ISLAMABAD (Online) – The nation is celebrating Pakistan Day today (Tuesday) with a renewed pledge to make the country a strong, progressive and prosperous Islamic welfare state. Meanwhile, on the directive of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, the joint services parade of 23rd March, commonly known as Pakistan Day Parade, will not be held due to current security situation in the country. The day will dawn with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salute in the provincial capitals. Special prayers will be held for the country’s progress, strength and solidarity. The national flag will be hoisted on important public and private buildings throughout the country and all Pakistani missions abroad. The day is a general public holiday, as people from all walks of life will take part in different programmes to mark the occasion befittingly. Seminars and functions will be organised to pay homage to the Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and poet philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Speakers will highlight sacrifices rendered by the people for the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims. President Asif Ali Zardari will confer awards on outstanding civil and military personalities in recognition of their meritorious services at an investiture ceremony. Newspapers will bring out supplements to underscore the significance of the day and the ideals of Quaid-i-Azam, under whose leadership Muslims passed Pakistan Resolution in Lahore on March 23, 1940, a momentous milestone in the history of Pakistan movement. On this day in 1940, the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent had pledged to create an independent homeland, where they could live in accordance with their religious and cultural values. The radio and TV channels will also air special programmes.
Thanksgiving prayers will be offered in all places of worship. Boy scouts, girl guides and students will hold rallies while cinema houses will exhibit relevant documentary films to school...
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