LAHORE - Even after 77 years of his death, Allama Muhammad Iqbal still lives in Pakistani nation’s heart.

During a special sitting organised by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT) and Pakistan Movement Workers Trust here to pay tribute to the Poet of East, NPT Chairman Muhammad Rafique Tarar observed that the poet-philosopher inculcated the freedom of thought not only in the minds of Muslims of subcontinent but also in those from Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia and Middle East.

“Dr Allama Iqbal uprooted the false beliefs and set them on the path of truth. It was he who presented the concept of an independent state for the Muslims of subcontinent and also selected a far-sighted leader to transform this concept into reality,” the NPT chairman said.

He further observed that Pak-China friendship has received a fresh impetus recently when the agreements worth billions of rupees have been struck by the two nations, which would change the destiny of Pakistan.

The sitting was attended by Mian Farooque Altaf, Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Justice (r) Munir Ahmad Mughal, Dr MA Sufi besides a large number of students, teachers and people from different walks of life.

The proceedings of the event were conducted by NPT Secretary Shahid Rasheed. The speaker included Dr Sayed Akram Ikram Shah, Allama Ahmad Ali Kasuri, Qayyum Nizami, Waleed Iqbal, Dr. Ajmal Niazi, Begum Bushra Rehman, Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali, NPT Vice Chairman Professor Dr Rafique Ahmad and Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal.

Dr Rafique Ahmad observed that Allama Muhammad Iqbal knew the secrets of transforming an ordinary man into an ideal man, who is capable of inculcating the attributes of Creator in his ownself by annihilating his personal inclinations and tendencies.

“If we want to survive honourably, we have to adopt the values advocated by Allama Muhammad,” he stated.

Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal and the other speakers condemned the social evils such as nepotism, corruption and jobbery still plaguing our society. Great people like Allama Muhammad Iqbal have no lust for money, power and other worldly possessions. We must try our best to follow in their footsteps, the speakers observed.