Islamabad : The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) in collaboration with Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) celebrated the birth day of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in a big way on Sunday.
The event started with ribbon cutting and cake cutting ceremony followed by a prestigious opening event. Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan was the chief guest on the occasion.
A special exhibition of artisans-at-work with master artisans in the field of weaving, doll making, mirror work and wood work was also part of the Quaid-e-Azam day celebrations.
Fifty art students from different FDE schools and colleges also took part in a painting contest on the topic ‘Humare Quaid’ and expressed their love to the great leader through their paintings.
Around one thousand youth and children along with their families and teachers participated in the celebrations and enjoyed the fabulous programs presented by Lok Virsa marking the occasion.
The opening ceremony presented live national songs including “Millat ka pasban hai Muhammad Ali Jinnah’, ‘Yun de humain azadi ke dunya hui hairan’, ‘Ah roohe Quaid’, ‘Shukria Pakistan’, ‘Ah watan ye aqidatain’ and ‘Kalam-e-Iqbal’ ‘Khudi ka sere nehan’.
In his address, Senator Mushahidullah Khan paid rich tributes to Quaid-e-Azam and other leaders of Pakistan movement for their untiring struggle and meritorious contribution in creation of Pakistan. He also shed light on the sacrifices made by the Muslims of the sub-continent before partition. He commended efforts of Lok Virsa in creating an environment of unity and integration among the entire nation through a cultural perspective and promoting the culture of Pakistan in such a beautiful and effective manner.