KARACHI: The nation is observing birth anniversary of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal with traditional zeal across the country on Saturday.
The day began with special prayers for solidarity and prosperity of the country and the Muslims. The day also witnessed change of guard at his mausoleum in Lahore.
Political leaders, government officials and people from all walks of life pay tribute by visiting the poet’s mausoleum and offering Fateha.
Various functions are being arranged to mark the day, with special programmes are being aired on the state-run and private radios and TV channels, highlighting various aspects of Allama Iqbal.
Born on November 9, 1877 in Sialkot, Dr. Iqbal was a great representative of the subcontinent and one of the main exponents of the Pakistan Movement.
Called the Sufi poet of the modern age he was a man of great ideas – dynamic, romantic, provocative and profound. Iqbal was both a great poet, serious thinker and philosopher, who infused a revolutionary spirit in the Muslim youth of the subcontinent at the time through his poetry.
Iqbal’s poetry has been translated in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, English including several other languages.
The poet-philosopher died on April 21, 1938