Pakistani female cadets on the security of (Mazar-e-Quaid) - tomb of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
ISLAMABAD: The 133rd birth anniversary of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was celebrated across the country on Friday with the pledge to make the country a true democratic and welfare state.
The day started with special prayers in mosques for prosperity and progress of the country.
The main function was held in Karachi where a smartly turned out contingent of cadets from Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul took over the guard duty at the Quaid’s mausoleum. This was followed by the laying of floral wreaths by representatives of the three armed services.
President Asif Ali Zardari visited the mazar, laid a floral wreath and paid homage to the Founder of Pakistan. The President was accompanied by Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan.
Later in the day, the mausoleum was opened for the public.
Political, cultural and social organisations held meetings and seminars to highlight the life and services of the Quaid. Declamation contests were held in various educational institutions.
All commercial and business centres and government and private offices remained closed.
The Quaid’s mausoleum, Quaid-i-Azam Museum (Wazir Mansion) and the Flagstaff House in Karachi were illuminated.
The Pakistan National Council of the Arts is celebrating the anniversary with a Quaid-i-Azam week.—APP