Nation celebrates birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah today

The nation is celebrating 142nd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah today, with renewed commitment to work hard for realization of the ideals he envisioned for Pakistan. It is a public holiday today and national flag is being hoisted at all public and private buildings.

A number of events, including seminars, debates and exhibitions, are being planned both at official and civil society levels to highlight life, achievements and different aspects of the personality of the Quaid.

Quaid-e-Azam day is celebrated on the 25 of December. It commemorates the birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who was a notable politician, founder of Pakistan and Pakistan’s first Governor General. The day may be known as ‘Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam’, Quaid-e-Azam meaning Great Leader.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born on 25 December 1876 in Karachi, which was still part of British-controlled India at that time. After studying in Bombay and London, Jinnah became a lawyer in Bombay. in 1913, he joined the Muslim League, which had been formed to stand up for the rights of Indian Muslims and he became its president in 1916.

Jinnah believed that Muslim-Hindu unity in India was possible, but over the years the relationship between the Hindu and Muslim communities had deteriorated to such a point that he reluctantly accepted that the best way to protect the rights of Indian -uslims was through partition. In 1940, he first suggested the idea of the partition of India to create Pakistan and led negotiations with the British government. This resulted in the partition of India and the creation of the state of Pakistan on 14 August 1947.

On Pakistan Day, wreaths are laid at his mausoleum in Karachi to commemorate his role in the founding of Pakistan.