Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his message on Iqbal Day, said the renowned poet’s approach on matters such as sectarianism and ideological extremism serves as a guiding light for the nation.

It is the need of the hour to understand not only his philosophy but also apply it to make Pakistan the state Iqbal envisioned, Prime Imran Khan said.

Pakistan is observing Iqbal Day today to commemorate the contribution of Allama Muhammad Iqbal for the Muslims of the subcontinent.

Iqbal was born on November 9th, 1877, Iqbal played a vital role in the Pakistan Movement by conceiving the idea of Pakistan and is, therefore, regarded as one of the founding fathers of the country.

Acknowledging Iqbal’s contributions, PM Imran said Pakistan can achieve a dignified place among the comity of nations by perceiving the concept of "Shaheen" and philosophy of "Khudi" enunciated in the works of the Poet of the East.

“Adopting Iqbal’s vision is the need of the hour to brighten the world through our deeds and introduce Pakistan as a developed and Islamic welfare state,” the premier said.

PM Imran said Iqbal guided Muslims of the Indian subcontinent at a time when they had lost their destination in the darkness of slavery. "Iqbal’s thoughts illuminated a candle of hope to identify the destination."

Eulogising his brilliance, the prime minister said Iqbal always advised Muslims to remain united and be practical.