KARACHI: The 137th birth anniversary of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Christmas were celebrated with zeal and fervour across the country on Wednesday. Cadets from the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) undertook the ceremonial guard duty at the mausoleum of Father of the Nation in Karachi. It was a public holiday and national flag was hoisted on major government buildings. The day dawned with special prayers for the progress and prosperity of the country.
Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and representatives of three armed services laid wreaths at the mausoleum and offered fateha. People from various walks of life also visited the mausoleum to pay homage to the founder of Pakistan. Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television aired special programmes on the occasion while newspapers published special supplements. Social, political and literary organisations organised special ceremonies to celebrate the birthday of Quaid-i-Azam in all provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
During the ceremonies, speakers paid tributes to the founder of Pakistan besides highlighting his life, ideas and achievements which led to emergence of a separate homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent.
Meanwhile, the Christian community celebrated Christmas with traditional enthusiasm and religious fervour across the country. They planned various programmes, including cake cutting ceremonies, gatherings and musical events, to celebrate the festival in a befitting manner. Christmas services were held at different churches where members of the Christian community offered special prayers for the integrity, solidarity, peace and progress of the country.
“This day has great significance for us. We usually decorate our homes and start the day with prayers in the Church for welfare of the whole humanity and progress of the country,” said Samuel Gill, a government official.
“We visit our relatives and exchange gifts, cakes and greeting cards with them on the occasion,” he said.
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