Updated : Monday March 23 , 2009 9:51:43 AM
ISLAMABAD: The nation is celebrating Pakistan Day throughout the country today (Monday), reported ARY OneWorld.
To mark the day, general public holiday throughout Pakistan was announced and a 31-guns salute at sunrise at Rawalpindi and 21-guns salute at all the Provincial Capitals were honor the day; while Pakistani Flag was hoisted on principal public and private buildings throughout the country including Pakistan Missions abroad.
The day was dawn with special prayers for solidarity and integrity of Pakistan. Various programmes are being arranged to commemorate the most outstanding achievement of the Muslims of South Asia who passed the historic Pakistan Resolution at Lahore.
The events to be arranged on the day including rallies of Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and students and exhibition of documentary films for school children and the public.
Qirat contests, debates, essay competitions are also being organized all over the country and prizes will be awarded to winners.
Mushairas will also be held in major cities while sweets are being distributed at orphanages and Darul Amans throughout the country. All radio and TV stations are broadcasting special programmes on the day in which well-known workers of Tehrik-i-Pakistan will be invited to participate.
The Sindh Governor, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, along with the provincial cabinet laid floral wreath at the mausoleum of the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The representatives of the three services are also scheduled to lay floral wreaths at the Mazar of the Quaid.
A number of people from various walks of life are visiting the mausoleum to pay tributes to the Founder of Pakistan. Various organizations have chalked out programmes to mark this very occasion.
A special exhibition has been arranged at the National Museum of Pakistan here on March 23. The historical documents, letters and pamphlets related to the struggle of the Independence Movement are being put on display.
The exhibition is open for the public daily from 10 a.m. to five p.m. up to March 30 except Wednesday.
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. From March 22 to 24, 1940, the All India Muslim League held its annual session at Minto Park, Lahore which proved to be historical.
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