Karachi (Web Desk) A change of guard ceremony was held on Tuesday at the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah on his 142nd birthday.
Cadets of the Pakistan Military Academy took over guard duties, national TV reported.
According to Radio Pakistan, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Governor Imran Ismail will also visit the mausoleum to pay homage to the nation’s founder.
Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi also released special messages for the nation on the occasion. The president, in his statement, paid tribute to Jinnah’s efforts to create a separate homeland for Muslims “where they could spend their lives in accordance with their own custom and their traditions”. He urged the nation to “work tirelessly — individually as well as collectively — in the service of our great country, in line with the Quaid’s vision”.
“[Jinnah] steered the Muslims of sub-continent during the most tumultuous times and enabled them to withstand heavy odds and to achieve independence through a democratic struggle,” President Alvi said in his statement.
“Quaid-e-Azam’s vision and thoughts are as relevant today as they were seven decades ago… By the grace of Allah Almighty our country has embarked upon the path to progress and development as envisioned by Father of the Nation. Today, we are not only paying homage to the memory of our great leader but also reaffirm our faith in his teachings.”
He also asked the nation to vow that the “mistakes of past shall never be repeated”. “We all will work as one nation to transform vision of the Quaid into reality and take the country to its rightful place among the comity of nations.”
The prime minister, in his statement, congratulated the nation on the occasion. He said that the nation should “reflect as to how far we have succeeded in adhering to the path outlined by our leader” and “rededicate” itself to achieve live up to his vision.
The nation is observing Jinnah’s birthday with zeal and enthusiasm. Special ceremonies will be held by government departments, social organisations and academic institutions to commemorate the occasion.