LAHORE: Iqbal Academy Pakistan and Unified Media Club organized a seminar commemorating the 140th birthday of Allama Iqbal at Aiwan-i-Iqbal. The speakers at the seminar stressed on following Iqbal’s thought as the only way to progress and it can be utilized to have better relations with the neighboring countries.
Vice President Iqbal Academy Pakistan Munib Iqbal presided over the seminar, Director Iqbal Academy Muhammad Bakhsh Sangi delivered the welcome address whereas Sajjad Mir, Irshad Arif, Dr. Raghib Naeemi, Salman Ghani, Prof. Saleem Mazhar, Muhammad Hassan, Haroon Akram Gill and Huma Price also spoke on the occasion. Students from different institutions recited Kalam-i-Iqbal and won cash prizes and shields.
Grandson of Allama Iqbal Muniab Iqbal said that Iqbal’s teachings are the path for youth to rise and play their part in the development of nation and country. “Iqbal is not only the leader for Pakistani nation but also for the rest of Muslim world. He wanted to make this nation a brave one.” said Munib. He advised the new generation to follow Iqbal’s teachings for a respectable life. Sajjad Mir said it is hard to even think about sovereignty without Iqbal’s thinking.
Irshad Arif said that we are an atomic power but still look for others to help us grow. “What else we want?” He questioned. He said that the government has even cancelled the holiday on Iqbal day and it shows their lack of interest in Iqbal and his teachings.
Salman Ghani said that the nation owes Iqbal for giving the Ideology of Pakistan and leadership in form of Quaid-e-Azam. Muahammad Hassan, Dr. Raghib Naeemi Dr. Saleem Mazhar and Laiba Sohail also spoke on the occasion.