islamabad - National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) celebrated Quaid-e-Azam Day with great festivity and fervour here at Shakarparian.

In her address, Dr Fouzia Saeed paid rich tributes to the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for his untiring efforts and contribution in creating a separate homeland for the Muslims of sub-continent.

The special programmes regarding Quaid-e-Azam Day were also organised at Pakistan Monument Museum, adjacent to National Monument. The programmes included a cake cutting ceremony and a youth painting contest with the theme “Quaid-i-Azam, the great leader.” Twenty-five youth (students) of different schools and colleges of Islamabad/Rawalpindi participated in the contest and created beautiful paintings of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah depicting various stages of his life and struggle for freedom.

The two museums working under the administrative control of Lok Virsa i.e. Heritage Museum and Pakistan Monument Museum also remained open on Friday from 10:00am to 7:00pm and entertained thousands of visitors. In order to ensure maximum participation of the masses, fifty percent rebate on entry ticket of Heritage Museum for Pakistani nationals was also granted by Lok Virsa.

While having an informal interaction with media after the ceremony, Dr Fouzia Saeed informed that Lok Virsa will hold its next programme on “Block Printing: Engagement with Artisans” under craft of the month series from 4th till 10th January 2016. Master artisans in the field of block printing, Ajrak and vegetable dyes from different parts of the country will demonstrate their skills at Heritage Museum and coach children (6-14 years) regarding their respective crafts.

Meanwhile, Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) here Friday screened the movie ‘Jinnah’ featuring on the life of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah as part of Quaid Week being celebrated in connection with 139th birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam.

The film features the life of Quaid-e-Azam and other freedom movement leaders and the historical moments of making of Pakistan. The ongoing Quaid Week is an attempt to pay rich tributes to the Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for his valuable contribution towards creation of Pakistan.

“Our younger generation needs to work hard by following the footsteps of Quaid. Our youth has a great potential, they can make Pakistan prosperous by adopting teachings of Quaid in letter and spirit,” said DG PNCA Muhammad Naeem while talking to APP. The PNCA has also displayed an exhibition “Raushni ka Safar” featuring portraits and historical pictures of Quaid e Azam.”It will go a long way in creating awareness among the masses about the achievements of our founder and his struggle in making the country,” DG PNCA said.

The exhibition comprises photographs showing Quaid’s life, his family members and various stages of Pakistan Movement. Many photographs feature Quaid-e-Azam holding official meetings and attending functions after creation of Pakistan. Photographs of the historical moment of Quaid addressing the first constituent Assembly on 14 August 1947 are also on display.

A large number of people from different walks of life including schoolchildren, youth and personalities relating to art, culture and media attended the event.

Meanwhile, On the occasion of Quaid-e-Azam’s 139th birth anniversary, Jinnah Iqbal Fikri Forum in collaboration with Rawalpindi Arts Council organized a Seminar on “Jinnah The Builder of a National State in South Asia.”

Justice Ali Nawaz Chohan, Chairman of Government Human Rights Commission presided over the seminar while Maj Gen (Retd) Masudur Rehman, Chairman Panah Trust, was the chief guest. Chairman Jinnah Iqbal Fikri Forum Rana Abdul Baqi, former Senior Advisor World Bank Fatah M Choudhry, former Federal Secretary Muzaffar Mahmud Qureshi, Dr Ghulam Akbar Niazi and others were also present on the occasion.

The speakers remarked that Quaid-e-Azam launched a great freedom struggle of Muslims and finally achieved Pakistan. Justice Ali Nawaz Chohan said that government should include Jinnah’s ideals on human rights and political achievements in the curricular of all schools and seminaries.

Maj Gen Masudur Reman also paid tribute to the vision and political struggle of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Meanwhile, Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) President Mian Humayun Parvez has urged traders to seek guidance from the lifestyle of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and work hard, put all energies to transform Pakistan into a model state.

RCCI President expressed these views on the 139th birth anniversary of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah being celebrated at RCCI. Pakistan Green Task Force President Dr Jamal Nasir was the chief quest on the occasion. President RCCI said, “By following the footsteps of Quaid-e-Azam we can make Pakistan a prosperous and progressive state.” He said, “We should abide by the principles ‘unity, faith and discipline’ set by our beloved Quaid, an all-time beacon for us.” Dr Jamal Nasir said, “Our country has now embarked upon the path to progress as envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam.”

A short video documentary on Quaid’s life was also shown to the audience. Senior Vice President Saqib Rafiq, Vice President Aqil Obaid, Group leader Suhail Altaf, Former president Manzar Khurshid, Vice Chairman standing committee Makhdoom Tahir Shah and member of the executive committee were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, speakers at a special ceremony held here under the auspices of Anjuman Faizul Islam (AFI) to mark the 139th birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah paid tributes to the great leader of the Muslims.

Speakers underlined the need to follow the footsteps of Quaid-e-Azam to overcome prevailing crises in the country. The ceremony was arranged by Faizul Islam Model Secondary School of AFI in which students highlighted the different aspects of Quaid’s characters through speeches and tableaus.

Senior Vice President of AFI Dr Riaz Ahmed was the chief guest. Chairperson Educational Committee of AFI Izhar Fatima, Tasleem Mansoor Iqbal, Ghulam Jilani, other office-bearers and a large number of students attended the ceremony.

Dr Riaz Ahmed said the dream of a separate homeland for the Muslims of Indo-Pak sub-continent was fulfilled under the dynamic and inspiring leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah who was a real man of character. “Quid set a goal and worked extraordinarily hard for his cause, it was his continued struggle which turned the dream of separate homeland into reality”, he added.

He said, “Our forefathers had, under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his companions, given enormous sacrifices for the achievement of their goal.” He emphasised on students to seek knowledge with full attention and devotion so that they can be able to shoulder their coming responsibilities with regard to serve the country.