Published in Pakistan Observer
ISLAMABAD: Pakistanis recalled the revolutionary struggle of the father of nation and Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan on 134th birth anniversary of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on 25 December.
Students of Islamabad and Rawalpindi paid tribute to the father of the nation through performing and visual arts at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) on Saturday. The event including a number of lively activities was organized by PNCA with Ministry of Culture to renew the pledge to follow Quaid’s guiding principle of Unity, Faith and Disciple, in order to promote prosperity, peace and harmony in the country.
A huge number students, teachers and parents attended the day-long event in which children from different schools of Rawalpindi and Islamabad participated. The activities included national songs, folk dances, traditional acts, speeches, skits and tableau. A painting competition was also held in which the students paid homage to Quaid through artwork highlighting the different phases of life of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Meanwhile a puppet show was arranged to highlight the life and struggle of Quaid-e-Azam.
Quaid-e-Azam’s message to the students that “you must devote yourself whole-heartedly to your studies, for that is your first obligation to yourselves, your parents and to the State.You must learn to obey for only then you can learn to command” was also remembered at the occasion which was delivered by Quaid at Islamic College, Peshawar on 12th April, 1948.
Tauqir Nasir, PNCA Dir. Gen. recalling the key quote of Quaid-eAzam ‘Unity, faith and Discipline’ said that “through practical implementations of the teachings of Quaid in our daily lives, we can make Pakistan a prosperous country.” While addressing the students, he said that children are the asset of Pakistan and they should be well acquainted with cultural heritage of Pakistan.
A film titled ‘Jinnah’ was also showed at the occasion to remember the struggles of Quaid-e-Azam, the man who stood against all odds to realize the dream of a separate homeland for Muslims. The film inspired the young children with the message and ideology of the father of nation. The film was followed by a special play titled ‘chiragh’ directed by Arshad Minhas, which emphasized on the struggle against terrorism.