LAHORE - Pakistanis celebrated the 139th birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, with great enthusiasm on Friday.

Political and religious leaders paid tribute to the founding father, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. They said his great role paved the way for the Muslims of the subcontinent. His leadership qualities and vision gave a clear cut direction to the coming generations and leaderships of the country, they added.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah 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.

To remember his personality, scholars and literary circles held sessions and highlighted his struggle for the peace of the entire region. The government announced National Day and all the state institutions remained closed.

In connection with the day, national newspapers 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 also raised special programmes on the life of Quaid-e-Azam.

Nazria Pakistan Trust, in collaboration with the Tehrik-e-Pakistan Trust, held a special programme to observe Quaid Day. The programme was held at Aiwan-e-Karkunan-e-Tehrik-e-Pakistan which was presided over by NPT Chairman Rafiq Tarar. The participants said Quaid-i-Azam was a role model and the present youth should follow him to serve the country.