Nation celebrates Quaid-e-Azam’s birthday


Birthday of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was marked Tuesday throughout the country with national zeal and fervor.
A change of guard ceremony held at the mausoleum of the Father of the Nation.
Cadets of the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul mounted the ceremonial guard at the Mazar-e-Quaid as representatives of all three armed forces offered fatiha at the grave of founder of Pakistan.
Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah along with the provincial cabinet laid floral wreaths at the Mazar-e-Quaid.
People from various walks of life visited the mausoleum to pay homage to the Father of the Nation. A number of organisations have chalked out programmes to mark the birth anniversary of the Founder of the Nation.
All commercial and business centres and government and private offices remained closed as the day was declared a public holiday.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born on December 25, 1876 in Karachi. He got his early education in Karachi and at the age of 16 he went to England for further studies.
It was due to his struggle that despite opposition from the Congress and British government, Muslims of sub continent managed to get their own homeland on August 14, 1947.
The Quaid was also the first governor general of Pakistan. His motto was Unity, Faith and Discipline. Jinnah died on September 11, 1948, just over a year after Pakistan gained independence from the British rule.