The 78th death anniversary of poet-philosopher Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal will be observed here on Thursday (today) to acknowledge his services for envisaging the idea of a separate homeland for the Muslims of sub-continent.

In this connection, different functions would be organised across the AJK to pay rich tributes to Dr Muhammad Iqbal, who mobilized the Muslims of subcontinent through his poetry for an independent Islamic country.

President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Muhammad yaqub Khan, Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed and Minister Information Sardar Abid Hussain Abid have said that Pakistan could achieve a clear distinction in political, economic, social and religious spheres “if we follow the thought and philosophy of great poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal in true spirit.”

In their message on the occasion of death anniversary of Iqbal, the President, the PM and information minister said though Allama Iqbal’s dream about Pakistan had been materialized under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam in 1947 by creating Pakistan, we could not achieve the level of thoughts and actions as desired by the great poet.

They said the basis of Iqbal’s philosophy was Islam and according to him, the fundamentals of Islamic model were the people, independence and conscience.

They said according to Allama Iqbal, Islamic society had no room for the monarchy and religious headship and even he disliked these.

The President said that Iqbal’s idea of Pakistan was linked with the philosophical system, he had revealed. He said that Iqbal had desired to see the system with no discrimination in name of cast, creed and religion and purely aimed at human welfare. He also declared this system as basis for the unity of Islamic world. The AJK Premier said the unity of Muslims from Nile to Kashghar was Iqbal’s message so that the Islamic world may emerge as a force against the political, economic and social imperialism in the world and serve purely for the human welfare.