KARACHI     -   Pakistan was observing the 74th death anniversary of founder Quaid-e-Azam Mu­hammad Ali Jinnah, who died just 11 months after achieving an independent country for the Muslims of the Indian sub-continent. Jinnah dedicated his en­tire life to the struggle for a separate homeland for Mus­lims, but couldn’t see his dear country prosper and passed away. Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and acting Sindh governor Agha Siraj Durrani visited the Mazar-e-Quaid Mausoleum and laid floral wreaths on Jinnah’s tomb. They also recited fateha and penned their comments in the visitors’ book. “We are living in an independent country owing to Quaid-e-Azam’s leadership qualities. We all have to look after and beautify this country of Quaid,” he said, on the occasion. “It is our utmost responsibility to make this country a cradle of peace, a seat of learning, and a strong nation.” After laying a wreath, offering fateha and recording his impres­sions in the visitors’ book opened at Mazar-e-Quaid to observe the 74th death an­niversary of the father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mo­hammad Ali Jinnah. He was accompanied by his cabi­net members, Saeed Ghani, Shahla Raza, Advisor Rasool Bux Chandio, and others. Shah said that he and acting Governor Sindh along with provincial cabinet members have visited Mazar to pay tribute to the father of the Nation. “We have won this country with his struggle; therefore, it becomes our re­sponsibility to save, protect and prosper this nation,” he said. The CM, replying to a question about floods, said that the UN Secretary-Gen­eral Antonio Guterres after visiting the flood-affected areas said he had never seen such a catastrophe. “More than 1.5 million people have been displaced, of them over 600,000 shifted to camps,” he said and added he re­quested the UN Secretary-General for the assistance of tents and medicines. Murad Shah said that he has re­leased the budget allocated for the purchase of medi­cines so that flood-affected people facing different ail­ments could be treated properly. To a question, the CM said that standing crops worthRs50 billion have been washed away. 

HYDERABAD: Flood-hit women preparing bread for her family outside tent in flood relief camp at Jamshoro.–APP

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