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Allama Iqbal’s birth anniversary celebrated

KARACHI: The 138th birthday of philosopher and poet Allama Iqbal was observed today across the country with respect, ARY News reports

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.

The birth place of Allama Iqbal in Sialkot

 

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.

Rare pictures of Allama Iqbal

 

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.

Some rare pictures of the poet

 

Unfortunately he did not live to see the dream of a separate homeland for Muslims come true and passed away on April 21, 1938.

 

The last abode of Allama Iqbal in Lahore

 

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.

Tomb of Allama Iqbal in Lahore

 

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