The government has officially announced that 25th December 2023 will be a public holiday commemorating the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the nation’s founder. This coincides with the Christmas celebrations of Christians in Pakistan. Per the Cabinet Division’s statement, the day will witness dual festivities, with official events and ceremonies held nationwide to honor Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah’s life, political contributions, and pivotal role in shaping present-day Pakistan. The celebrations are anticipated to include school processions, marches, scouting rallies, and dedicated TV and radio programs highlighting his enduring legacy.
Dual Celebrations in Karachi: Christmas and Quaid-e-Azam’s Birthday:
Simultaneously, Christmas festivities will be enjoyed by Christians and the general populace alike. Iconic landmarks such as Mazar Quaid, the Quaid-e-Azam Museum, and the Flagstaff House in Karachi will be illuminated to pay tribute to both occasions. The announcement of this public holiday follows the release of the official list of public holidays for 2023 by the Cabinet Division earlier this year.
Birth and Early Life of Muhammad Ali Jinnah:
Born on 25th December 1876 in Karachi, Pakistan, which was formerly a British-controlled region of India, Muhammad Ali Jinnah came from a family where his father was engaged in trade, and his mother was a homemaker. Jinnah, often referred to as Jinnah Bhai, began his formal education at the age of six at Sindh Madrasatul-Islam, now recognized as Sindh Madrasatul-Islam University.
Birth Date – 25th December 1876
Birth Place – Karachi, Pakistan
Died– 11th September 1948
Age – Died at 72
Father – Jinnahbhai Poonja
Mother – Mithibai
Siblings – seven (eldest among all)
Marital Status – Married: Emibai (first wife). Rattanbai (second wife)
Nationality – Pakistani
Occupation – Lawyer
Known for: Founder of Pakistan, First governor-general of Pakistan
Quaid-E-Azam As Governor General: Bold Leadership Amidst Challenges
Assuming the role of the first Governor-General of Pakistan on 15th August 1947, Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah faced many challenges in steering the nascent state. This added responsibility, akin to a bed of thorns, involved addressing pressing issues such as refugee rehabilitation, the predicament of princely states, agricultural development, the formulation of a new constitution, and financial strains. Despite failing health, Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah tackled these challenges with remarkable courage, leaving an indelible mark rarely paralleled in world history. His governance spanned a brief yet impactful one year, from 1947 to 1948.
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