SIALKOT/MANDI BAHAUDDIN/KAMALIA/KASUR/

LAYYAH/BAHAWALPUR/

GUJRANWALA/TOBA TEK SINGH/MUZAFFARGARH/

HAFIZABAD/

Pakistan Day was celebrated across Punjab with fervour, enthusiasm and renewal of pledge to spare no effort for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan and transforming it into the dreams and vision of founder of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Dr Allama Iqbal.

Scores of flag-hoisting ceremonies, seminars, walks and other competitions were held to highlight significance of the day. Special prayers were offered for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan, liberation of Kashmir.

In Sialkot, people celebrated Pakistan Day with traditional zeal and fervour across Sialkot district here today. The day dawned with the special prayers in mosques at Fajar for the progress, prosperity and solidarity of the country.

In Sialkot, local MPAs - Ch Muhammad Ikram, Ch Tariq Akhtar Subhani, Mansha Ullah Butt and DCO Dr Asif Tufail jointly hoisted national flag during a special ceremony held at historical Sialkot Fort.

A special seminar was also held at Govt Murray College Sialkot to mark the importance of the day. College Principal Prof Javaid Akhtar Billah, teachers and students highlighted various aspects of Pakistan Movement. In some special indoor programmes including debates and special plays by dramatic societies, the participants highlighted various aspects of the Pakistan Movement struggle and national songs functions were held at colleges and schools, while similar functions were also held at public and private schools.

A special ceremony was also held at Iqbal Manzil (birthplace of Allama Iqbal) Sialkot to mark importance of the Pakistan Day . Local scouts held speech and Milli Naghma competitions there at Iqbal Manzil. They also paid homage to Allama Iqbal as well. They also took out a national rally around the Iqbal Manzil and pledged to sacrifice their lives for defending every inch of the motherland. In Sialkot, the police also organized a special ceremony at the Police Lines Sialkot here today. District and Session Judge Sialkot Muhammad Yousaf Aujla, DCO Sialkot Dr Asif Tufail, DPO Sialkot Dr Abid Khan, Muhammad Sarfraz Butt (Acting President of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry-SCCI), ADSJs, senior judges and other senior police officials attended the ceremony. On this occasion, the guests distributed special gifts among the families of the police Shuhada. In Mandi Bahauddin, the Pakistan Ex-Servicemen held a rally here at Committee Bagh to celebrate Pakistan Day . Besides, ex-servicemen, members of local NGOs and civil society participated in the rally.

Addressing the rally, the speakers said it is the day that reminds us of the struggle and sacrifices of our heroes who adopted the resolution and forced the then rulers to implement it. With their unprecedented sacrifices Pakistan emerged as separate homeland for Muslims of South Asia. Paying tributes Pakistan movement leaders, they said this is the day we should review our performance and see whether objectives of creation of Pakistan have been achieved and if not what are the reasons of our failure. Expressing dissatisfaction over the prevailing situation in the country, they termed corruption and terrorism as the main hurdle in their way to make Pakistan as it was envisioned by our Quad Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Dr Allama Iqbal. They urged ex-servicemen to unite on PESS platform to fight against these two monsters of corruption and terrorism in order to restore peace and rule of law in our homeland.

In Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan day was observed with great national enthusiasm all over the district. Main function of the day was held in government model high school where former MNA Ch Abdul Sattar was chief guest while MPAs - Mian Muhammad Rafiq and Amjad Ali Javed, DCO Amer Ijaz Akbar, ADC Zeeshan Shabbir Rana, EDO Education Rao Attiq Ahmad, EDO Agriculture Shahzad Sabir, EDO Health Dr Nawaz Ranjha and District Emergency Officer Mian Faraz Munir were also present.

National flag was hoisted while guard of honour was presented by a Rescue 1122 contingent. In District Police Lines, to pay tributes to martyrs of police, a function was held where District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Yar Wallana was the chief guest while DPO Rana Shahzad Akbar, DCO Amer Ijaz Akbar, DBA President Mian Farrukh Iqbal, district press club president Manzoor Naz, JI district president Maulana Rehmatullah Arshad, Sunni Tehreek district Ameer Maulana Munem Siddiqi, former Kamalia MC chairman Rai Ziaullah and MPA Amjad Ali Javed were also present.

In Catholic Church, a prayer was led by Fr Samuel George while DCO Amer Ijaz Akbar, MPA Amjad Ali Javed, community development DO Saeed Dhillon, Fr Zafar Iqbal, Rasheed Jalal, Ayub Anjum, Ms Rafia Ashfaq and Rizwan Azhar Naz were also present.

