Change of Guard cer­e­monies held at Mazar-e-Quaid, Mazar-e-Iqbal

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Im­pres­sive change of guards cer­e­monies were held at mau­soleums of Al­lama Muham­mad Iqbal and Quaid-eAzam Muham­mad Ali Jin­nah on Fri­day morn­ing. Flo­ral wreaths were laid at the graves of both the na­tional lead­ers.

In La­hore, Pak­istan Army 2-Baloch Reg­i­ment took over the charge from Punjab Rangers. And a smartly turned­out con­tin­gent of Pak­istan Navy Cadets as­sumed guard duty at Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi.

Punjab Chief Min­is­ter, Muham­mad Shah­baz Sharif vis­ited Mazar e Iqbal in La­hore to­day and laid flo­ral wreath on grave of na­tional poet. In an ad­dress, the CM said that the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship of the coun­try is remembering to­day the sac­ri­fices of na­tion s an­ces­tors.

In Karachi, Chief Min­is­ter ( CM) Qaim Ali Shah and Gover­nor Dr Ishratul Ibad laid wreath at Mazaar-eQuaid as a thank­ing ges­ture for an in­de­pen­dent coun­try. The CM and the Gover­nor were ac­com­pa­nied by dif­fer­ent pro­vin­cial min­is­ters.

Speak­ing to the media af­ter vis­it­ing the mau­soleum of Quaid-e-Azam Mo­ham­mad Ali Jin­nah in Karachi, the chief min­is­ter said that the Sindh gov- ern­ment will not ac­cept res­ig­na­tions by the MQM's pro­vin­cial law­mak­ers as long as the fed­eral gov­ern­ment does not ac­cept them. "The MQM should re­spect its man­date for the sake of democ­racy and re­turn to the assem­bly," he said.

The MQM re­signed from all its seats in the Se­nate, Na­tional Assem­bly and Sindh Assem­bly on Wed­nes­day in protest against what they de­scribe as a cam­paign of vic­tim­iza­tion against them in the on­go­ing op­er­a­tion in Karachi.

The party, which dom­i­nates pol­i­tics in Pak­istan's largest city Karachi, says it has been un­fairly tar­geted in the po­lice and paramil­i­tary crack­down on vi­o­lence in the city, the Sindh pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal.

Ear­lier, Pak­istan Navy's fresh pack ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as guards of the mau­soleum. Naval Academy Com­man­dant, Com­modore Fawad Ameen Baig was the chief guest of the cer­e­mony. Pak­istan Naval Col­lege Manora's at least 48 cadets and another 48 sailors paid salute to the Com­man­dant. Fawad Ameed laid wreath and of­fered fateha at founder's tomb. Later on, Pak­istan Peo­ple's Party (PPP) chair­man Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari paid a visit to Mazar-e-Quaid and of­fered fateha.

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