PESHAWAR: The nation is celebrating 143rd birth anniversary of Founder of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah today (Tuesday) with traditional zeal and renewed commitment to work hard for progress and prosperity of the country.

Public holiday has been declared at all the government institutions and educational institutions and the national flag is hoisting atop all public and private buildings.

An impressive change of guard ceremony was held at Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi on Tuesday morning. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Military Academy Kakul assumed the guards’ duty from Pakistan Air Force. People from various walks of life are also visiting the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam to pay homage to the founder of Pakistan.

President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan in their messages on the occasion called for adhering to the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and following his guiding principles of unity, faith and discipline in our individual as well as collective lives.

They said Quaid-e-Azam united the discordant Muslims of the Sub-Continent, welded them into a nation and secured a separate and independent homeland for them where they could spend their lives in accordance with their own custom and their traditions. They said the Quaid steered the Muslims of Sub-Continent during the most tumultuous times and enabled them to withstand heavy odds and to achieve independence through a democratic struggle. They said Quaid-e-Azam’s vision and thoughts are as relevant today as they were seven decades ago.

The president and the PM said we should reiterate today that the mistakes of past shall never be repeated and we all will work as one nation to transform vision of the Quaid into reality and take the country to its rightful place among the comity of nations.

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