Nation observes birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal today

On Thursday, the nation will celebrate Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the national poet, on his 146th birthday.

November 9, 1877, saw the birth of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the philosopher-poet dubbed the Poet of the East, in Sialkot.

With his international poetry and political savvy, he roused the Muslims of the Subcontinent, proposing the notion of Pakistan’s founding in his famous speech at Allahabad in 1930.

The speech by Allama Iqbal provided Muslims on the Sub-Continent with a distinct identity and clear orientation towards the establishment of Pakistan.

In honor of Allama Iqbal Day, Radio Pakistan and TV stations are airing special programs that showcase the poet and thinker’s works.

In Lahore, this morning’s investiture ceremony for a change of guards at the Mausoleum of Iqbal was modest but meaningful.

A brilliantly disguised Pakistan Navy unit took over the duty of guarding the tomb.

The principal guest on this occasion was Commodore Sajid Hussain, the Pakistan Navy’s Station Commander Lahore.

He prayed and placed a floral wreath at the mausoleum.

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