Happy Birthday Iqbal

Iqbal Day will be marked across the country today. The day with dawn with special prayers for peace and prosperity in the country, followed by various functions to pay tribute to Iqbal.

On the eve of Iqbal Day,  Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Wednesday held an event, where Iranian academicians said the day would be marked with zeal in Iran as well.

They told the participants that Iqbal’s poetry is part of curriculum in secondary and higher education in Iran. Professor Ali Bayat and Prof. Muhammad Kiomursi from University of Tehran, Iran exchanged their views on Iqbaliat. Both the universities decided to exchange of expertise for promotion of Urdu language and literature and inked an MoU.

LCWU VC Prof Dr Uzma in her address, shed light on Pak-Iran bond.

She said that both countries have common literary and cultural heritage. Sheikh Saadi and Allama Muhammad Iqbal are equally popular in both countries. Scholars from both countries can explore the philosophy of Allama Iqbal as a poet of Umma, she said.  Similar events were held in other institutes

Speakers paid rich tributes to the services of great  thinker at a seminar titled ‘ Iqbal and Today’s Pakistan’  was arranged by Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA)  at Dr Javed Iqbal Auditorium. LHCBA President Chaudhry Zulifqar, Advocate Raja  Zulqarnain, Advocate Naseer Ahmad Cheema, Advocate Zafar Ali Raja, Allama Iqbal’s grandson Advocate Muneeb Iqbal, Advocate Manzoor Gillani, LHCBA Vice President Rashid Lodhi and others spoke on the occasion whereas a large number of lawyers were also present on the occasion. Speaking at the seminar, LHCBA President Chaudhry Zulifqar said that it was important to remember the  services of our national heros in the creation of Pakistan to strengthen its ideology.

He said that now more emphasis was being laid to cultural days and other activities in our educational institutions then remembering the services of our national heros. He said the LHCBA decided to observe Iqbal week to honour his services. He said that on Thursday (November 9), a delegation of the bar would visit mausoleum of Allama Iqbal.

Advocate Muneeb Iqbal said  that the Iqbal was a lawyer and a member of the Lahore High Court Bar (then named as Chief Court).  He said that not only Allama Iqbal but many other heros of Pakistan movement belong to the legal profession. Muneeb also pointed out that graves of Allama Iqbal’s parents were no longer accessable because of negligence on the part of management. LHCBA Vice President Rashid Lodhi said that Allama Iqbal was a great thinker and poet of Muslim world. He said that the bar was committed for promotion of his message and playing its role for the purpose. He assured that the bar would raise the issue of Allama Iqbal’s parents graves at legal forums and all out efforts would be made for the purpose.

He further said that present Pakistan was not in accordance with dream of the great poet and a long struggle was required for it.

Advocate Zafar Ali Raja said that Allama Iqbal worked as lawyer for 26 years and his 103 judgements were reported in law journals. Other speakers also paid homage to the services of the great philosopher.–APP

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