Pakistan is celebrating the 143rd birth anniversary of poet of the East with traditional zeal, enthusiasm and fervor across the country today.
A change of guard ceremony was held today at the mausoleum of Dr Allama Iqbal today where a contingent of the Pakistan Navy assumed guard duties. Special programmes will be organized today in the country by the political, social and cultural organizations to pay tribute to the national poet.
President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan also paid rich tribute to Allama Iqbal on the occasion and urged the people to follow his teachings of Islam which created great enthusiasm for the creation of Pakistan.
President Dr Arif Alvi has highlighted the need to follow Allama Iqbal’s teachings on Islam and his philosophy of ‘Khudi’ that believed in the promotion of self-respect and human dignity, to make Pakistan a prosperous nation.
In a special message on this event, the president said, “It is a high time to stand united, set aside our differences and work committedly for the socio-economic uplift of the country. Let us pledge on this day to work for the unity of Muslim Ummah, and progress and prosperity of the country.”
Meanwhile, PM Khan underscored the need of seeking guidance from Iqbal’s thoughts to find solution to the issues, being faced by the country and the nation.
Iqbal Manzil –the birthplace of Allama Iqbal — has been beautifully illuminated on the eve, while, Sialkot exporters will pay homage to the nation’s poet by cutting Iqbal’s birthday cake during a special event hosted by Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) scheduled to be held at Iqbal Manzil today.
Allama Muhammad Iqbal was born in Sialkot, Punjab in 1877 AD and received his early education in the traditional maktab and went to Sialkot Mission School, from where he passed his matric exams.
Iqbal obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Government College, Lahore in 1897 and secured his Masters Degree two years later. The poet of the East conceived of the idea of Pakistan and used poetry to motivate the Muslims, especially the youth of the sub-continent in their struggle against British rulers and Muslim’s demand for a separate homeland.
Unfortunately, Allama Iqbal did not live to see the dream come true and passed away on April 21, 1938.