The 146th birth anniversary of national poet Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being observed with national enthusiasm today all over Pakistan.
Allama Muhammad Iqbal, known as the poet of East. Was born on November 9th, 1877 in Sialkot. Through his poetry and knowledge Iqbal awakened Muslims in the sub-continent and given them a direction for a separate identity.
Every year on November 9th, the whole Pakistani nation celebrates this day with national enthusiasm. Special programs, segments and documentaries are being aired on Radio and Television. Also, different literally and educational institutions arrange special programs, seminars, mehfil-e-Mushaira and various events are organized on Iqbal Day.
This year’s celebration holds particular significance as it marks the centennial of Iqbal’s influential lecture series in 1922-23, which laid down the philosophical groundwork for the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent.
President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi and the caretaker prime minister Anwaar ul Haq Kakar paid specially tribute to the national poet in their speeches when they addressed the nation on media.
Government has also declared national holiday on this year’s Iqbal day. Educational institutions, government and private offices and all banks will remain close on this year’s Iqbal day.
Change of Guard Ceremony
A respected change of guard ceremony was held at the vault of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy, clad in immaculate whites, assumed ceremonial guard duties with traditional spirit and enthusiasm.
Station Commander of Pakistan Navy Lahore, Commodore Sajjad Hussain, graced the occasion as the special guest.
During his visit, Commodore Sajjad Hussain conducted a thorough inspection of the guards, which included personnel from Pakistan Rangers and the Pakistan Navy.
In a symbol of respect and honor, Station Commander Lahore Commodore Sajjad Hussain paid his respects at the Mausoleum of Iqbal by laying a wreath of flowers, a poignant gesture that added significance to the occasion.”