SIALKOT - The 135th birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being observed across Pakistan especially in Sialkot with traditional zeal and enthusiasm today (Thursday). At Iqbal Manzil, the birth place of the great poet, Quran Khawani will be held with the participation of a number of people from all walks of life. The day will dawn with the special prayers and Quran Khawani at all the mosques in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Pasrur and surrounding areas. The people will also offer Fateha and lay floral wreaths at the graves of the parents and other family members of Allama Iqbal at Shaheedaan Graveyard.An exhibition of the ancient and rare pictures and books on Allama Iqbal will be held at Iqbal Manzil for public to pay rich tributes to the great poet and philosopher. Iqbal Manzil In-charge Syed Riaz Hussain Naqvi said that a large number of people will visit the place on his birthday. The Punjab Archeology Department has established closed circuit cameras and fire-fighting systems at Iqbal Manzil. The whitewashed walls and roofs and carpeted floors are giving a new look with the new rare pictures of Iqbal and his family.The management has also displayed Allama Iqbal’s personal Qalam and Dawaat (pen and inkpot). Now, the new wall curtains and carpeted rooms of the second storey of this ancient building attract more than 200 hundred visitors daily. The management has displayed some new rare pictures of Allama Iqbal, his family members, his teachers, class fellows and other leaders of the All India Muslim League in attractive frames. Most of these rare photos have the autographs of the Allama Iqbal. There are more than 4,000 old books in the library, established in a small room of Iqbal Manzil. There are 2,000 books on “Iqbaliyat” in the library. Officials said that no special budget had ever been allocated for purchasing the books containing the advance research on Allama Iqbal. They said that all of these 4,000 books have been donated by the visitors.They said that now the number of visitors have jumped to 200 as the building had got a new look. However, the management of this building said that ground floor of Iqbal Manzil would be kept in its original shape. The other officials concerned said that the provincial government had repaired the walls of Iqbal Manzil from its back side, after conducting a detailed survey of Iqbal Manzil under the supervision of a team of senior architects and engineers for preserving the national heritage in its original design and shape.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 09-Nov-2012 here.