Pakistan Day celebrated with enthusiasm

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Governor confers civil awards

City Reporter

Karachi—As elsewhere, the Pakistan Day was celebrated with traditional fervour and enthusiasm in Karachi Wednesday. The day began in the metropolis with a 21-gun salute. Special prayers were offered for the progress and prosperity of the country.
Sindh Governor, Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, and members of the provincial cabinet visited the Mazar of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, to pay homage to the Founder of Pakistan.
They laid floral wreaths, offered Fathea and also inked their remarks in the visitors’ book on the occasion. People from various walks of lives also visited the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam to lay floral wreaths and offer Fateha.
A number of organizations organized various programmes in connection with the Pakistan Day to commemorate the adoption of the Lahore resolution of 1940.
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan Wednesday conferred civil awards awards announced by the federal government on to 12 personalities here at the Governor House.
The recipients of Sitara-i-Imtiaz were Prof Hamid Khan (Medicine), Prof Sahar Ansari (Literature), Dr Muhammad Uzair (Education).
Dr Muhammad Mubarak (Agriculture), Dr Alia Bano Munshi (Marine Chemistry), Gulab Chandio (Acting), Munir Ahmed Balhar (Education and Scouting), Javed Soomro (Journalism), Muhammad Muazam Ali (Fine Art), Mumtaz Ali Lashari (Clasical Music) were also conferred with medals in recognition of their services.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Advisor Aquaf Abdul Qayoom Soomro, Commander Karachi Rear Admiral Farrukh Ahmed, Director Genral Rangers Sindh Major Gen. Bilal Akber were among those who attended the ceremony.
A Pak Navy statement said that the day dawned with Gun Salutes and special prayers in all Naval mosques were offered for solidarity and integrity of the country.
Pakistan Navy Ships and Establishments were also illuminated and Commanding officers of all units and establishments addressed special gatherings of officers and men and highlighted significance of the day.
The major event of the day was Joint Services Pakistan Day Parade, which was held at Shakarparian Islamabad. Smartly clad and agile contingent of Pakistan Navy including lady officers, Female Medical Technicians (FMTs) and Special Services Group Sky Diving Team were part of the parade.
In addition, Pakistan Navy aircraft P3C Orion and Z9EC helicopters also flew past in this impressive parade.
Captain Adnan PN led P3Cs formation fly past. P3Cs-Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, known as “Flying Destroyers” are fitted with Anti-Surface Missiles, Anti-Submarine Torpedoes, Depth Charges, Bombs, and Mines.
Proudly known as “STINGRAY”, Pakistan Navy Z9EC helicopters are equipped with state of art Radar & Dipping Sonar and armed with torpedoes and depth charges; and designed to hunt enemy submarines.
Led by Cdr Kashif Raza PN, Special Services Group (Navy)SSG(N) was also part of Tri Services Sky Diving Team.

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