Importance of 23rd March in Pakistani History
23rd March holds a great deal of importance in Pakistan and is a public holiday. This date is important for two reasons, firstly it was the day the Lahore resolution was passed in 1940, in which the idea of Pakistan was developed without it actually having a name, the name Pakistan cam later. Secondly it was on this day in 1956 that Pakistan adopted its own constitution and a transition of the Dominion of Pakistan to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was made, making Pakistan the world’s first Islamic republic. In Pakistan the day is celebrated with a parade by the armed forces.
The Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore, which you are able to see as part of the city tour, is of great importance in history because it was here in 1940 that the Muslim League, led by Muhammed Ali Jinnah, called for establishing an independent federation which would be made up of Muslim majority provinces in the North Western and North Eastern region of British controlled territories in India (excluding autonomous princely states.
This day is celebrated by Pakistan communities all over the world as a remembrance of all the sacrifices made by our forefathers and their families in the creation of Pakistan. The Pakistan High Commission celebrated this event and invited several British dignitaries from the Foreign Office as well as figure heads from several embassies such as the American, Chinese and Japanese embassy, to join in. The British Foreign Office spoke of the strong ties and relations between Britain and Pakistan and how it was looking forward to working with and promoting Pakistan over the coming year.
The video shared in this blog is of a news report covering the event.
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