The day dawned with special prayers for progress and prosperity of the country and with 31 gun salutes in the federal capital as well as 21 gun salutes in provincial capitals.

Governmental, political, cultural, social and other organisations have chalked out various programmes to mark the day in a befitting manner.

Pakistan flag will be hoisted on principal public and private buildings throughout the country and all Pakistanis missions abroad.

The people of Pakistan celebrate the 23rd of March, every year, with great zeal and enthusiasm, to commemorate the most outstanding achievement of the Muslims of South Asia who passed the historic ‘Pakistan Resolution’ on this day at Lahore in 1940.

Seventy-one years ago, on March 23, 1940, at Muslim League’s 27th session, under Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s dynamic leadership, Mr A.K. Fazl-ul-Haq moved a resolution and demanded a separate sovereign state for the Muslims in the North West and Eastern Zones of the sub-continent, where they were in majority.

The resolution was seconded by Ch. Khaliq-uz-Zaman and supported by several prominent leaders and members of the Muslim League party to transcribe the hopes and wishes of millions of Muslims into reality.
The ‘Pakistan Resolution’ paved the way for the creation of Pakistan in 1947 as a single state and provided the principles of a constitutional plan for partition of India. Muslims of India instead of seeking alliance with Hindus identified themselves with a ‘Two-Nation Theory’ which emphasized on the fact that Muslims and Hindus are two separate nations and both nations are quite different from each other.

The ‘Pakistan Resolution’ is believed to be the epitome of goal-orientation of untiring and unfailing struggle of Indian Muslims because it actualised the dreams of our founding fathers for an independent state for the Muslims of the sub-continent. It was the resolution, which made the Muslims of India discern their own identity and spelled out destination for them to a separate Muslim-state.
March 23rd is the most propitious occasion for introspection, for a reappraisal of national objectives, for revisiting the past, for recollecting the Quaid’s inspirational words, and for delineating the train of events that led to the creation of Pakistan.
The commemoration of the Day is an expression of the whole nation’s resolute determination to preserve her independence. So, let us make an effort to achieve the objective laid down by the Quaid in his broadcast to the nation in which he said that,
“Now is the time, chance, and opportunity for every Muslim to make his or her fullest and best contribution and make the greatest sacrifice and work ceaselessly in the service of our nation and the world.”