Rawalpindi - Over 100 rare photos of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal were put on display here at Rawalpindi Arts Council on Sunday.

The exhibition was arranged in connection with the birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal to show various aspects of his life and struggle. Resident Director RAC Waqar Ahmed inaugurated the exhibition, which was witnessed by a large number of school children and general public.

Speaking on the occasion, Waqar Ahmed said the Rawalpindi Arts Council celebrated the birth anniversary of Dr Allama Iqbal with traditional zeal and patriotism. Paying rich tribute to Allama Iqbal, he said that the thoughts of Allama Iqbal were guidance for Muslims because he always tried to awake them from sound slumber.

Meanwhile, like other parts of the country 137th birth anniversary of great philosopher and poet Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal was celebrated in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi with full zeal and fervour.

Different governmental and non-governmental organizations organised seminars and cake cutting ceremonies to celebrate the birthday of the poet of the east. In this context, different schools organised speech competitions, took out rallies and performed tableaus. Addressing the seminars, the speakers paid glowing homage to the great poet Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal who was born in November 9, 1877. They said that he was a sufi poet of the modern age as he aroused revolutionary spirit in the nation through his poetry. As a great politician, his great achievement was to think of the ideology of Pakistan which later became the base of independence of the Pakistan.

The speakers said that nation could defeat terrorism by following the lesson of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal which he gave through his poetry. Iqbal’s poetry bears a lesson of love, peace, unity, brotherhood and tolerance, they added.

Meanwhile, Rawalpindi city looks hideous as it filled with plastic bags thrown by city residents. Plastic bags are a common sight all over the city. Certainly, they give the city a very ugly and sickening look. On windy days they fly everywhere, anywhere, even in your face.

The perils of plastic bags are quite obvious but Pindiites continue using them and the district government doesn’t seem bothered to control their manufacture or use.

Citizens said that problem is not only bags and the garbage being thrown by the roadside; plastic cups, bottles waste papers being dumped there. All over the city rubbish can be seen, tonnes and tonnes of it, on the roads, streets, along railway lines, in parks; choking up rainwater vents on roadsides.

Citizens said that banning plastic bag will not be a good decision as it has light weight and is easy to carry. Only problem with plastic is that it is not biodegradable.

Therefore it should not be thrown away here and there, it should be properly dropped in dustbins and then it will not cause any problem.