The nation celebrates Pakistan Day on Monday at homes in the face of outbreak of novel coronavirus. All kinds of public gatherings, including the military parade, have already been postponed as precautionary measures.
However, Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television will air special programmes related to this day. Several Pakistani celebrities, diplomats and sportspersons took to varying social media platforms, requesting the nation to keeps their spirits high as they celebrate the day at homes amid social distancing.
In their Pakistan Day messages, President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the nation to show utmost unity, discipline and passion in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the country.
The president and the premier also paid homage to the founding leaders of the country [Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Muhammad Iqbal and other members of the freedom movement].
Moreover, PM Imran urged people not to panic and take precautionary measures to fight the deadly contagion.
“The Pakistani nation has the capability to face any ordeal and God willing, we will stand victorious in this test,” the premier said.
There is no better message this President can think of, for March 23, Pakistan Day 2020, than what was said by the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah in 1947. My dear Pakistanis, his every word is for YOU and applies to the Corona Crisis in Pakistan today 👇 https://t.co/uiKK2OdF1L
— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) March 23, 2020
On the other hand, Tom Suozzi, US Representative for New York’s 3rd district also congratulated Pakistan on the occasion.
#PakistanDay2020 #COVIDー19 #CoronavirusNewYork #coronavirus #CoronaVirusUpdate #flatenthecurve #PakistaniAmericanleads @mophrd @PakPMO @PresOfPakistan @ForeignOfficePk @asadmk17 @NYGovCuomo @ApnaNewYork @APAGUSA @Alirashid321 @NewYorkTimes11 pic.twitter.com/76JW1VQyPX
— Consulate General Of Pakistan New York (@PakConsulateNY) March 23, 2020
Ali Alizada, current Azerbaijan Ambassador to Pakistan sent good wishes to the nation in Urdu. He assured that Azerbaijan will always stand with Pakistan in its difficult times.
My very first video message in Urdu on #PakistanDay as a sign of solidarity with #Pakistan in this difficult time
!Stay strong and safe Pakistan
اس مشکل وقت میں پاکستان کے ساتھ اظہار یکجہتی کے لیے پاکستان ڈے پر یہ میرا پہلا ویڈیو مسج ہے.
پاکستان مضبوط اور محفوظ رہے. pic.twitter.com/Hmt4GBolgk
— Ali Alizada 🇦🇿 (@Ali_F_Alizada) March 23, 2020
Pakistan also received love from Iran and Germany as the representatives from these countries wished Pakistan everlasting peace and prosperity.
— Iran Foreign Ministry 🇮🇷 (@IRIMFA_EN) March 22, 2020
Happy #PakistanDay2020! Since my arrival in #Pakistan I've been impressed by the overwhelming hospitality of Pakistani people &the beauty of the country! In these difficult times Pakistanis will stand together as 1 nation & will emerge even more resilient! Best wishes to everyone pic.twitter.com/Lx39LlYmrV
— Bernhard Schlagheck (@GermanyinPAK) March 23, 2020
Moreover, many Pakistani artistes, sportspersons and politicians also sent beautiful messages filled with love with regards to this day.
On this Pakistan Resolution Day, let us resolve to show our unity in a unique way… Let us stay home and protect ourselves, our loved ones and the nation!!
Our solidarity is essential to combat COVID-19. #PakistanDay2020#OneNationOneDestiny
— Usman Buzdar (@UsmanAKBuzdar) March 23, 2020
80 years ago, we showed the will to create a nation. Today, let's show the will to protect it.#PakistanUnitedAgainstCorona #PakistanDay2020 pic.twitter.com/hqH4a8pLUt
— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) March 23, 2020
Happy Pakistan Resolution Day to all the Pakistanis.For the sake of Pakistan & for the sake of humanity Let’s stay at home and protect ourselves, our loved ones and the nation.May Allah keep us all safe Ameen
Our unity is the only weapon to fight with COVID-19. #PakistanDay2020 pic.twitter.com/rs9vNZeQnU
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) March 23, 2020
On Pakistan resolution day can we come to a resolution that we must work in unity in such challenging times? An ode. Hope you like it. Jaan De Den Ge | Ali Zafar | Pakistan Day | New Release | 23rd March https://t.co/S60hFFqiEx #PakistanUnitedAgainstCorona #PakistanResolutionDay
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) March 23, 2020
Furthermore, Qmobile designed a special video message on Pakistan Day featuring actor Zahid Ahmed, Sana Javed, Hajra Yamin, Muhammad Asif, Yumna Zaidi, Imad Wasim, Babar Azam and Rehmat Ajmal.
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Let’s make a resolution this Pakistan Resolution day to stay connected with each other. Together we can survive any challenge even in separation. @qmobilepk @5thelement.productions @umer_adil #zahidahmed #socialdistancing #pakistanday #saathsabkeliye #qsabkeliye #5thelementproductions #hotwaterbottlefilms
Pakistan Resolution Day
Pakistan Resolution Day is a day when the nation commemorates the Lahore Resolution passed on 23 March 1940. Today, Pakistan also celebrates the adoption of its first constitution during the transition of the Dominion of Pakistan to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on 23 March 1956 making it world’s first Islamic republic. A Republic Day parade by the armed forces is a part of the celebrations every year.
However, this year due to coronavirus outbreak in the country, all the parade and special programs have been cancelled.