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141st birth anniversary of Iqbal observed

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SIALKOT: The 141st birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal was celebrated with due reverence here on Friday at the birthplace of the national poet who dreamt of a separate homeland for Muslims of the Sub-continent.
A special cake cutting ceremony was held at Iqbal Manzil under the auspices of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) to mark the birth anniversary of Dr Iqbal. The ceremony was attended by students, journalists, teachers, writers, lawyers and members of business community.
Addressing the function, SCCI President Khawaja Masood Akhtar 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 urged the teachers to concentrate on promoting the message of Iqbal
given by him in his poetry and writings.People belonging to different walks of life attended the ceremony.
The day dawned with special prayers for solidarity and prosperity of the country in major mosques of the district.
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.
Several literary, cultural and trade organisations on behalf of the citizens laid floral wreaths at the graves of Iqbal’s parents and offered Fateha. People belonging to various walks of life including students of various educational institutions visited Iqbal Manzil for paying homage to Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
Some rare photographs and a number of books written on Iqbal by various authors were also exhibited at Iqbal Manzil.This historic edifice in Sialkot was decorated with attractive lights and huge portraits of Dr Iqbal.
A procession was taken from Iqbal Manzil to the graves of Iqbal’s mother and father which was attended by representatives of civil society, journalists, government officers, businessmen, traders, educationists and a number of citizens.

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