Pakistan Resolution Day

Children are carrying National Flag to celebrate Pakistan Day.
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23rd of March each year, celebrated as Pakistan Resolution Day, stands as a beacon of unity, faith, and discipline in the history of Pakistan. This day commemorates the adoption of the Lahore Resolution in 1940 by the All-India Muslim League, a landmark event that paved the way for the creation of Pakistan sever years later. More than just a historical milestone, Pakistan Resolution Day is a testament to the collective aspirations and struggles of a nation striving for progress and cohesion.

Lahore Resolution, passed at Iqbal Park (Manto Park then) under the existing Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore, was a formal declaration calling for greater Muslim autonomy in British India. It marked a turning point in the quest for an independent Muslim state, ultimately leading to the establishment of Pakistan in 1947. The day serves as a reminder of the visionary leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Quaid-e-Azam), who envisioned a nation, where Muslims could freely practice their faith and uphold their cultural and social values.

Pakistanis celebrate the 23rd of March with pride and reflection. The national flag is hoisted high above homes, landmarks, and public buildings, symbolizing the unity and identity of the nation. Schools, institutions, and communities host various activities and seminars to honor the sacrifices and historical journey of our founding fathers, reigniting patriotism and reaffirming commitment to the country’s principles and beliefs.

The observance of Resolution Day is deeply intertwined with the collective memory of the nation’s founding moments. It serves as an educational opportunity for the younger generation, enlightening them about the struggles and sacrifices of their forefathers. This day also prompts reflection on the achievements made since independence and the challenges that lie ahead, showcasing Pakistan’s cultural richness and resilience.

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State institutions play a crucial role in realizing the vision of the Quaid and the founding fathers. These institutions serve as the bedrock of the nation’s structure, contributing to national unity, justice, and socio-economic progress. On Resolution Day, the role of governmental institutions in nation-building is also acknowledged and revered.

Law enforcement agencies (LEAs), including the Police, Civil Armed Forces, and Military, play a pivotal role in safeguarding the country’s integrity and tranquility. They embody the spirit of sacrifice and perseverance envisioned by the Quaid. Their efforts in averting threats, ensuring public safety, and maintaining law and order are commendable. Resolution Day serves as an occasion to commemorate the courage and sacrifices of our heroes, underscoring their indispensable role in preserving a safe and secure Pakistan.

Resolution Day serves as a poignant reminder of our identity, rights, and responsibilities to the nation. It underscores the strength derived from unity and the imperative of safeguarding sovereignty and integrity. This day emphasizes the significance of unity, tolerance, and mutual respect among Pakistan’s diverse cultures and communities, urging us to remember our past, reflect on the present, and envision our future with hope and determination.

This year’s Resolution Day holds particular significance as Pakistan grapples with political divisions and societal tensions. The current discourse underscores the critical need for unity and reconciliation. The day serves as a timely reminder that, despite differences, the vision of a thriving Pakistan must remain a shared objective. It is imperative to set aside divisions and work collectively for the nation’s peace, progress, and stability. The spirit of the Lahore Resolution, emphasizes mutual understanding and shared action and is crucial in addressing today’s challenges.

Pakistan’s Resolution Day is not merely a historical commemoration; it is a living legacy that guides and inspires the nation. It is a day to reflect on past achievements and failures, envisioning a future aligned with the goals of our founders. This day reaffirms Pakistan’s commitment to upholding democratic, just, and equitable principles, ensuring that the country continues to strive as a beacon of peace and prosperity. As we confront challenges, let the spirit of this day remind us of our shared destiny and the collaborative effort needed to realize the vision of our Quaid.

The opinions shared in this article reflect the author’s personal views and do not necessarily align with the institution’s official stance.

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Sehr Rushmeen, an Islamabad based freelance researcher, did her MPhil from National Defence University (NDU) in Strategic Studies, and her BSc from University of London (UOL) in International Relations. Her area of research interest is Strategic Nuclear Studies, Artificial Intelligence in Warfare, South China Sea and South Asian Politics. She tweets as @rushmeentweets and can be reached on sehrrushmeenwrites@gmail.com.

Sehr Rushmeen

Sehr Rushmeen, an Islamabad based freelance researcher, did her MPhil from National Defence University (NDU) in Strategic Studies, and her BSc from University of London (UOL) in International Relations. Her area of research interest is Strategic Nuclear Studies, Artificial Intelligence in Warfare, South China Sea and South Asian Politics. She tweets as @rushmeentweets and can be reached on sehrrushmeenwrites@gmail.com.

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