SIALKOT - The 140th birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal was celebrated with traditional zeal and enthusiasm at Iqbal Manzil, the birthplace of Allama Iqbal in Sialkot.

The day dawned with special prayers in the mosques for peace, national integrity, prosperity and development of the country. The main birthday cake cutting ceremony was held at Iqbal Manzil in which Commissioner Gujranwala Division Capt (r) Asif, Regional Police Officer (RPO) Gujranwala Region Sultan Azam Taimuri, Deputy Commissioner Farrukh Naveed and District Police Officer (DPO) Asad Sarfraz Khan jointly cut the cake.

They paid homage to the great poet, philosopher Allama Iqbal.

The commissioner narrated that there was a great imagination of implementation, ethics and spiritualism in Iqbal’s poetry. He said that Allama Iqbal wanted to see human development through the way of self realization.

A delegation of Kh Muhammad Safdar Medical College (KMSMC) led by its Principal Prof Dr Zafar Ali Chaudhry, Pakistan Boys Scouts’ Association Islamabad led by its Chief Commissioner Abdul Manan, and a large number of the students of different schools and colleges and their teachers also visited the Iqbal Manzil. The Iqbal’s poetry and speech contests were held at Iqbal Manzil under the auspices of Bazm-e-Iqbal Sialkot.

Chairperson Sialkot District Council Hina Arshad Warraich and PTI stalwart Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan also visited Iqbal Manzil Sialkot and they cut separate cakes. They also paid homage to Allama Iqbal.

Rare books on Iqbaliyat and pictures of Allama Iqbal, his parents and family members were also displayed there. The visitors showed keen interest in the personal things, rare books and pictures of Allama Iqbal and his family members.

Iqbal Manzil Incharge Syed Riaz Hussain Naqvi said that rare pictures of Allama Iqbal and his family and 22 letters were displayed at Iqbal Manzil for public view at as many as 158 years old Iqbal Manzil. He added that these letters had been written by Allama Iqbal to his family members and friends. He said these letters were donated to Iqbal Manzil by some close relatives of Allama Iqbal and his fans in Pakistan and abroad.

Addressing a seminar on Iqbaliyat held at Govt Murray College, Dr Farrukh Naveed said that Allama Iqbal was a visionary poet who conceived the idea of separate homeland for the Muslims of the Subcontinent. They said that the teachings of Allama Iqbal are like a beacon to maintain tolerance, peace and stability in the society. Dr Firdous Ashiq asked the youth to strive for self realization and emphasized austerity envisioned by Allama Iqbal.

Bazm-e-Iqbal President Shamim Khan Lodhi stressed a need to follow the teachings of Allama Muhammad Iqbal to retrieve the country from various challenges.

A symposium on Iqbaliyat was held at Govt Murray College Sialkot, the alma mater of Allama Iqbal. An inter-collegiate Kalam-e-Iqbal competition was held to pay homage to Allama Iqbal. The students of Sialkot district’s 15 colleges participated in the competition.

On the other side, a large number of people participated in an Iqbal Day rally taken out in Sialkot under the auspices of Sialkot Municipal Corporation.

Mayor Tauheed Akhtar led the rally which began from Iqbal Manzil and ended at Sialkot city’s congested Allama Iqbal Chowk.

Meanwhile, 103rd death anniversary of Imam Bibi, the mother of Allama Iqbal, was observed. The people offered Fateha for the eternal peace of the departed soul. The people visited the graves of Allama Iqbal’s parents and other family members at Imam Sahib Graveyard.