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Peshawar Zalmi skipper Daren Sammy paid tribute to the man regarded as the ‘father’ of Pakistan, when he visited his tomb Sunday, local reports say.
Sammy was accompanied on the visit to the tomb of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah by Chairman Javed Afridi, according to CricketWorld.
The online publication said Sammy was amazed by the design of the tomb and its amazing white colour.
It reported that the Saint Lucia-born cricketer also visited the museum of Quaid’s belongings and learnt a lot about the great man.
“Quaid was a great man and one of his famous quotes – unity, faith and discipline – are the three words that I live by. It was an honour to pay my respects to a great leader and visionary who paved way for the nation of Pakistan,” Sammy was quoted as saying.
As reported by CricketWorld, Chairman Javed Afridi said that “Daren was excited to witness the famous monuments of Pakistan and Mizar-e-Quaid was on his list. It was a pleasant experience.”
According to Wikipedia, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah served as the leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan’s independence on 14 August 1947, and then as Pakistan’s first Governor-General until his death.
He is revered in Pakistan as Quaid-i-Azam (“Great Leader”) and Baba-i-Qaum, (“Father of the Nation”), the publication observes.