Dawood Ahmed, Manan Mandokhail, News Desk:
ISLAMABAD, QUETTA: The nation is celebrating Pakistan Day with Pak Army on displaying its full might during the annual military parade in Islamabad, the federal capital on Wednesday. Envoys and dignitaries of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) are also attending the mega historic event as guests of honor.
The day commemorates the passage of the historic Lahore Resolution which was signed on March 23 in 1940, under which Muslims of the sub-continent aimed for a separate homeland for themselves.
For the first time in the history of the country, Balochistan’s Levies Force has also participated in the 23rd March parade. “This is a matter of pride for the province”, Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Quddus Bizenjo said.
Programs in connection with the 23rd March have been organized in Quetta, Chaman, Pishin, Gwadar, Khuzdar, Turbat, and other district headquarters of the province. Rallies were also taken out in all parts of the province to mark the day.
President Dr. Arif Alvi
President Arif Alvi, in his address on the occasion, said Pakistan was a responsible atomic power that desired peace with all countries. He also stated that the country would “never compromise on its security and sovereignty” and would give a fitting response to any aggression.
Highlighting extremism and the spread of fake news, the president said it was a big challenge facing society and called upon teachers, parents and scholars to play their part in resolving these issues.
PM Imran Khan
“Today, we pay tribute to the Father of the Nation and all the leaders of the Freedom Movement who struggled for uniting the nation through their unparalleled sacrifices. It is important for our youth to note that Pakistan came into being through a long democratic struggle and now the key to its stability and development also lies in hard work, honesty and morality.”
“While commemorating this day, we need to adhere to the principles of unity, faith and discipline given by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and rededicate ourselves to develop Pakistan as a truly democratic welfare state on the model of Riyasat-e-Madina.”