A prestigious Change of Guards ceremony was held by Pakistan Navy at Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s mausoleum in Lahore on Iqbal Day to commemmorate the 137th birth anniversary of the great philosopher of the 20th century and Pakistan’s national poet who envisioned a separate homeland for the Muslims of British India.
The ceremony commenced at 7:30 am when a contingent of Pakistan Navy clad in ceremonial dresses replaced Pakistan Rangers to assume guard duties at Mazar-e-Iqbal. As the naval and Rangers’ contingents took positions outside the mausloeum, the outgoing and incoming guards were inspected by Navy Station Commander Lahore Commodore SM Shahzad.
Marching to the tune of traditional music, the naval contingent took positions at the four corners of the mausoleum as the Rangers were ceremoniously moved out by their officer-in-charge.
The ceremonial guard mounting was followed by laying of a floral wreath at the mausoleum by Navy station commander on behalf of the naval chief and officers. Later, the station commander offered fateha and recorded his impression in the visitors’ book.
A large number of military, civil officials, school children and citizens were present at the occasion.