KARACHI - Dr Muhammad Ahmed Qadri, professor at Karachi University’s Department of Political Science and member of the Syndicate, said on Friday that Allama Iqbal did not belong to a particular nation or country; his vision influenced every developing nation of the world.

He said that Allama Iqbal was equally famous in Pakistan, Iran, India, Turkey, Arab world and the West for promoting peace, humanity and knowledge. He said that Allama Iqbal’s dynamic poetry, letters and essays were still alive. He said the United Nations must incorporate the vision of Allama Iqbal into its decision-making to address the issue of global instability because Allama Iqbal was known in the world as an ambassador of peace and harmony. He said that his writings were so much diverse that one could find local culture and civilisation as well as global justice and order in them.

According to a press release issued by the Karachi University, Dr Qadri expressed these views at the Allama Iqbal International Conference organised by the Anas bin Malik Society and the Islamic Educational and Cultural Research Centre of Bahrain. Dr Qadri was the chief guest on the occasion, while Pakistani ambassador to Bahrain Javaid Malik presided over the conference. Reputed international and Arab scholars and government officials participated in the conference. On this occasion, research papers were presented on the vision and societal aspects of Allama Iqbal’s poetry in Arabic, English and Urdu languages.

Dr Qadri suggested that Allama Iqbal Library should be set up and seminars and conferences should be organised on Allama Iqbal Day on November 9 at all consulates and embassies of Pakistan to bridge the gap between the local population and the Pakistani community.

Pakistani Ambassador to Bahrain Javaid Malik said the government of Pakistan was committed to promoting the thinking and vision of Allama Iqbal because it would help promote peace and harmony in the world. He said the Pakistani Embassy in Bahrain would form Allama Iqbal Society to promote the vision of Allama Iqbal in the Arab world.