Islamabad - College and universities’ students from the twin cities took part in a ‘Mehfil-e-Mushaira’ held at Allama Iqbal Open University in connection with 140th birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal, a great Muslim poet and philosopher.

The poetry recital was part of the country-wide Iqbal Day celebrations arranged by the AIOU at their regional offices to spread the message of Allama Iqbal among the youth.

Such literary activities motivate the youth to follow his intellectual thoughts to get a respectable and dignified place in the comity of nations, said Vice Chancellor Dr Shahid Siddiqui while presiding over the event. Prominent columnist Izhar-ul-Haq was chief guest who on the occasion also recited verses from the poetry of Allama Iqbal.

Besides remembering Allama Iqbal, the ‘Mushaira’ was aimed at promoting literary culture of Pakistan as well as reinvigorating a sense of pride, belonging and hope among the youth.

Dr Shahid Siddiqui deliberated upon various dimensions of Iqbal’s poetry and philosophy, especially Iqbal’s universality and his message for the youth. He noted that Iqbal raised awareness among the youth about their responsibilities through his poetry and intellectual thoughts. He further said that Iqbal through his poetry stressed the youth to establish strong link with education to promote their civilised character.

The message of Allama Iqbal for Muslims was to forge unity among them and the youth should keep their vision high to achieve their goals, he added. He also read some verses from the poetry of Allama Iqbal.

At the end, he distributed cash awards and commendation certificates among the students while praising their talent and impressive narration of Iqbal’s poetic verses.

Huma Batool, Muhammad Ali and Ziaul Hasan, secured the first, second and third positions, respectively.

Earlier, Rana Javed, director students’ advisory Cell, highlighted the activities arranged by the AIOU during the month of November on the life and work of Dr Iqbal.