ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Day was celebrated on Sunday across the country, Indian held Kashmir and Pakistan's diplomatic missions overseas.

In Pakistan, the nation celebrated the day with renewed pledge to make the country a modern Islamic welfare state as envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The day dawned with 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salute in provincial capitals.

Special prayers were held in mosques after Fajr prayers for the progress, prosperity and solidarity of the country. The national flag was hoisted on important public and private buildings across the country and all Pakistani missions abroad.

Television and radio stations broadcast special programmes while print media took out special supplements to highlight the significance of the day.

Seminars, poetry recitation events, exhibitions of photographs and documents relating to the Pakistan Movement, Qirat contests, debates and essay competitions were arranged in cities and towns.

A change-of-guard ceremony was held at the Mazar of Quaid-e-Azam in Karachi. Governor Sindh Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah visited the tomb of Quaid-e-Azam. They offered fateha and laid floral wreaths at the mazar. Cabinet members were accompanying the Chief Minister during the visit.

A change of guard ceremony was held at the Mazar of Allama Iqbal in Lahore also. A contingent of Pakistan Air Force took over the duties from Pakistan Rangers. In the capital city Islamabad, a dignified ceremony was held at the President House.

President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif besides the chiefs of the three armed forces were also present at the flag hoisting ceremony by the President on this occasion.

The President also reviewed Pakistan Day Parade that followed an investiture ceremony in which the President conferred awards on prominent personalities from various walks of life.

In their separate messages on the occasion, the President and Prime Minister have urged the nation to reiterate its pledge towards ideals that led to creation of Pakistan. 

They said, "We should sincerely follow the principles of unity, faith and discipline as a guiding force to face all the challenges."

President Mamnoon said that they should always hold high the banners of democracy, constitutionalism and rule of law through which this state was created.   

The Prime Minister said, Pakistan is passing through a critical stage but the resilient nation has braved the daunting challenges with unity.  

He also said, the sacrifices laid down by the founding fathers of the country demand that every effort should be made for achieving the objectives of Quaid-e-Azam's vision.

Leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) as well as other pro-Pakistan Kashmiri leaders including Chairman, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Shafi Reshi, and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza in their separate messages offered heartiest greetings to the government and people of Pakistan.

President Mamnoon also conferred the national awards (civil) on 30 individuals including five foreigners, at the investiture ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr Islamabad.

The Governor of Punjab also decorated 20 recipients of National Awards (Civil) at a ceremony in Lahore.

Twelve recipients of National Awards (Civil) were conferred by the Governor Sindh at a ceremony in Karachi.

In Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor awarded nine recipients.

Five nominated individuals received their National Awards (Civil) from Governor Balochistan in a ceremony in Quetta.

The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee would decorate 25 recipients of National Awards (Civil) tomorrow in Rawalpindi.

Pakistan Day function at

Cathedral:

Cathedral School, Gulshan Ravi organised a function in connection with Pakistan Day on Sunday.

The function featured a number of programes including quiz competition, debate and speeches on the Pakistan Movement.

On the occasion, Cathedral School, Gulshan Ravi Principal Shugufta Khan said Pakistan would emerge a prosperous nation soon. She said the youth should come forward with the pledge to make the country a model.