ISLAMABAD: The nation will unite in celebration of the 147th birthday of the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, with great enthusiasm on the 25th of December.
The day will commence with gun salutes in federal and provincial capitals, followed by a dignified changing of the guard’s ceremony at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi.
The responsibility for guarding the mausoleum will be handed over from Pakistan Air Force cadets to the cadets of the Pakistan Military Academy. Senior officials will lay wreaths and offer Fatiha at the mausoleum.
Throughout the country, official ceremonies and events are scheduled to pay homage to Quaid’s life, political struggles, and his pivotal role in the creation of Pakistan.
These celebrations will be extensively covered by television and radio broadcasts, focusing on his enduring legacy. School processions, marches, and scouting rallies will also be organized to honor Quaid’s birthday.
Quaid-e-Azam’s birthday is commemorated annually on December 25th, marking the day of his birth in 1876 in Karachi, which was then part of British-controlled India. After studying in Bombay and London, Jinnah became a lawyer in Bombay. In 1913, he joined the Muslim League, eventually becoming its president in 1916.
While initially believing in Muslim-Hindu unity, deteriorating relations led Jinnah to advocate for the partition of India to protect the rights of Indian Muslims. His efforts culminated in the creation of the state of Pakistan on August 14th, 1947. Following this historic achievement, Jinnah served as the first governor-general but succumbed to tuberculosis on September 11th, 1948.