PESHAWAR: Like elsewhere in the country, the 136th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was celebrated on Tuesday with national spirit and enthusiasm in Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Fata.
The people renewed their pledge to strictly adhere to his golden principles of Unity, Faith and Discipline to make Pakistan a stronger, developed and democratic welfare-state.
National flag is being hoisted at all the government buildings in all major cities of Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Fata as mark of respect and to pay homage to the great leader. It was a public holiday.
The day dawned with special prayers in mosques for departed soul of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and prosperity, peace and development of Pakistan and liberation of muslims occupied territories. A number of political, social, cultural and educational organisations have organized different programmes to mark this momentous occasion in a befitting manner.
In this connection, a declamation contest was held here at Ahmed Public Schools and College, Tarru Jabba here where speakers paid glowing tributes to Father of the Nation.
Ehtesam Qaiser, a 10th grade student said Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a towering personality, who changed the course of history and geography of world through peaceful struggle.
He said Quaid-e-Azam stood for constitutionalism, rule of law, respect for human rights, and equality. He said Quaid-e-Azam's slogan of 'Unity, Faith and Discipline' had inspired the Muslims of the subcontinent to achieve a separate state for themselves in South Asia.
Shehryar Khan, a 9th class student said Quaid e Azam was a principled and farsighted statesman and even his opponents had acknowledged his flawless and exemplary character.
He was not only led the freedom struggle to its successful completion but also took practical steps to determine basic contours of polity. His thoughts and ideals are beacon of light for the nation till today, he added.
TV and Radio channels are presenting special programmes on the life, struggle and achievements of the Quaid-e-Azam, while the newspapers brought out special supplements to highlight this momentous day. Similarly, special functions were also held at all the agency headquarters of Fata where national songs and debate competitions among students held.
The speakers paid homage to Father of the Nation's constant and unbendable courage, which resulted the creation of Pakistan on world map on August 14, 1947.
They said Mr Jinnah desired that every citizen should have equal opportunities of education, health, progress, freedom, justice and fair play and it a high time to strictly follow his principles to address issues faced by the country's today.
The befitting way to pay tribute to Quaid-e- Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is to forge unity, work hard for progress and prosperity of the country.