MIRPUR (AJK)/KAMALIA-AJK people celebrated the birth anniversary of the Founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah with great enthusiasm with the renewal of the pledge to continue struggle for the progress of Pakistan and the state.

The day dawned with special prayers in the mosques throughout AJK for the integrity, solidarity, progress and prosperity of Pakistan and for the early success of the Kashmir freedom movement.

Special ceremonies to celebrate were held in all 10 district and tehsil headquarters of Azad Jammu Kashmir including the state metropolis - Muzaffarabad and divisional headquarters of Mirpur and Rawalakot.

Various social, political and intellectual organisations held special programmes to celebrate this day with great fervour and enthusiasm. Quaid’s birth day cakes were cut in these ceremonies amid the clapping by the jubilant participants and voicing “Happy birth day to Quaid-i-Azam”. They expressed their heartiest love and affection with the Quaid. Addressing the ceremonies, speakers paid glorious tributes to the Founder of Pakistan besides highlighting his hectic life, ideas and achievements - which led to the establishment of the separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent.

In Mirpur, the major ceremony was hosted by Kashmiri NGO Jinnah Foundation, AJK on Monday with full respect and honour coupled with the renewal of the pledge to continue to follow the policy of father of the nation on Kashmir. Addressing the ceremony, Dr Amin Chaudhry paid rich tributes to Quaid-e-Azam for his unprecedented services for the Muslims of the sub continent through making a separate country.

He said said that the best way to pay rich tribute to Quaid-i-Azam is to continue his mission with fullest national spirit for making Pakistan and fully prosperous and developed country as envisioned by late father of the nation. He reiterated Kashmiris resolve to continue to follow the policy of father of the nation on Kashmir.

The speakers said that the people of Jammu & Kashmir would continue their freedom struggle for the liberation of occupied Jammu Kashmir from the Indian forcible rule and for the achievement of their legitimate right to self-determination.

They emphasised for continuously performing individual and collective role for turning Pakistan into a true Islamic welfare state to enter the ranks of the developed nations by strictly acting upon the vision of the Quaid. Similar ceremonies were also held at several other parts of AJK and various parts of Pakistan where Jammu Kashmir refugees have been inhibiting, to celebrate the birth day jointly under the auspices of various social and political organisations.

The participants prayed for the progress, integrity, solidarity and prosperity of the country and for the early success of Kashmir freedom movement. All the three radio stations of Azad Jammu Kashmir including Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Tararkheil aired special programmes highlighting the great personality of Quaid-e-Azam and his meritorious and remarkable services for the nation.

In Kamalia, speakers aid the historical struggle for freedom of the Muslims of subcontinent under the great leadership of Quaid-i-Azam bore fruit in 1947.

Chairman Overseas Trust Toba Tek Singh Mahmoodul Hassan Advocate stated that under his leadership, the Muslims achieved their dream of an independent country. Verily, he said, the Quaid’s personality is a beacon.

He said, “Founder of Pakistan had a bold, courageous and unselfish character and no temptation was great enough to divert him from his purpose. By following the rules of Quaid-i-Azam, Pakistan can be saved from the entire current crisis. His message: unity, faith and discipline is the key to the progress and prosperity of Pakistan, Pakistan can be guided on the path of development and prosperity.”