Nation celebrates Pakistan Day with zeal, fervor to ensure progress, prosperity
PM, president designate 23rd March to renew commitment to principles of justice
Islamabad: Nation is celebrated Pakistan Day today with a commitment to ensure progress, prosperity and a strong defense of the country.
The day is observed to commemorate the passage of historic Lahore Resolution on 23rd March in 1940, under which Muslims of the sub-continent set the agenda of a separate homeland for themselves.
The day dawned with thirty-one-gun salute in the federal capital and twenty-one-gun salute in provincial capitals.
Special prayers were offered in mosques after Fajar prayers for progress and prosperity of the country.
The spectacular and colorful Pakistan Day Military parade was held at Parade Avenue in Islamabad today with three wings of the armed forces displaying their professionalism and military prowess.
The impressive ceremony kicked off with the fly past of fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy led by Air Chief Zaheer Ahmad Babar presenting salute to the chief guest President Dr. Arif Alvi.
Formations of fighter jets including J-10C, F-16, Mirage and P-3C participated in the fly past.
Contingents of Pakistan Army, Navy, Pakistan Air Force, Special Services Groups, Frontier Corps, Rangers, Islamabad police marched past the dais presenting salute to the chief guest.
Participants of the OIC-CFM including Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi were special guests of the Pakistan Day parade.
Theme of this year Pakistan Day is “Shaad Rahy Pakistan”.President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan, in their separate messages on the occasion of Pakistan Day, have said the day is not far away when Pakistan would become an economically strong and prosperous country.
In his message, the President said the demand of a separate homeland for Muslims of the sub-continent has proved to be politically correct over time.
He said human rights violations in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and persecution of minorities in India are sufficient grounds to believe that the Muslim leadership of that time had clearly visualised what was in store for the Muslims if they remained at the mercy of Hindu majority in undivided India.
In his message, the Prime Minister stressed the need to adhere to the principles of Unity, Faith and Discipline given by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and to rededicate ourselves to development of Pakistan as a truly democratic welfare State on the model of Riyasat-e-Madina.
He said the incumbent government has brought in long-term reforms and initiatives to alleviate poverty and promote justice.
The Prime Minister said the government’s focus remains on the marginalized segments of the society to provide them equal opportunities.
Minister for Interior, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed says the dream of founders of Pakistan for an Islamic and welfare state would certainly materialize.
In his special message on Pakistan Day, Interior Minister while congratulating the entire nation said March 23, 1940 was a key day in foundation of Pakistan. Seventy-five years ago, the Lahore resolution became basis for the creation of Pakistan.
He said creation of Pakistan was based on a great philosophy and a mission. He said with an independent foreign policy and a strong economy, Pakistan is striding towards a great Islamic and welfare state.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhary Fawad Hussain says Pakistan’s economy is growing and we need to renew our commitment to make Pakistan a great nation following the footsteps of our elders.
In his message on Pakistan Day, he said convening of the 48th meeting of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad on the occasion of its 75th anniversary this year is a clear demonstration of Pakistan’s key role in the Muslim world.
Praying for the progress and prosperity of the country, he said the secret of Pakistan’s development and stability lies in democracy.
In a tweet today, Minister of state for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib said purpose of establishing Pakistan was to make an Islamic democratic and welfare state and Prime Minister Imran Khan is pursuing the agenda of making Pakistan a welfare state on the pattern of Madina & strong defence of country