LAHORE - Nation will celebrate on Thursday (today) 138th birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

On this public holiday, different organisations have arranged programmes and events to remember the Founding Father of the nation who stood like a rock against the British Raj to carve out a separate homeland for Muslims. He led the Muslims from the front in struggle for independence and despite a frail body and deteriorating health he showed an unflinching determination and sincerity for the purpose.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who was born on December 25 1876 in Karachi and did Bar-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn. He was a notable politician and first Governor General of the newly-born state of Pakistan.

Initially, Jinnah believed that Muslim-Hindu unity in India was possible, but over the years the relationship between the Hindu and Muslim communities had deteriorated to such a point that he accepted that the best way to protect rights of Muslims of subcontinent was through partition.

In 1940, he first suggested the idea of the partition of India to create Pakistan and led negotiations with the British government. This resulted in the partition of India and the creation of the state of Pakistan on 14 August 1947.

In connection with the day, national newspapers have published special supplements to highlight different aspects of Quaid’s life as well as unfold his leadership qualities. State-run and private TV channels as well as radio channels will also air special programmes on the life of Quaid-e-Azam.

Nazria Pakistan Trust, in collaboration with the Tehrik-e-Pakistan Trust, will hold a special programme to observe Quaid Day. The programme will be held at Aiwan-e-Karkunan-e-Tehrik-e-Pakistan here at 10:30am today that will be presided over by NPT Chairman Rafiq Tarar.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, in his massage on the Quaid Day, has underlined the need for following guiding principles of the Quaid about continuous struggle, honesty and hard work for making Pakistan a welfare state and achieving a respectable status for the country in the comity of nations.

He said that the goal of progress and prosperity of the country could be achieved by rising above sectarian, linguistic and religious prejudices and by elimination of terrorism and extremism. He said that all the crises being faced by the country could be overcome by following the principles of a great personality like Quaid-e-Azam.

Shahbaz further said that Pak Army and security institutions were fighting against terrorists and would be successful in rooting out the scourge of terrorism from the country.

A special sitting on the 138th birth anniversary will be held at Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan on Thursday. NPT Chairman Muhammad Rafique Tarrar will preside over the sitting. People from different walks of life will attend the sitting.  The Punjab government will observe a national day on the occasion of birth anniversary of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. All institutions will remain closed while ceremonies will be organised to remember services of the great leader.