SIALKOT/SANGLA HILL -People from all walks of life paid glowing tribute to poet-philosopher Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal on his 76th death anniversary observed across Punjab here on Monday.

According to details, scores of people paid rich tribute to poet of the East Dr Allama Iqbal on his 76th death anniversary and visited 149 years old Iqbal Manzil (the birthplace of Allama Iqbal) here in Sialkot.

Quran Khawani was held at Iqbal Manzil Sialkot under the auspices of Bazam-i-Iqbal in which a large number of people from all walks of life participated. They also offered Fateha for the eternal peace of the soul of Allama Iqbal. Later, the contests of Kalam-I-Iqbal were also held at Iqbal Manzil, in which a large number of students from different schools and colleges participated.

Senior Pak Army officials, students and teachers of Behria University Islamabad and people also visited Imam Sahib Graveyard in Sialkot and laid floral wreathes on the graves of parents and other family members of Allama Iqbal, besides, offering Fateha there for their eternal peace.

Meanwhile, a symposium on Iqbaliyat was also held at the auditorium of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI). Sialkot based Additional Inspector General of Police Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Mian Muhammad Asif (chief guest), SCCI Group Leader Riazuddin Sheikh, SCCI President Dr Sarfraz Bashir, SVP Mian Muhammad Anwar, Vice President Khawar Sapal, Chairman SCCI's Committee on Iqbaliyat Shehzada Ibne Iqbal Syed also attended the prestigious ceremony.

Addressing the participants, KPK Additional Inspector General of Police Mian Muhammad Asif said that teachings of Allama Iqbal were like a beacon of light to maintain tolerance, peace and stability in society. He said that the youth should transform themselves into Iqbal's 'Mard-e-Momin' and strive for self-reliance within own resources. He stressed that Pakistan could only be redeemed through emulation of Iqbal's vision on democracy, human excellence and self reliance as perpetual rule of dictators weakened the national institutions, especially democracy.

He narrated "We must meet this great intellectual challenge of our time for confronting the militants and militancy. For this we need to imbibe the teachings of Allama Iqbal", he said, adding, "This indeed is the best tribute we can pay to Allama Iqbal today".

SCCI President Dr Sarfraz Qureshi said that Allama Muhammad Iqbal was one of the great men of Islam and Pakistan, who dreamt for Pakistan, where brotherhood, social and economic justice would prevail. "We must create a society according to the vision of great poet, who gave the idea of separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent where they can practice their Islamic values and culture," he urged. Iqbal's philosophical and human approach to save the Muslims from degradation, deprivation and destitute living is still a source of strength and guidance for us, he maintained.

While delivering their speeches, the other speakers including Shehzada Ibne Iqbal Shah, SVP Mian Muhammad Anwar, Vice President Khawar Sapal and   Prof. Munawar Mirza said that the nation owed freedom and independence to the vision of the great visionary Allama Muhammad Iqbal and 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 forward movement in human thought was never as great as it is today, they said. They added that it was unfortunate that in the country envisioned by Iqbal, Islam has been ruthlessly exploited by extremists and militants to foist their narrow agendas on the people in the name of religion.

In Sangla Hill, the death anniversary of poet-philosopher Dr Allama Iqbal was observed here with traditional enthusiasm. Anjuman Tarraqi-e-Niswan (Regd) organised a seminar to pay rich tribute to Dr Iqbal, who mobilized the Muslims of subcontinent through his poetry for an independent Islamic state at Children Academic Centre. Deputy District Officer Social Welfare Abid Raza Bhatti was the chief guest and President Anjuman Tarraqi-e-Niswan (Regd) Mohtarma Shahida Mushtaq presided over the seminar.