In Muzaffargarh, Pakistan Day was celebrated here with traditional zeal and enthusiasm to commemorate the passage of Lahore Resolution, later called the Pakistan Resolution, which eventually led to the creation of Pakistan. The Pakistan Muslim League-N organised a number of meetings where cakes were cut by the local MPA Hamad Nawaz Khan Tipu, MPA Mian Imran Qureshi, MPA Ahmed Yar Hinjra, MNA Malik Sultan Mehmood Hinjra, Syed Abdullah Shah Bukhari, Provincial Minister Makdoom Haroon Sultan Bukhari, PML-N President Arshad Guzara. The national flag was hoisted on all important public and private buildings throughout the district with four tehsils - Jatoi, Alipur Kot Addu and Muzaffargarh. Governmental, political, cultural, social and other organise have organised various programmes to mark the day in a befitting manner. PML-Q also organised a seminar which was hosted by Mian Muhammad Ramzan Qureshi. Meanwhile, a seminar was held in Government Girls Collage under the supervision of Principal Rehana Bilqees Bukhari, Madam Shahida and Madam Misba.

In Faisalabad, Pakistan Day was celebrated throughout the district with national enthusiasm and fervour and the renewal of pledge to utilise all energies and capabilities to get Pakistan out of problems of terrorism, energy crisis and other issues. The day was dawn with special prayers in mosques for the solidarity and national integrity. The main ceremony of flag-hoisting was held at DCO complex. Members Parliament Haji Akram Ansari, Begum Khalida Mansur, Haji Ilyas Ansari, Madiha Rana, Dr Najma Afzal, Surriya Nasim, acting DCO Ejaz Khaliq Razaqi and CPO Afzal Kausar hoisted the national flag while the officers of different departments, representatives of civil society were also present on the occasion. The participants of the ceremony recited national songs and active contingent of the police presented salute and march pass. Addressing the ceremony, MNA Haji Akram Ansari and other parliamentarians said that the entire nation is celebrating the Pakistan Day with unity as it was the historical day of Pakistan history when resolution for the independence of Pakistan was passed and Pakistan became into existence after short span of 7 years with the untiring efforts of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and other leaders of Pakistan movement.

He said that the present govt under the dynamic leadership of PM Nawaz Sharif, is following revolutionary polices for steering the country out of crisis and encouraging results have been achieved of the measures against terrorism. He vowed that Pakistan would be made a welfare state by following the golden principles of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

A special ceremony was also held at Presbyterian Church at Railway road in which acting DCO Ejaz Khaliq Razaqi, AC City Blawal Abru and others officers of district administration, EX MPA Kamal Ghugtai, Pastor Emric Joseph and other leaders of Christian community were participated. Special prayer for the progress of the Pakistan and national unity was offered on the occasion. State Minister for Water and Power Ch Abid Sher Ali, MPA Mian Tahir Jamil, acting DCO Ejaz Khaliq Razaqi, CPO Afzal Kausar and other officers laid froral wreath on the momentum of martyrs of police and offered Fateha.

Divisional Commissioner Capt (r) Nasim Nawaz participated in a function held at Govt Postgraduate College Samnabad in connection with the Pakistan Day . Director Colleges Rana Munawar Khan, Deputy Director Muhammad Idrees, Principal Ejaz Farooq and other officers were also present in the function. The competitions of Naat and Qirat of divisional level were held on the occasion. Moreover, Mini Marathon Race was held in connection with the Pakistan Day under the arrangements of district sports department. The race started from Iqbal Stadium and culminated on the same point after passing through from Jail road, University road, Hilal-e-Ahmar Chowk, Shuhda Yadgar chowk and Bilal road. Members of the parliaments Haji Akram Ansar, Haji Ilyas Ansari, Begum Najma Afzal, acting DCO Ejaz Khaliq Razaqi distributed prizes among the position holders of the race. Likewise, Pakistan Day was also observed at tehsils level and different political, social, business and other organizations arranged rallies, seminars and other programmes to highlight the importance and significance of Pakistan resolution. In Bahawalpur, the Pakistan Day was celebrated with the renewal of pledge to make the country strong, progressive and prosperous side by side a real democratic and welfare State to justify the struggle and sacrifices of the forefathers. A number of social, cultural, literary, political and religious organisations besides the government departments and educational institutes including the Islamia University Bahawalpur and Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry conducted different programmes to mark the day.

The day was dawned with special prayers in mosques for the solidarity, stability, peace, prosperity and progress of the country, well being of the Muslim Ummah and early liberation of the Held Jammu & Kashmir. National flag was hoisted at all official and important buildings of the city while local newspapers published special editions to highlight importance of the day.

