People around the world are celebrating Pakistan Day, today.
Pakistan Day is a public holiday celebrated annually on 23 March in Pakistan. It commemorates the Lahore Resolution of 1940, also known as the Pakistan Resolution, that eventually led to the creation of Pakistan.
The day is observed as a public holiday in Pakistan across federal and provincial government offices, banks, and private sectors. Businesses and shops are shut on this day in the country.
On 23 March 1940, the Lahore Resolution was passed which rejected the concept of a United India and proposed the creation of an independent state for Muslims, despite it not mentioning Pakistan by name at all.
The resolution paved the way for the creation of Pakistan on 14 August 1947, when Pakistan became the world’s first Islamic republic, which is celebrated on Independence Day.
To mark the resolution, the Minar-e-Pakistan, a national monument located in Lahore, was constructed between 1960 and 1968, on the site in Iqbal Park where the All-India Muslim League passed the Lahore Resolution.
In Pakistan, the day is celebrated with early morning military and civilian parades and gun salutes in Islamabad and provincial capitals.
The national flag is flown from all government buildings and departments. Several buildings, including the Lahore Railway Station, WAPDA House, and the Provincial Assembly building, are decorated with lights and colourful bunting to mark the national day.
Wreaths are also laid at the mausoleums of lawyer and founder of Pakistan, Muhammed Ali Jinnah, in Karachi, and of writer, philosopher, and politician, Muhammad Iqbal, in Lahore.
In Pakistan, the theme of this year’s Pakistan Day is Shad Rahe Pakistan (May Pakistan Be Happy) and the prayer theme is part of the national anthem Markaz e Yaqeen Shad Bad (blessed be the Citadel of Faith).
Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Beverley Mullaney said: “We have an important community with heritage from Pakistan in the District and we send our best wishes to them on Pakistan day.”
The media and PR wing of Pakistan’s Armed Forces, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has released a national song on the theme written and sung by lyricist and singer Shuja Haider, with vocalist Yashal Shahid.