Islamabad - The 138th birth anniversary of the Founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was observed throughout Pakistan on Thursday with special prayers for peace, stability and development of the country.    

Various social organisations organised functions, including seminars and walks, on the day. Speech competitions were held on the life of Quaid-e-Azam and Pakistan Movement in various schools and colleges.

Besides, special programmes were also aired on local FM channels and newspapers published special edition highlighting the salient features of Pakistan Movement and contribution of great leader of the country besides throwing light on different aspects of the Quaid’s life and his teachings.

Smartly turned out cadets of the Pakistan Military Academy Kakul took over the duties of guards from the cadets of Pakistan Air Force at the mausoleum of Quaid in a simple but impressive ceremony in Karachi this morning. Commandant of the Academy Major General Nadeem Raza also viewed the parade.

Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad, special Assistant to the Chief Minister Sindh, Sharmila Farooqi along with representatives of the three armed forces and citizen attended the ceremony.

Later, the participants of the ceremony offered Fateha at the Mazar-e-Quaid.

Political parties and social, cultural and educational institutions are conducting  various programmes to highlight life and achievements of the Quaid with special reference to Pakistan Movement and his guiding principles of unity, faith and discipline.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have called upon the nation to demonstrate the courage and dedication of the Quaid-e Azam to successfully face the current challenges, including terrorism.

In their separate messages on the occasion of the 138th birth anniversary of the founder of Pakistan today, the President and the Prime Minister stressed the need for following the Quaid’s path and to adhere to the principles of Unity, Faith and Discipline was never as great as it is today.

Mamnoon Hussain said we must reaffirm our commitment to those ideals of democracy, egalitarianism, constitutionalism and rule of law that were upheld by our great leader throughout his life. He underscored the need to make a pledge to work individually as well as collectively to make Pakistan a peaceful, progressive and prosperous state.

In his message, the Prime Minister urged the nation to work whole-heartedly and with dedication to build a strong and prosperous Pakistan.  He said patriotism, dedicated work and selfless service for the greater glory of Pakistan could be the most befitting tribute to the memory of Quaid-e-Azam.