ISLAMABAD: As the nation celebrates the 147th birthday of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah today (Monday), the president and the prime minister of Pakistan have urged Pakistanis to follow the vision of the founder of the nation.
The day dawned with gun salutes in the federal and provincial capitals followed by a change of the guard’s ceremony at Quaid-i-Azam’s mausoleum in Karachi.
Special programmes were also arranged by various social, political, governmental and non-governmental organisations and forums to celebrate the birthday of the country’s founder.
In his message, President Dr Arif Alvi said Quaid-i-Azam was the great benefactor of the nation whose tireless efforts led to the creation of a separate homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent, state-run Radio Pakistan said.
The president said the current situation in the country demanded the following of the Father of the Nation’s vision and his guiding principles in letter and spirit to promote unity and democratic values.
President Alvi also stressed the need for unity, hope and justice for the promotion of Islamic ideals, moral values, unity and brotherhood.
Separately, caretaker PM Anwaarul Haq Kakar said the Quaid’s principles of “unity, faith and discipline” should be the guiding principles for all as a nation.
Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s personality is a beacon of guidance owing to his unmatched character and extraordinary leading qualities, he added.
The PM further said that the resolve and undeterred will of the Quaid had infused the Muslims with firm determination and courage to face all the ordeals in the continuation of their struggle and in the way of achieving their great goal.