ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Day (March 23) was celebrated throughout the country on Sunday with traditional fervour to commemorate the Lahore Resolution of 1940.
Special prayers were offered for the security and prosperity of the country at all places of worship. The day dawned with a 31-gun salute in Rawalpindi and 21-gun salute in all the provincial capitals. President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended a ceremony at the Presidency to mark the day. The two leaders hoisted the national flag at the Presidency followed by national anthem and patriotic songs sung by children.
Senate Chairman Nayyer Hussain Bukhari, National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, members of the federal cabinet, chiefs of armed forces and a large number of diplomats were present at the event. A fleet of 12 fighter jets and nine helicopters from the Pakistan Air Force led by Wing Commander Ronald Afzal performed an eye-catching and fantastic fly-past over the Presidency. Later, an investiture ceremony was held at the Presidency, in which President Mamnoon Hussain conferred awards on prominent personalities from various walks of life.
Investiture ceremonies were also held in the provinces, while governors and chief ministers held receptions in the provincial capitals. Chinese President Xi Jinping warmly felicitated President Mamnoon Hussain on the auspicious occasion. Pakistan’s flag was hoisted atop principal public and private buildings across the country. Flags were also hoisted on all Pakistani missions abroad during ceremonies attended by members of the Pakistani community. Messages of the president and prime minister were read out to the nation on the occasion.
Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah along with provincial ministers and legislators laid wreaths at the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah to pay homage to the Founder of the Nation. Pakistan Day was celebrated at all Pakistan Air Force bases and installations. All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other leaders felicitated the government and the people of Pakistan. In Multan, the Pakistan Army held an exhibition of weapons of various kinds.
Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and students took out rallies and documentary films were shown to the schoolchildren and the public at large in all cinema houses. Television and radio stations broadcast special programmes and newspapers took out special supplements to highlight significance of the day. Seminars, poetry recitation events, exhibitions of photographs and documents relating to the Pakistan Movement were held in cities and towns across the country.
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