KARACHI: The 142nd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah is being celebrated across the country with traditional zeal and enthusiasm on Monday.
The day, a public holiday, dawned with a 21-gun salute in the provincial capitals, with the national flag hoisted at principal government buildings.
A change of guards ceremony took place at Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi earlier today. The cadets of Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul assumed the ceremonial guard duties at the mausoleum.
The Commandant of PMA Kakul, Maj. Gen. Akhtar Nawaz, was the chief guest at the ceremony. He also laid a floral wreath and offered fateha at Jinnah’s mausoleum.
The governor and chief minister of Sindh also visited the Mazar-e-Quaid, and laid floral wreaths and offered fateha. They were accompanied by representatives from all three Armed Forces of Pakistan and Deputy DG Rangers.
People from various walks of life would be visiting the mausoleum to pay tributes to the Founder of Pakistan on his birth anniversary.
Scores of organisations have arranged programmes to pay respects to Jinnah and highlight various aspects of his life, vision and leadership.