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- Wednesday, December 26, 2007 - From Print Edition




A smartly turned-out contingent of the cadets from the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, mounted guards at the Mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah as a part of celebrations to mark the birthday of the Father of the Nation.


Major General Zahid Hussain Khan, Commandant Pakistan Military Academy, reviewed the parade before mounting of guard, laid floral wreath at the Mazar, presented salute and offered ‘Fateha’.


He said that it is worth mentioning that the first passing-out parade was held on December 25, 1948. It was reviewed by the then Governor General of Pakistan, Khawaja Nazimuddin. He presented the Quaid-i-Azam banner to the champion company.


The Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, has the singular honour of being the only military institution designated as ‘Quaid-i-Azam’s Own’ by the Father of the Nation himself. He was the first and the only Colonel-in-Chief of the Academy.


The guard mounting ceremony by PMA cadets is regular feature to pay homage to the Father of the Nation. Later, the representatives of the three services laid floral wreath and offered ‘Fateha’.


On the other hand the Director General of Pakistan Rangers Sindh, Maj Gen Liaqat Ali, visited the Mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam, laid floral wreath and offered ‘Fateha’ on the occasion of 131st birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation. He along with other Rangers’ officials presented the salute and also prayed for the progress and prosperity of the country as well as its people.