SIALKOT-Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) President Zahid Latif Malik cut the cake of 140th birth day of Allama Iqbal during a special ceremony held at the Iqbal Manzil, the birth place of Allama Iqbal , here on Tuesday.

SCCI Vice President Abid Ahmed Khawaja, SCCI’s PRO Tajammal Hussain, Inchare/caretaker of Iqbal manzil Riaz Hussain Naqvi, SCCI Executive Committee members and business and export tycoons also attended the ceremony.

After the cake-cutting ceremony, the Iqbal Day celebrations were kicked off in Sialkot. On the occasion, they paid homage to the great poet.

The SCCI president said that Allama Iqbal was one of great men of Islam and Pakistan, who dreamt of Pakistan. “We must create a society according to the vision of the great poet who gave the idea of separate homeland for the Muslims of the Subcontinent to practice Islamic values and culture,” they said. Iqbal’s philosophical and human approach to save the Muslims from degradation and deprivation is still a source of strength and guidance for us, they maintained.

The SCCI vice president said that the teachings of Allama Iqbal are like beacon to maintain tolerance, peace and stability in the society.

The Sialkot-based exporters said that Pakistan can only be redeemed through emulation of Iqbal’s vision on human excellence and self-recognition as perpetual rule of dictators weakened the national institutions.

The PRO said that Iqbal’s philosophical and human approach was still a source of strength and guidance. On the occasion, Shamim Khan Lodhi, the president Bazm-e-Iqbal, said that the nation owed freedom to the vision of Allama Iqbal . He said the best way to pay tributes to Iqbal was to understand his message and imbibe his teachings. The need for understanding Iqbal’s concept of the message of Islam and the need for self-realisation was never as great as it is today.

Syed Riaz Hussain said that Allama Iqbal was one of the great men who dreamt of Pakistan “We must create a society according to the vision of the great poet, who gave the idea of separate homeland for the Muslims of the Subcontinent.

The people paid homage to Allama Iqbal , and said that it was unfortunate that in the country envisioned by Iqbal, Islam has been exploited by extremists to impose their narrow agendas on the people.

Meanwhile, Mayor Ch Tauheed Akhtar visited Iqbal Manzil (the birthplace of Allama Iqbal) Sialkot. He reviewed its renovation works briskly underway under the supervision of Sialkot Municipal Corporation.

On the occasion, the mayor paid homage to Allama Iqbal , saying that the land of Sialkot had become invincible after giving birth to Allama Iqbal .

The mayor announced illumination of the Iqbal Manzil and Allama Iqbal Chowk Sialkot under the supervision of Sialkot Municipal Corporation announcing to take out a big rally in Sialkot on Nov 09, 2017 in connection with birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal in his native city.

TWO HELD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested two human traffickers - Mirza Muhammad Faisal from Daska and Abdul Razzaq from Sialkot. The FIA has sent the accused behind bars after registering separate cases against them.