Pakistan Day, also known as Pakistan Resolution Day, is a national holiday celebrated annually on March 23rd. It commemorates the adoption of Pakistan’s first Constitution in 1956, which made the country the world’s first Islamic republic. The day also celebrates the adoption of the Lahore Resolution in 1940 by the Muslim League, calling for the creation of an independent sovereign state for Muslims in North-West and East British India. Military parades by the Pakistan Armed Forces are held to mark the occasion.
Banknote to Celebrate Pakistan Day
The 10 Rupees banknote from 2017 depicts a portrait of Mohammed Ali Jinnah wearing the national dress (sherwani) on the obverse. The reverse side features the Khyber Pass stone gateway in Peshawar. Mohammed Ali Jinnah is respected as the Father of the Nation and played a major role in the nation’s establishment. On March 23, 1940, he presided over the Lahore Resolution which is the milestone in the struggle for independence.
The new Pakistan 75 Rupee banknote issued in 2022 features Allama Sir Muhammad Iqbal along with Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, and Mohtarma Fatima. Like Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the spiritual father of Pakistan Allama Sir Muhammad Iqbal inspired the idea of a separate Muslim homeland in his Allahabad Address of 1930. His poetry and philosophy helped to mobilize the Muslim masses, and his dream of a separate Muslim state became a rallying cry for the movement.
The reverse of the banknote that was issued to commemorate the 75th year of Pakistan’s independence shows the Earth as seen from space, mountains, a Makhor, and deodar trees. Security features include a windowed holographic security thread, a green-to-gold denomination feature, a denomination registration device, and a watermark of Mohammed Ali Jinnah with an electrotype 75.
Featured on the reverse of the 1-rupee banknote is the Minar-e Pakistan where the first call for a separate Muslim state in India was made during the Lahore Resolution. The towering minaret in Iqbal Park stands as a symbol of the Muslim community’s struggle for a separate homeland and the eventual country’s establishment. The note’s obverse displays a crescent moon and a star.