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Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal 136th Birth Anniversary Today

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The 136th birthday of national poet, Dr Allama Mohammad Iqbal, will be observed on Saturday (today) by paying rich tributes to the ‘Thinker of Pakistan’ at seminars, poetic contests and other related celebrations in the city.

Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal

Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal

The Government of Pakistan in a notification issued on Friday decided to observe Iqbal Day and announced a holiday today.

Special programmes by Radio Pakistan and TV channels will be aired on the day on the life, ideas and achievements of Allama Iqbal.

The ceremony of change of guards will be held at 9am at Mazar-e-Iqbal. Key government functionaries and noted personalities will participate in the ceremony.

An exhibition of books and relics of Allama Iqbal at Iqbal Museum Lahore is also special part of this event.

Separately an exhibition of Iqbal’s painting/works has been arranged at Aiwan-e-Iqbal Lahore, while Iqbal Academy Lahore will hold a books exhibition on the Iqbal Day.

A delegation of Punjab University faculty members, employees and students led by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will visit mausoleum of Allam Iqbal at 8:30am to offer Fateha and lay floral wreath. In this regard, special buses will be operated from Faisal Auditorium, New Campus to Old Campus at 7:45am where the delegation will depart to the mausoleum under the leadership of Dr Mujahid Kamran.

Special events are being arranged at public sectors schools and colleges to remember Iqbal’s contribution for an independent state of Muslims of the subcontinents.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Allama Iqbal wanted to make Pakistan such a state where hard work, trust and dutifulness were valued but, unfortunately, despite lapse of 66 years, his dream had not been materialised.

In a message on Iqbal Day, he said the ‘Poet of the East’ was one of those few philosophers and thinkers of the world who addressed the entire humanity through his universal message by rising above geographical limits. The chief minister said Iqbal created a new spirit among the Muslims through his thoughts and above that saw the dream of establishing Pakistan which became a reality in a very short period.

Shahbaz said the revolutionary poetry of Iqbal had given new life to Muslims of the entire world. He said Iqbal had awakened the Muslims of subcontinent through his poetry and set a new destination by giving the concept of a separate home land.

He said Iqbal gave the lesson of self respect to the Muslims of subcontinent at the time when they were totally despondent. The CM said though the Muslims achieved a separate homeland but the common man was still deprived of basic necessities of life while rich people were enjoying every facility.

He expressed the hope that Pakistan will certainly achieve its goal and lost status at international level. He said, “We will have to pledge on Iqbal Day to make vigorous struggle for transforming Pakistan in accordance with the ideals of founders of the country.”

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