RAWALPINDI - A speech competition entitled “Iqbal aur Asr-e-Hazir ka Pakistan (Iqbal and contemporary Pakistan)” was organised by Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) in connection with the 74th death anniversary of Poet of East, Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal, on Saturday.

On the occasion, Government Degree College for Girls Dhoke Kala Khan Principal Dr Fareha Nighat was the chief guest whereas Patron-in-Chief of RAC Naheed Manzoor accompanied by Resident Director Waqar Ahmed also honoured the ceremony.

While addressing the ceremony, Dr Fareha Nighat said that Allama Muhammad Iqbal was the personality who gave the Muslims of subcontinent their identity.

“One who understood the Islam and explained the key concepts of Islam like Khudi (The Self) in his poetry,” she said, adding that Iqbal was a thinker and philosopher who understood the message of the Holy Quran and spread it through his poetry. She said that his thoughts and writings were perfect combination of Islam, philosophy and science.

Naheed Manzoor also paid rich tributes to national poet Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal saying: “He planted the seeds of Pakistan as a separate country in the subcontinent”. She saluted to the services rendered by Allama Iqbal for the nation.

She said that feeling the cultural, social and political difference in the subcontinent, Allama Iqbal started struggle for separate independent for Muslims. “Iqbal dreamt for separate state for Muslims, which Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah transformed into reality as Pakistan,” Naheed said.

The competition was divided into three categories; speech competition, national song single and group national song.

Iqbal Tabasum, Riaz Hussain, Salman Shah and Zafar Alam were appointed as judges. In speech completion, Minahil Mohayudin from Fouji Foundation bagged first, Sabeen Iqbal from JS Public School got second while Hifsa Nasir from Sir Syed Public School remained third.

In first category of national song single, Sajar Ali from FFS secured first, Nawal Zain from JSPS got second and Wasia Nawaz from Sir Syed Public School remained third. Similarly, in second category of group song, Sir Syed Public School got first position, JS & FFS second while Pakistan Cambridge and The Rising School succeeded to secure third position.

Dr Fareha Nighat and RAC’s Naheed Manzoor distributed shields and certificates among the winners. A fateha was also offered for the victims of aircraft crash.