SIALKOT, Nov 9 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 09th Nov, 2016 ) : The day to mark 139th birth anniversary of great poet-philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal started with special prayers for solidarity and prosperity of the country and early liberation of held Kashmir in major mosques of the district on Wednesday. The daylong programmes included a special function held at Scotch Mission Vernacular school the Alma Mater of Allama Iqbal.The institute was established in 1857 and Allama Iqbal had passed his Anglo Vernacular middle examination from this institute.
A special birthday cake cutting ceremony was held at Iqbal Manzil (the birthplace of Iqbal) under the auspices of departmental committee of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) on Farogh-e-Iqbal to mark the birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal. The cake cutting ceremony was attended by students, journalists, teachers, writers, lawyers and members of business community. Addressing the function, Vice President SCCI Mian Imran Akbar said that it was Allama Iqbal who dreamt of and envisioned the idea of a separate state for the Muslims of Sub-continent which ultimately led to the creation of Pakistan.
"We can overcome our multifarious problems and difficulties by following the thoughts, ideas of Dr Iqbal and make Pakistan stronger and more prosperous", he said. He stressed upon the teachers to concentrate on popularizing the poetry and philosophy of Iqbal among the youth.People belonging to different walks of life attended the ceremony. A big procession was taken from Iqbal Manzil to the graves of Iqbal's mother and father.The representatives of civil society, journalists, government officers, business men, traders, educationists and a large number of citizens joined the procession.
On the occasion several literary, cultural and trade organisations on behalf of the citizens laid flower wreaths on the graves of Iqbal's parents and offered Fateha. People belonging to various walks of life including students of various educational institutions were visiting the Iqbal Manzil for paying homage to Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Some rare photographs and a large number of books written on Iqbal by various authors were also exhibited at Iqbal Manzil. The Iqbal Manzil Sialkot was decorated with fancy lights and huge portraits of Dr Iqbal.In accordance with the day a district-inter colleges speech competition was also held at Sialkot Press Club. APP/sar/swf/anm