Nation to celebrate Pakistan Day
March 23rd was originally supposed to commemorate the Lahore Resolution of 1940, the declaration of Pakistan as a republic, which eventually led to the creation of Pakistan. The Lahore Resolution is considered a major milestone in the Muslim struggle for an independent state in undivided India. The day is become a public holiday in Pakistan to remember the Lahore Resolution on March 23 each year.
Past story of Pakistan Resolution Day
In 1941, Pakistan Resolution was supported by all major Muslim Leaders of the time and became part of the All-India Muslim League's constitution. In 1946, it formed the basis for the decision of All-India Muslim League (AIML) to struggle for one state for the Muslims. In a Muslim League general session March 22-March 24, 1940, Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah and other party leaders unanimously rejected the idea of united India, endorsed the Two-Nation Theory, and called for a separate Muslim homeland.
Muslims’ leaders, for example Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, worked tirelessly for the political, social and economic uplifting of Muslims that comprised of 25 to 30 % of the total population of British East India. In a Muslim League annual session in 1930, Dr. Muhammad Allama Iqbal, a poet and philosopher, put forward the ideal of Muslims being a separate nation. Iqbal is accredited for weaving the Two-Nation theory, an ideology that eventually made the creation of Pakistan possible.
Pakistan obtained its independence from the British Rule on 14th of August 1947. Nine years after Pakistan’s creation, the first constitution was implemented on March 23, 1956. 23rd of March was initially meant to celebrate the adoption of the country’s first constitution and its transformation as a republic. The constitution of 1956 was annulled by the military government of Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan in 1958.
Celebration of the Day
The day is celebrating as a national day all over the country with full devotion and patriotism. The celebrations regarding the national holiday, a joint military and civilian parade of Pakistan’s armed forces in the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad are held on. The parades are presided by the President of Pakistan and are held early in the morning. After the parade, the President confers national awards and medals on the awardees at the Presidency.
Wreaths are also laid at the mausoleums of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Public rallies are arranged all over the country, the ideology of Pakistan and the messages of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah is repeated. Special shows are also broadcast on T.V to evoke the importance of beloved homeland, Pakistan.
Symbols of remembrance
Minar-e-Pakistan is a tower in Iqbal Park in the city of Lahore, was built to venerate the Lahore Resolution. It is constructed at the site where the Lahore Resolution was passed.