KARACHI - An inspiring Change of Guard ceremony was held on Monday at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah as the entire nation celebrated the 76th anniversary of the Independence of Pakistan. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Naval Academy cadets and sailors clad in ceremonial dresses, assumed guard duties at Mazar-e-Quaid with enthusiasm, traditional spirit, and military customs, said a Pakistan Navy news release issued here. Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy, Commodore M Khalid graced the occasion as Chief Guest and reviewed the guard. The Chief Guest and cadets of the Pakistan Navy presented Qaumi Salam to the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The ceremonial mounting of Guard was followed by the laying of a floral wreath at the Mazar-e-Quaid by the Chief Guest on behalf of the Chief of the Naval Staff, officers, and men of the Pakistan Navy. Later on, the Chief Guest offered Fateha and recorded his remarks in the visitor book and paid rich tribute to our beloved Quaid. Earlier, the day dawned with Gun Salutes, and special prayers were offered in all Naval mosques for solidarity and progress of the country and particularly for the success of the Kashmiri struggle. Pakistan Navy Ships and Establishments were illuminated in the Navy’s traditional manner. Flag hoisting ceremonies were held at designated Units of Pakistan Navy at Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Coastal Areas. Various independence day activities were held at Pakistan Navy units/ establishments including the singing of the national anthem in the morning, PN Band Display and Flag Hoisting Ceremony at Pakistan Maritime Museum, Boat Rallies at Karachi Harbour, Marathon Races, Cycle Races were also part of the celebrations. PN ships celebrated independence day during overseas deployment at foreign ports.