LAHORE: On Allama Iqbal’s Day, a prestigious ceremony of change of guards was held on Wednesday at the mausoleum of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal to mark 139th birth anniversary of the great poet and philosopher who dreamt of a separate homeland for Muslims in the Sub-continent.
A contingent of Pakistan Navy, clad in immaculate whites assumed ceremonial guard duties with traditional spirit and stalwart enthusiasm.
Contingents of Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Rangers formed up outside the mausoleum and took positions alongside where both the outgoing and incoming guards were inspected by the Station Commander (Navy) Lahore, Commodore Sajid Mahmood Shahzad.
The ceremony was followed by floral wreath laying at the mausoleum by Station Commander (Navy) on behalf of Chief of the Naval Staff, officers and men of Pakistan Navy.
In his message, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that South Asia can be made a base for regional peace by seeking guidance from the soaring thoughts of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
“Affinity with thoughts of Allama Iqbal demands to make Pakistan a democratic welfare state in a real sense, which seeks a solution to the problems confronting the country in light of Islamic traditions of Ijtihad,” the prime minister said.