KARACHI: Nation will celebrate the 141st birth anniversary of poet and philosopher Allama Iqbal on Friday 9th of November.
Various literary, educational, political, social and cultural organizations will arrange special programmes to pay homage to the national poet and highlight different aspects of his life and teachings.
LAHORE: A graceful change of guard ceremony held at Mazar-e-Iqbal.
His best literary work includes Asrar-e-Khudi, Payam-i-Mashriq, Bang-i-Dara, Bal-i-Jibril, Zarb-i-Kalim, and Armughan-e-Hijaz He passed away in Lahore on April 21, 1938. The Consul General of Iran while talking to NewsPakistan.tv maintained since most of his kalam was in Persian, the Iranis reckon Iqbal as their own.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 9, 2018
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistanis could achieve high distinction in the comity of the nations by understanding the concept of ‘Shaheen’ and philosophy of ‘Khudi’ of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal and adopting it in practical life. “It is urgency of the present situation to adopt the vision of Allama Iqbal in our lives and become a lively symbol to enlighten the world through our deeds and introduce Pakistan as a developed an Islamic welfare state in the comity of nations,” the prime minister said in his message on the Iqbal Day, being observed on November 9, throughout the country with great respect. The prime minister said on this day, the whole nation and Islamic Ummah pay tributes to the Poet of the East Allama Muhammad Iqbal on his birth anniversary. He said Allama Iqbal guided Muslims of the Sub Continent at a time when they had lost their destination in the darkness of slavery. He said thoughts and thinking of Allama Iqbal illuminated such a candle of hope which not only identified the destination but the way of life to the Muslims of the Sub Continent.
The prime minister said the creation of Pakistan was a realization of Allama Iqbal’s dream. He said Allama Iqbal’s poetry was read and understand in the entire world. He always advised the Muslims to remain united and be practical. It was farsightedness of the Poet of the East, who predicted these problems several years ago, which were faced by the Muslims in the present time, he said. The Prime Minister said thinking of Allama Iqbal about sectarianism, ideological extremism and creation of new communal groups was still today a beacon of hope for us. He said it was need of the hour to understand not only the thinking of Allama Iqbal but also practically adopting it to make Pakistan such a state, the concept of which was given by Poet of the East several years back. The prime minister said keeping in view the importance of the day he had directed to arrange special programmes at government level for highlighting the thinking and vision of great philosopher of the subcontinent, instead of announcing a public holiday on Iqbal Day. He said special programmes would also be arranged at schools, colleges, and educational institutions to make the young generation aware of the thinking of Allama Iqbal.
President Dr. Arif Alvi has urged the need of understanding the message of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, a great philosopher, and poet of the East, and reverting his teachings and philosophy to tackle the multifaceted challenges faced by the country. “Today, the country is facing multifaceted challenges while the spirit of Islam and its message is being distorted by religious extremists and zealots. The need to understand his message and reverting to his teachings and philosophy was never as great as it is today” he added in a message on the occasion of the 141st birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal. The President said that the commemoration of the birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal was indeed an occasion not only to recall the message that he propounded but also to ponder how far “we have been successful in following the path that was shown to us by the great philosopher and Poet of the East.” He said that Allama Muhammad Iqbal would always be remembered not only for envisioning a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Sub Continent but also for his remarkable contributions to understanding the true message of our religion. “He awakened the Muslims from their deep slumber and rekindled the spirit among them to seek their true identity and to discover, cultivate and assert “khudi” for an individual as well as collective progress and prosperity,” the President said. “Let us therefore on his 141st birth anniversary reiterate to continue making efforts for translating his vision into reality and strive harder for achieving ideals as envisioned by the great poet-philosopher,” he maintained.
Speakers at a dialogue “Pakistani Tehzeeb Key Khadokhaal-Fikr-i-Iqbal Ki Roshni Mein” arranged by National Language Promotion Department (NLPD) in Islamabad today said the solution of all political and social problems being faced by the country lies in the teachings and visionary thoughts of the national poet, Allama Muhammad Iqbal. The function, arranged to mark the 141st birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal, was presided over by renowned scholar, Professor Fateh Malik. Renowned literary persons including Professor Jalil Aali, Dr. Najeeba Arif, Dr. Humaira Ashfaq, Akhtar Usman, and Dr. Rashid Hameed were among the speakers besides, Director General, NLPD, Iftikhar Arif. Speaking on the occasion, Professor Fateh Malik said, Allama Iqbal, saw a dream of such a society where masses rule. He said it is very unfortunate that those societal ills which Iqbal mentioned as a reason of decline for any society exist in our society today. He said we should comprehend Iqbal’s teachings in the same context in which he wanted to make us understand.
