Various sections of Motorway closed due to fog

 ISLAMABAD: Various sections of the Motorway have been closed for traffic due to dense fog on Thursday morning.

According to Radio Pakistan, Motorway police informed that M-I from Peshawar to Islamabad, M-2 from Islamabad to Lahore and M-3 from Faisalabad to Gojra remain closed. The road users have been advised to contact Helpline 130 and control room number 5494126 to avoid any inconvenience.–APP

 Iqbal’s 140th birth anniversary marked

 ISLAMABAD: The 140th birth anniversary of national poet Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being observed today all over the country with traditional zeal and enthusiasm. According to private news channel, Allama Muhammad Iqbal was born in Sialkot on November 9, 1877. He is also recognised as national poet, and known as Muffakir-e-Pakistan (thinker of Pakistan), Shair-e-Mashriq (Poet of the East) and Hakeemul Ummat (doctor of the Muslim ummah) and is credited with sparking the pan-Islamic thought among Muslims of the subcontinent.

Allama Iqbal envisioned the idea of a separate homeland for the Muslims of subcontinent‚ which led to the creation of Pakistan in 1947.

He is also considered one of the most important figures in literature with literary works in both Urdu and Persian languages. Asrar-e-Khudi, Payam-i-Mashriq, Bang-i-Dara, Bal-i-Jibril, Zarb-i Kalim and Armughan-e-Hijaz were amongst his best works.

The nation is celebrating the day with dedication to pay homage to the great poet philosopher and to highlight his achievements.

Various educationist political social and cultural organizations have arranged special programmes to portray Iqbal s philosophy life and his contribution to create awareness among the Muslims of South Asia.

His poetry has been translated in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, English and several other languages and is considered a great philosopher all over the world. Unfortunately, he could not see the independence of Pakistan and died on April 21, 1938.–APP