Quaid’s death anniversary observed

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KARACHI: Pakistani nation on Tuesday observed 71st death anniversary of founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah with due solemnity and reverence.
National flag was hoisted at all public and private buildings to pay tribute to the greatest leader.
Recitation of Quran and fateha was held for the Quaid while people from different walks of life visited the mausoleum to lay floral wreath on the grave.
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah visited Quaid-i-Azam’s Mausoleum, offered prayers and laid a floral wreath on his grave.
To mark the day, many ceremonies, seminar, conferences, and programmes had been organised across the country. Born on December 25, 1876, in Wazir Mansion in Karachi, Jinnah went on to become a lawyer, a politician and, eventually, the founder of Pakistan.
Earlier in his political career, he had joined the Indian National Congress with the hopes of ensuring Hindu-Muslim unity. However, he is said to have become disillusioned with the steps taken by Congress, which he left. Jinnah then became a leader of the All India Muslim League and sought a separate state for the Muslims of the sub-continent. His constant efforts bore fruit, and Pakistan achieved independence on August 14, 1947.
In one of his most iconic speeches to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan in 1947, Jinnah remarked: “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the State.” Quaid-i-Azam breathed his last on September 11, 1948, after losing a battle to tuberculosis. Jinnah’s life gives us a message of courage, perseverance and hard work. He dared to dream and worked hard to make it a reality.
The death anniversary of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was observed with solemnity at Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi on Tuesday. The officers and staff of the High Commission offered Quran Khawani for Eesal-e-Sawab of the father of the nation.
Rich tributes were paid to the vision, farsightedness and unflinching resolve of the Quaid-i-Azam, which culminated in the successful struggle for freedom and creation of Pakistan as an independent and sovereign state. High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood said the Quaid-i-Azam’s principles and vision served as the guiding lights for the grateful nation.
Twitterati tweeted out words of respect for the departed Father of the Nation and remembered his dedication and struggles to provide Muslims of the subcontinent a free land. – NNI