ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: As the nation celebrates the 146th birthday of Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that we must shun our differences based on cast, creed and faith and work in unison.
“It is a day to join together in the same spirit as our forefathers did during the Independence movement,” the prime minister said in his message on Quaid’s Day.
The prime minister said that today we celebrate the birthday of our great leader Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It is a matter of privilege for our generation and our children to have been born in an independent Pakistan that could not have been our destiny without the struggle of Quaid-e-Azam, he said.
Imran Khan said that Muhammad Ali Jinnah realized the importance of a separate homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent where all citizens could enjoy freedom of faith, occupation and equal opportunities.
The prime minister said that Quaid’s determination to unify a nation despite huge challenges and opposition was only possible due to his perseverance. Quaid-e-Azam had a firm faith in Almighty Allah and followed the principles of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that guided him through difficulties and challenges, Imran Khan said.
“On this day, I want to emphasize upon our youth that Jinnah’s attributes of honesty, hard work, perseverance and dedication to a bigger cause made him the great leader i.e. Quaid-e-Azam,” Imran Khan said.
The prime minister said that we as a nation need to adopt these attributes to realize Quaid’s vision of a developed, progressive and tolerant Pakistan.
The prime minister said that as per Quaid’s vision, our government is striving for a society free of corruption and a system that helps the poor and underprivileged citizens.
Imran Khan said that Pakistan is facing both internal and external challenges and the only solution to overcome these is to live by the Quaid’s ideals of Unity, Faith and Discipline.
“I pray to Almighty Allah that He grants us strength and unity to realize our destiny of becoming the strongest nation on earth as envisioned by our Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah,” he said.