ISLAMABAD, March 22: Pakistan Day is being observed today (Thursday) with determination to strive harder for the country’s prosperity, stability and security. The day will dawn with 21-gun salute in the federal capital and 19- gun salute in provincial capitals. Prayers will be offered for the country’s progress and stability.
It is a public holiday today. National flag will be hoisted on major government buildings.
According to a decision taken after last year’s earthquake, the day will be observed with simplicity and the usual armed forces’ parade will not be held.
The major ceremony of the day will be held in President House where President Pervez Musharraf will confer awards upon top-ranking army and civil officials.
Wreaths will be laid on the graves of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal.
Ceremonies will be arranged in Pakistan’s embassies in foreign countries.
MESSAGES: In special messages for the day, President Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz called for national unity to meet challenges of the contemporary age.
They urged the people to play their role in putting the country on the path of progress and prosperity.
President Musharraf said: “Pakistan today is … moving on the path of progress and development. Reforms in all sectors have been successfully introduced and are being implemented. A new direction has been given to the nation’s destiny through enlightened moderation in the light of principles given by the founder of Pakistan.
Prime Minister Aziz said: “On this day, while we pay homage to Quaid-i-Azam, we must also remember the unprecedented sacrifices of our forefathers for a strong, progressive and forward looking independent Islamic welfare state, where they could build an enlightened, tolerant and moderate society.”—Agencies