Pakistan Day: Festivities have been postponed in light of COVID-19 coronavirus.
Pakistani nation celebrates Pakistan Day annually on 23rd March. Its celebration is in remembrance of Lahore resolution of March 23, 1940 and the official adoption of Pakistan’s first constitution.
According to a report published to a media outlet, all of 2020’s Pakistan Day’s festivities are “curtailed in light of the coronavirus outbreak”. Due to this, the nation celebrates Pakistan Day this year with simplicity and a pledge to fight against it amidst this outbreak. The report further added that,
“All public gatherings, including the much-anticipated military parade, are postponed as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of the virus”.
Though, Radio Pakistan and Pakistan TV will air special programmes. Along with this, newspapers will publish special issues on this occasion.
Message of the Leaders on Pakistan Day
On this occasion, Pakistani Leadership has advised the nation to exercise caution and remain in self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic. After all, there have already been 800+ cases of the virus in the country.
Prime Minister’s Address
Prime Minister, Imran Khan addressed the nation on Pakistan Day. He advised the nation to follow Quaid’s Golden Motto i.e. “Faith, Unity and Discipline.”
The Prime Minister said in the message;
“I am proud to say that the Pakistani nation has the capability to face any ordeal. While celebrating the Pakistan Day this year, we need unity, discipline and passion to face the catastrophe that has engulfed the whole world.”
While also addressing the Kashmir issue and saying that Pakistan will continue extending moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people, he requested the nation to take precautionary measures against the fast-spreading virus too. He advised them not to panic and assured them that he is personally monitoring the government’s measures against the pandemic.
He finished his address by saying;
“God willing, we will stand victorious in this test”.
President of Pakistan i.e. Dr. Arif Alvi also addressed the nation on this occasion. He paid homage to our founding national heroes like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal.
“Let us express our firm resolve to continue the legacy and heritage bequeathed to us by our founding fathers and by following in their footsteps to make our country a cradle of peace, progress and stability”.
The President also reiterated that Pakistan’s support to the Kashmiri people will continue to remain unshakable. In his message, he said;
“I assure the people of Jammu and Kashmir that Pakistan will stand shoulder to shoulder with them and will continue its moral, political and diplomatic support for their legitimate right of self-determination”.
Dr. Arif Alvi further added to the address by saying;
“We Pakistanis also need to stand united to fight this pandemic. It is the responsibility of all segments of society, including Ulema, media and political leaders to play their due role in educating the masses about the preventive measures against the virus.”
He finished off the address by applauding and paying respect to the doctors and health workers and remarked that they are the first line of defense against this fast spreading virus. “We also laud our Law Enforcement Agencies for their untiring services,” he added.
Bilawal Bhutto’s Message
PPP Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari remarked on this occasion that the leadership of the country needs to demonstrate the same spirit as the leadership showed when the resolution was passed. The PPP Chairman said; “PPP is the actual flagbearer of the ideology of Pakistan and Pakistan Resolution.” He further added that coronavirus is spreading rapidly in the country. Therefore, it is important that people take all the necessary precautionary measures against it.
Chief Ministers’ Address
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sindh, Murad Ali Shah addressed the nation on Pakistan Day on his twitter account. He said that the nation can demonstrate unity on this occasion by “staying apart”.
This Pakistan Day, let’s show our national unity by staying apart. Stay home and stay safe. And your nation will thank you for it. Happy Pakistan Day to all Pakistanis. May Allah make this time easier on us all. Pakistan Zindabad! 🇵🇰
— Murad Ali Shah (@MuradAliShahPPP) March 23, 2020
On the other hand, Punjab Chief Minister; Usman Buzdar, said on this occasion that;
“Solidarity and self-isolation are the need of the hour on this Pakistan Day.”
On this Pakistan Resolution Day, let us resolve to show our unity in a unique way… Let us stay home and protect ourselves, our loved ones and the nation!!
— Usman Buzdar (@UsmanAKBuzdar) March 23, 2020
DG ISPR’s message to the nation
DG ISPR informed the nation on this occasion of Pakistan Day that all the available troops of Pakistan’s Army, along with their medical resources, are going to assist the citizenry in this hour of need. He assured that Pakistan Army will serve and protect the nation as a “sacred duty.”
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) congratulated the nation on Pakistan Day. They also asked the nation to pledge to take all precautionary measures against the COVID-19 virus.
On the 80th anniversary of Pakistan Resolution Day, let us pledge to take all precautionary measures and beat COVID-19.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) March 23, 2020
Amidst this chaos involving the pandemic, the nation’s morale is still high. The nation is observing Pakistan Day in extreme simplicity amid lockdown in various cities to contain the spread of coronavirus. As per government sources, the virus has infected more than 800 people and claimed six lives so far. Thus, it is important that we follow upon the advise of our leaders and take care of ourselves.
Let us pledge on this occasion to take all the necessary measures to fight against this pandemic!