Pakistan Day observed
KARACHI: Pakistan Day was observed here as elsewhere in the country with a renewed resolve to rid the homeland of the menace of terrorism and extremism.
The day dawned with a 21-gun salute and offering of special prayers in mosques for the progress, prosperity and integrity of Pakistan.
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali, accompanied by cabinet ministers, advisers and special assistants, visited the Mazar of the Quaid-i-Azam on Tuesday morning to pay homage to the Quaid. They laid wreaths at the mazar and offered Fateha and later recorded their impressions in the visitors’ book.Deputy Director-General of Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) Brig Zafar Iqbal and City Government Administrator Fazlur Rehman also visited the Mazar, laid wreaths and offered Fateha.
Leaders of various political parties also visited the Quaid’s mausoleum to pay home to the founder of Pakistan.
After the dignitaries had left, the gates of the Quaid’s mausoleum were flung open and thousands of people from all walks of life and every corner of the city rushed in to pay homage to the great leader.
On the occasion, peace rallies were also taken out from the mausoleum which were largely attended by people from all walks of life. Students, who took part in some rallies, pledged to make the country a peaceful place to live in.
A number of political and social organisations arranged seminars and symposiums, where speakers highlighted the objectives of the Pakistan Movement, which culminated in the creation of Pakistan.
The day was a closed holiday. Newspapers published special editions highlighting the significance of the day. TV channels presented special programmes to mark the occasion.
Strict security arrangements were made to ward off any untoward incident.