RANA LATIF/KHALID MALIK LAHORE Speakers at a function held in connection with the 132nd birthday of Allama Muhammad Iqbal on Monday said Iqbal gave the message of hope and to rise from the present subservient status to become a self-reliant and self-respecting nation, which should be capable of leading the Muslims world with qualities of determination, self-accountability, reformation, knowledge and research. They also called for following Iqbal as his thoughts were derived from the Holy Quran that was the final divine script for guidance of mankind. Ex-Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmad presided over the gathering, which was organised by Nazria Pakistan Trust (NPT) in collaboration with Tehrik-e-Pakistan Workers Trust at Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehrik-e-Pakistan, while Chairman NPT Majid Nizami, PML-N Information Secretary Ahsan Iqbal, Prof Fateh Mohammad Malik, Bushra Rehman MNA, Dr Rafique Ahmad, Prof Dr Akram Ikram Shah and Allama Ahmed Ali Kasuri. Speaking at the function, Qazi Hussain urged the people to have faith in Allah and devote their lives to the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He also listed study of Quran and jihad as the yardsticks with which the believers could overcome their individual and collective odds and rise as a determined strong nation. He said the believers, however, discarded the true path and went into oblivion. We have to break the shackles of America that has occupied us and must safeguard Pakistan like a mosque. Qazi said Pakistan without Iqbal was nothing. It was for that reason some hidden hands were conspiring to establish that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was secular and were quoting his 11th August 1948 speech to prove their notion in which he had assured the minorities of full protection, he added. Referring to such elements, he went on to say that they forgot about equality and justice for every citizen was also guaranteed in the Constitution according to the vision great Quaid, adding that Quaid was being interpreted erroneously as dozens of other speeches had been forgotten in which Quaid had mentioned Islam and Quran being the guiding force of the polity. Quaid wanted Pakistan as an Islamic, democratic and welfare state, he remarked. He also pointed to the conspiracies against the two-nation theory to keep people away from Iqbals thoughts. Accusing the countrys leadership of insincerity, he said the rulers wanted to alienate the citizens from the path prescribed by Iqbal and the Quaid. Demanding to make Iqbaliyat as part of the syllabus to counter the moves, he accused the ruling elite of working against the peoples wishes, saying they could not come up with any thing tangible. Qazi also paid rich tributes to Majid Nizami and Nawa-i-Waqt Group for promoting Iqbals thought and the two-nation theory. He presented excerpts from the writings of Maulana Abul Maudoodi in which he said the way Iqbal learnt and understood Quran was unmatched and even religious scholars could not compete with him in comprehension of Quran. Iqbal discarded huge treasure of his books and relied only on Quran in the later age, he added. Qazi quoted verses from the Persian poetry of Iqbal and their Quranic origin to show transformation in his thoughts. He advised Muslims to follow Quran and Sunnah to bring about a revolution. Majid Nizami said Pakistan greatly owed to Iqbal who called Quaid-e-Azam from London and requested him to undertake Muslims leadership for the creation of Pakistan and the Quaid did the same. Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad said the president and the prime minister issue impressive messages on Iqbal Day but they failed in understanding the spirit of Iqbals thoughts whose aim was nothing but to make Pakistan an Islamic, democratic and welfare state. He said, Wests economic system is not remedy for us. Rector International Islamic University Islamabad Prof Fateh Mohammad Malik said, If we forgot Iqbal, we will loose Pakistan, adding that some elements were trying to label the Quaid as secular and that Pakistan was created due to mistakes of Gandhi and Patel in the light of Jaswants book. It is not true, he remarked. He said Pakistan was created through a hard struggle. Iqbal resisted against the attempts to hand over power to Hindus for united India by presenting two-nation theory. He also mentioned repeated division of Europe to prove his point. Bushra Rehman said the thoughts of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal were still alive in the hearts of the people while their opponents would not live long. She said Iqbal was not only a great poet and philosopher but also was a true lover and follower of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). She said those saying that the two-nation theory had come to an end with the fall of Dhaka were not totally wrong because the tragedy was a result of politicians blunders. Ahsan Iqbal, Secretary Information PML-N, said in present uncertain times, ideology of Iqbal was the need of the hour. He mentioned Iqbals ego as an atomic bomb and said any nation armed with such a thought could never be defeated. Perhaps we did not try to understand such theory practically and sincerely with its basic contents, he said. He further said, We need not to worry about the conspiracies of our enemies and must strengthen and streamline ourselves instead of keeping eyes on the acts of others while making noise about others. They would do what is in their interest and we should do what is in our interest. He said America could never impose a dictator till the nation remained united and pointed to Cuban defiance in this regard. Ahsan said the people were was responsible for the social injustices in the society because of inability to fulfil the responsibilities. Referring to scientific research and progress in technology made by Israel not withstanding the fact it is a small country, he said when compared with Islamic countries Israel had become a developed country because Muslims had discarded research while Iqbal had stressed the Muslims to work hard for their prosperity. Allama Ahmed Ali Kasuri stressed the need of religious research and revivalism for strengthening the nation and warned that in case of failure, Muslims had to face harsh consequences as all anti-Muslim powers were united to encircle Pakistan. He also accused Musharraf of being responsible for prevailing situation. Prof Akram Ikram Shah said the British rulers in India preferred the Hindus and wanted to hand over the entire territory to them. Similar views were expressed at the sittings organised by various organisations, including Iqbal Academy at Aiwan-e-Iqbal, while programmes had also been arranged at Children Library Complex and Faisal Auditorium Punjab University. Earlier, Governor Punjab Salman Taseer, Chairman NPT Majid Nizami, Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Ch Zaheer uddin, provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, District Nazim Mian Aamer, DG Rangers Yaqub Ali, Iranian Consul General Saeed Khirazi, PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran and a large number of other people from various walks of life laid floral wreaths at the mausoleum of the great poet. A traditional but special change of guard ceremony was also held at the burial site of Iqbal.