which was tagged at the end of every Pakistan day and for which we are criticized by our ancestors. Yet most of us don’t celebrate it in the honour of that history but it’s good that we have assigned one day as Pakistan day. When we all really feel freedom by getting one more holiday, everyone rejoice in one’s own way after the daily humdrum of life and with that we do feel for a while for our ancestors. So when we all relax and feel free we pay back the real meaning of Pakistan day.

“My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence. Let us mobilize all our resources in a systematic and organized way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation.”

   (Eid-ul-Azha Message to the Nation October 24, 1947)