Female/Male cadets mount guard duties on 130th Birth Anniversary of the Quaid
27 December, 2006
KARACHI: The 130th birth anniversary of the Founder of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was celebrated Monday with great enthusiasm and national spirit, with a change of guard ceremony held here at the Mazar-e-Quaid, when a smartly turned out contingent of the gentlemen/women cadets from the Pakistan Military Academy Kukul mounted on guard duties.
The day dawned with special prayers at mosques for the Quaid`s soul and progress and prosperity of Pakistan. Different educational, social, cultural and political organizations have organised various functions, seminars and declamation contests in all the districts and Tehsil headquarters of the province, in which, speakers will pay tribute to the leaders of Muslims of the subcontinent whose tireless efforts led to the creation of separate homeland Pakistan as an independent Muslim country.
Commandant Kakul Academy, Major General Nadeem Taj, as the guest of honour on this occasion, inspected the guard of honour, laid wreaths and, thereafter, the contingent of the gentlemen/women cadets from the Pakistan Military Academy took over the guard duties from the cadets of the Air Force.
Kakul Academy`s six gentlewomen cadets, who were also included among the guards assuming duties, made history in Pakistan being the first to have this honour.
Menawhile Presidnet Muhsrraf addressing on the occasion of 130th birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam at his mausoleum here said that Pakistan Military Academy Kakul is producing highly professional military officers.
Musharraf said that every Pakistani has equal rights and his government was treating minorities and women as equal citizens of the country like others in accordance with the Quaid`s principles.
He appreciated the inclusion of women cadets in Pakistan armed forces first time ever in the history of the country and said that they should make themselves tougher and strong according to the standards of Pakistan Army.
Musharraf said that more Sikhs would be recruited in the army in future.
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on this occasion said that Pakistan gaining prestige in the world community as a nuclear power. Pakistanis should play their due role in the country`s progress and should follow the Quaid`s principles which is the need of the hour, he added.
Earlier, President Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz laid floral wreath and offered fateha at the mazar of Quaid-i-Azam.