KARACHI - Country’s commercial hub celebrated the Pakistan Day with much enthusiasm on Monday.

A sense of patriotism and national unity was observed across Karachi like other cities in the country. Different political parties held meetings, rallies and seminars to celebrate the day. In connection with Pakistan Day Jammat-e-Islami held a seminar “World Politics and current situation of the continent” which was attended by numbers of the people from all walks of lives.  Addressing the seminar Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sindh Chief Dr Mairaj-ul-Huda Siddiqui said that past and present rulers have failed to impose Islamic system in the country which is why the country are facing crises and difficulties. He said that the nation was facing external and internal challenges. “The ruling elite were involved in damaging the country and some anti-state elements with the patronisation of external forces have divided the nation on the basis of cast, creed and language,” he added.

“Imposition of Islamic laws is the only way to steer the country from hot waters and restore peace”, he asserted. Dr Huda stressed to expedite the struggle of an Islamic Pakistan, where everyone is treated equally without any discrimination. Speaking on the occasion, Hafiz Naeem said that the core aim of getting Islamic state was to restore Islamic laws in the country, however; regretfully, rulers were following orders of the western world. He further said that the India is the worst enemy of Pakistan, but unfortunately; rulers are busy in assisting their enemies in nefarious designs. Senior journalist Shahnawaz Farooqui during his address said that the struggle of Islamic Pakistan had changed the impossible to possible and the Muslims of sub-continent had chosen Islam instead of socialism. JI leader Syed Wajih said that the country had been divided by incompetency and negligence of rulers, who worked for their interests. He said that honest and capable leadership can change the country.

Meanwhile Jamaat-ud-Dawa Karachi chapter held Nazar-e-Pakistan rally outside Karachi Press Club (KPC). JuD Hafiz Talha Saeed, JuD Karachi chief Dr Muzamil Iqbal Hashmi, JI`s Asad Ullah Bhutto, JUP Qazi Ahmed Noorani, JUI-F Aslam Ghouri, JUI-S Hafiz Ahmed Ali, Awami Musilm League`s Mehfooz Yar Khan and others spoke on the occasion.    Addressing the rally via telephone JuD chief Prof Hafiz Saeed said Pakistan is an Islamic state and there is no space for elements with agenda of violence while India and United States of America were obstacles in the progress of the country.

“We have forgotten the ideology of the Pakistan which had put the country into the crisis; in year 1971 East Pakistan was separated from the county due to our mistakes, we should learn from our past,” he said.

Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) Sindh chapter celebrated Pakistan Day by arranging a unique boat rally in open sea. The rally named “Caravan-e-Bahar” started from Ibrahim Haidri, an old coastal locality of Karachi. Many boats decorated with colorful bunting and the national flags took part in the rally. A large number of children wearing uniforms presented a tableau. They paraded like small soldiers and sang the national anthem.   Noted singers and folk dancers sang national songs and displayed their skills of traditional Sindhi, Balochi, Punjabi and Siraiki dances. A large number of women and children chanting the slogans of Allah Hu Akbar and Pakistan Zindaabad took part in the boat rally, while a huge crowd was present at the jetty to see colorful boats in the rally. Green and white balloons were released into the air on this festive occasion.

PML-Q Sindh Chief Haleem Adil Sheikh hoisted the national flag in the open sea to celebrate the United Nations decision to increase the Pakistan coastal limits to another 50000 square kilometers.  Speaking on the occasion, Haleem said that rulers should correct their direction and adopt and implement the Pakistan ideology in the letter and spirit. We need to implement teachings of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal, he added.

Similarly, Muttehida Ulema Mahaz, Sunni Tehreek and other also held Pakistan Day rallies in various point of the city. Addressing the participants of the rallies the speakers highlighted the significance of the Pakistan Day and urged the nation to forge unity for welfare and protection of the country and foil the nefarious designs of the enemies.