The change of guards ceremony was held at the mausoleum of the “Poet of the East” in Lahore this morning. A contingent of Pakistan Navy, assumed the charge of the guards at Allama Iqbal’s mausoleum.
The federal government in a controversial decision this year has cancelled the public holiday on November 9th. In a government notification, the day has been declared a normal working day.
Only the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has announced provincial holiday on the birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal.
Allama Muhammad Iqbal was born in Sialkot, Punjab in 1877 AD. He received his early education in the traditional maktab and went to Sialkot Mission School, from where he passed his matric exams.
He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Government College, Lahore in 1897and secured his Masters Degree two years later. He was appointed as a lecturer of history, philosophy and English in Lahore’s Oriental College.
Allama Iqbal conceived of the idea of Pakistan and used poetry to motivate the Muslims, especially the youth of the sub-continent in their struggle against their British rulers and their demand for a separate homeland.
Unfortunately he did not live to see the dream of a separate homeland for Muslims come true and passed away on April 21, 1938.
— ARY Digital (@arydigitalasia) November 9, 2015
People from cross sections of the society will visit to the birth place of Allama Muhammad Iqbal in Sialkot and his last abode in Lahore to pay tribute to the great poet and philosopher. Seminars will be held across the country today to highlight the poet’s contributions towards the creation of Pakistan.