Lahore : Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif hoisted the national flag at the historic Alamgiri Gate of Lahore Fort. The national anthem was played on the occasion and special prayers were offered.
The Chief Minister also visited the mausoleum of National Poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal, laid a wreath at the grave and offered prayers for solidarity and prosperity of the country.
He offered special prayers for officers and soldiers of Pakistan Army, police officials and common citizens who had laid down their lives in the war against terrorism.
Shahbaz Sharif specially dressed in green shirt for the flag hoisting ceremony at the Lahore Fort which resembled green colour in the national flag.
He joined the scouts and students who were singing national songs. He showed special kindness to the children present on the occasion.
He paid tribute to the heroes of the Pakistan Movement. While talking to the media Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the aristocratic class has not played its due role. He said we should offer special prayers for the solidarity and progress of the country. He read out this couplet:
Sajdun Se Tare Kia Hova Sadian Guzar Gain
Dunya Tari Badal De Wo Sajda Talash Kar
The Chief Minister said Pakistan had come into the being to lead the Islamic world, but it did not happen. He said Pakistan can become a great country if we decide to work hard with honesty and determination. He read out these couplets:
Tamana Abro Ke Ha Agar Gulzar-E-Hasti Mein
Tu Kantu Mein Ulajh Kar Zindagi Karne Ke Khu Karle
Nahi Ye Shane Khuddari Chaman Se Tour Kar Tujhko
Koe Dastar Mein Rakhle Koe Zeeb-E-Gloo Karle