LAHORE (INP) - The 134th birth anniversary of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal was observed with traditional zeal across the country on Wednesday. The day dawned with the change of guard at his mausoleum. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Governor Sardar Latif Khosa, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, an Iranian delegation and other dignitaries visited the mausoleum, laid wreaths and prayed peace to the departed soul. Different functions were arranged to mark the day. Special programmes were aired on the state-run and private radios and TV channels, highlighting various aspects of Allama Iqbal. Rallies were taken out in various parts of the country while exhibitions of books and relics of Allama Iqbal were held at the Iqbal Museum in Lahore, National Museum in Karachi and Iqbal Manzil in Sialkot. The nation paid special tribute for his vision of a separate homeland for Muslims of the sub-continent. Allama Iqbal, born on November 9, 1877 in Sialkot, was a great representative of the subcontinent and an important personality for the Pakistan Movement. Iqbal was a Sufi poet for the modern age, who infused a revolutionary spirit in the nation through his poetry. His poetry has been translated in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, English and several other languages and is considered a great philosopher all over the world. He died on April 21, 1938. He was a man of great many ideas - sublime and serene, dynamic and romantic, provocative and profound. He was both a great poet and a serious thinker at the same time.