LAHORE - To pay homage to the national Poet Dr Allama Iqbal on his 137th birth anniversary, a change of guards ceremony was held by Pakistan Navy at Mazar-e-Iqbal in its traditional spirit on Sunday.

The smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy clad in ceremonial dresses assumed guard duties replacing Pakistan Rangers. While the contingent of Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Rangers formed up outside the Mazar and took positions alongside, both the outgoing and incoming guards were inspected by Station Commander (Navy) Lahore, Commodore SM Shahzad.

Marching to the band tunes, the Naval contingent took positions at the four corners of the Mazar. Simultaneously, Rangers were ceremoniously moved out by their officer-in-charge.

The ceremonial guard mounting followed by floral wreath laying at the Mazar of Allama Iqbal by Station Commander (Navy) on behalf of the Chief of the Naval Staff, officers & men of the Pakistan Navy.

Later, the station commander offered fateha and recorded his impression in the visitors book.

Both the ceremonies were witnessed by a large number of military, civil officials, schoolchildren and general public.