Iftikhar Arif said there is no other thinker or philosopher of the 20th century whose teachings and vision can shape the civilizational values of our society. He said Iqbal’s teachings carried ways to cope with the challenges of a contemporary era as well as had a larger connection with the religion. He said it is important to strengthen the bond of the nation with the teachings of Allama Iqbal to make them a great dignified nation. Professor Jalil Aali said Pakistan is the creation of Iqbal’s visionary thoughts. Iqbal saw a dream of a separate homeland and united the Muslims through his powerful poetry to materialize this dream, he added. Dr. Najeeba Arif said Pakistani civilization is the combination of all regional civilizations which although have many differences but commonalities are more as compared to differences. It is the duty of our literary scholars to highlight these commonalities which are in the larger interest of our country and avoid highlighting differences for political reasons, she added. Dr. Humaira Ashfaq said it was essential to understand Iqbal’s concept of the nation to understand his concept of civilization as civilization according to him always develops through a nation. She said there was a need to understand Iqbal’s teaching in its true spirit and context to create a dignified society with a healthy approach.
Iqbal’s house decorated on the occasion!
Justice (Retd) Nasira Javed Iqbal addressing to a seminar to mark the 141st birth anniversary of Dr. Allama Iqbal at Nazariya-e-Pakistan Trust.
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar visited Iqbal’s mausoleum and laid a wreath at the grave. He offered fateha and prayed for solidarity, security, progress and prosperity of the country. He also penned his impressions in the visitor’s book. The governors held that the ideals of Qauid-e-Azam Muhamamd Ali Jinnah and philosophy of Allama Iqbal were the basis of a political vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said: “We, as a nation, may maintain our individuality among the comity of nations and restore our lost glory if we act upon Allama Iqbal’s poetry and apply it to our lives.” Ch Sarwar said we should be proud of the fact that Allama Iqbal’s thought and poetry were admired internationally. He said it was a need of the hour that political leadership gathers at one platform as per the vision of Allama Iqbal and play a role for strengthening country’s economy and security.
LAHORE: CM Punjab offers fateha at Iqbal’s tomb.
LAHORE: A play performed at Al-Hamra.
Student groups clash in QAU
ISLAMABAD: Two student groups clashed in Quaid e Azam University (QAU) here on Tuesday however, later due to efforts of the city administration the situation was brought under control.
According to official sources, Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent Police reached the site and controlled the situation.
In a tweet, the Deputy Commissioner said, “Negotiations are going on. It’s unfortunate to see that few mischief mongers have disturbed entire university.”
Fin. Minister briefs PM about talks with IMF
ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Asad Umar, who is accompanying the Prime Minister Imran Khan during his official visit to Malaysia, on Tuesday briefed the prime minister about the visit, meetings, and progress till now with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation in Pakistan.
The finance minister informed the prime minister that efforts were being made to settle bilateral affairs with the IMF in such a way which would have positive results on the economy and which could not put a burden on the people, a press release issued by the PM Media wing here said.
He said that progress on meetings held so far with the Fund was encouraging, however, the final decision regarding the bailout package would be made keeping in view people’s interests and vision of the government.
Asad Umar told the prime minister that the IMF programme had no immediate pressure on Pakistan’s economy, adding that understanding Pakistan’s priorities by the IMF delegation was an encouraging step.
Dams: CJP pinning hopes on Overseas Pakistanis
ISLAMABAD: CJP on Tuesday said that Overseas Pakistanis should play a role in the construction of dams in Pakistan.
Expatriates should come forward for resolution of problems of Pakistan besides provision of funds for construction of water reservoirs, he stated while talking to a private news channel.
Construction of dams was imperative for addressing future demands of water in the country, he said. CJP Saqib Nisar said that Mohmand Dam could have been started earlier than the other dams.
Commenting on the justice system, he said that we have a single system in Pakistan for the dispensation of justice.
“While dealing with the cases, we don’t have two systems of justice here, ” he added. He said that Overseas Pakistanis had great attachment and love for their country.
Pinning the hopes of Pakistanis living abroad, he said that they could play a vital role in steering the country out of the present challenges. We are fully capable to resolve the national issues, he stated.
To another question, he said, “We don’t have a selected system of justice in Pakistan.” Giving a message to the people, he said that everyone should have love and respect for Pakistan.