LAHORE: The Pakistan Day was celebrated with national zeal and fervour across the city on Sunday through various events, recalling the memories of Pakistan Resolution and making new commitment to make realise the dream of the Freedom Movement leaders. Special prayers were offered for peace and prosperity of the country.
The day started with 21-gun salute at dawn in Defence Phase-8. National flags were hoisted atop principal public and private buildings throughout the city as well as at various other places.
A smartly turned out contingent of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) took over the guard duties from Satluj Rangers at the mausoleum of Allama Mohammad Iqbal. Air Vice Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan was the chief guest on the occasion.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also visited the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal and laid a wreath, besides offering fateha. Recording his impression in the visitors’ book, the chief minister paid rich tributes to the Poet of the East.
Later, talking to media, the chief minister said that Pakistan was facing a number of problems and challenges; however, they could be overcome by acting upon the ideas of Allama Iqbal.
He said that Pakistan would be steered out of the problems under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and day was not far when the country would regain its lost status in the comity of nations.
Shahbaz said that every effort of the government was aimed at progress and prosperity of the people. He said that a separate country was created for the Muslims of the Subcontinent as a result of the historic resolution approved by the forefathers of the nation on March 23, 1940. “It is unfortunate that the goals of creation of the country have still not been achieved.” He said that it was his commitment to the people on Pakistan Day that the problems being faced by the country would be solved.
Separately, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran addressing the participants of a rally said that Pakistan would cope with all the difficulties and emerge as a powerful and prosperous country in the next 10 years.
Dr Kamran said that the youth of Pakistan would put the country on the road to progress. He said that instead of announcing a holiday, March 23 must be celebrated at all the offices and institutions.
Meanwhile, the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies organised a national song and debate competition in connection with the Pakistan Day.
The PU Institute of Communication Studies celebrated the day by organising a colourful ceremony. Later, a rally was also organised from the ICS to the Social Sciences Department.
The speakers on the occasion highlighted the historical perspective of the Pakistan Resolution.
On this occasion, every student made a resolution to contribute his/her part for the prosperity of Pakistan during studies and after their graduation.
Also on Sunday, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, in an impressive ceremony held at the Governor’s House to mark the Pakistan Day, conferred civil awards on 20 personalities owing to their remarkable services in various fields.
Those who were conferred awards had rendered remarkable services in the field of education, health, journalism, science, art and literature. The governor awarded 3 Sitara-e-Imtiaz to Gujrat University VC Muhammad Nizamud Din, prominent journalist Ashiq Chaudhry, and poet/writer late Shahzad Ahmad, whose award was received by his widow.
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