An exhibition of equipment and ammunition of Pak Army was also arranged at Noor Mahal Bahawalpur which was inaugurated by Major Gen Amjid Ali Khan Khattak. National anthem and songs were also sung by the military band. Horse riding competition was also arranged in which children participated especially.

Light and sound show was also held in Noor Mahal in the evening in which families of Army Officers and Civilian Notable participated. The inaugural ceremony of two books titled “Cholistan Invented and Mata-e-Hayat” was also held on this happy occasion.

At the end, Corps Commander Bahawalpur Lt-Gen Javed Iqbal congratulated the organising Committee for holding such successful event.

In Dera Ghazi Khan, the police observed Pakistan Day as Youm-e-Shuhada day to pay tribute the 27 martyred police officials who laid their lives in the line of duty at District Police Lines.

DPO Atta Muhammad was the chief guest while SP (Investigations) Sajjad Hussain Gujar, Spokesperson to DPO Sarfraz Mehboob, Inspector Jan Muhammad, Line Office Muhammad Aslam, ASI Mehboob Ellahi, Accountant Muhammad Bilal Buzdar, SHO Police Station Saddar Taunsa Inspector Sanaullah Mastoi and families of martyred police officials were participants. The DPO laid floral wreaths on Yadgar-i-Shuhada and said that the police force is at the forefront of the every crime war and would never hesitate to render sacrifice for security of the people. In Layyah, Pakistan Day was celebrated with fervour and national zeal. The speech contest held among children of different schools at MC high school Layyah, in which students presented speeches, national songs and tableaus. EDO Education Tahira Shafeeq Chishti distributed award to the position holders. On Pakistan Day , a cricket match was played between DCO eleven and Media eleven at College Ground in which DCO eleven set target of 94 runs in 10 overs while media eleven chased the target on the last ball of last over.

In Gujranwala, Pakistan Day was celebrated with national zeal and fervour. The main ceremony to mark the day was held at Gujranwala Cantt which was attended by senior army officers, officials and a large number of citizens. A ceremony was also held at Government Girls College Satellite Town Gujranwala which was presided by Commissioner Gujranwala Division Capt (r) Muhammad Asif. Director Colleges Ghulam Sarwar Sipra, Principal Mrs Amira Cheema and a large number of teachers and students attended the ceremony. On the occasion, the speakers said that Pakistan was achieved with great sacrifices and struggle and the day is being celebrated to remember the movement run for making of Pakistan. They said Pakistan Day is a historical day as on this day the Muslims of the subcontinent got rid of slavery of Britain rulers and Hindu tyranny.

In Kamalia, Govt PST College Principal Pir Qutbul Haq Chishti said that the nation had rendered unprecedented sacrifices for the achievement of political independence and ideological freedom.

“On this day of happiness, let us pay homage to our leaders of Independence Movement who struggled with great courage and perseverance for a country of our own,” he pointed out. He was addressing a flag-hosting ceremony held in connection with Pakistan Day celebrations here on Wednesday. The colourful event regarding Pakistan Day was organised by the Nazaria-e-Pakistan Society. A large number of students, teachers and collage staff also attended the ceremony. “The day is a tribute to the leadership of our great leader Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who inspired the nation to achieve an insurmountable task,” he added.

In Kasur, the district government celebrated Pakistan Day across the district with zeal and zest. Prayers were offered for the progress and prosperity of the country. The students presented national songs and shed light on the importance of the day. The main flag-hosting ceremony was organised at Govt Girls High School where DCO Salman Ghani and DPO Ali Nasir Rizvi were chief guests.

EDO (Education) Mian Zulfiqar Ali, DO Secondary Madam Parveen, DO Elementary Malik Muhammad Ashraf, DO Social Welfare Abad Ali Jattala, DDO Social Welfare Muhammad Akbar Raza, Govt Girl High School Principal Madam Raheeda Arif, office bearers of NGOs, teachers, journalists, students and elite of the town attended the ceremony. Addressing the participants, DCO Salam Ghani and DPO Syed Ali Nasir Rizvi highlighted the importance of the day and said that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah laid foundation of the motherland and the entire nation is duty bound to to fulfil the dreams of the Quaid and great poet Dr Allama Iqbal.

They called upon the masses to shun their petty differences and unite on one platform for the progress, prosperity and stability of the country.

On the occasion, the students presented national anthem, national songs and highlighted the importance of Pakistan Day . Meanwhile, The District Sports Board held a martial arts competition at Kasur Gymnasium. Whereas, a hockey match between Kasur and Khuddian Khas and a cricket match Kasur versus Okara was held.

Under the supervision of Govt Postgraduate Islamic College for Boys principal, another programme was held.