Iqbal Day celebrated with national zeal and enthusiasm

Rawalpindi: In connection with the birth anniversary of poet of the East and philosopher Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal, a tableau competition based on his poetry and speech competition titled “Iqbal aur Ahid-e-Hazir” among school students of Rawalpindi/Islamabad under the auspices of Rawalpindi Arts Council here on Monday.

Ex-member National Assembly Malik Shakil Awan was chief guest accompanied by Resident Director Waqar Ahmed, Chairman Jinnah Iqbal Fikri Forum Rana Abdul Baqi, PML-N leader Raja Zafar Iqbal and office bearers of All Pakistan School Management Association were present on the occasion. Senior poet Aftab Zia, Ahmed Zahoor and Farhana Ali adjudged the competition.

The competitions among the students were organized to highlight role and service of Dr Allama Iqbal for Muslims of sub continent and getting separate homeland. In speech competition, Fariha Ayub of Anglo-Arabic School secured first position, Sohana Nafees of CRM School got second, Um-e-Roman of Anglo-Arabic School got third while Khushbakht Zaman of Headway Escuela High School remained fourth. Similarly, in tableau competition, JS Public School junior section got first, JS Public School middle section secured second, Brightland Public School third and Pakistan Cambridge School remained fourth in the competition.

Speaking on the prize distribution ceremony, Ex-member National Assembly Malik Shakil Awan said that the vision of Allama Iqbal and his thoughts were instrumental in awakening the Muslims from deep slumber which was coupled with the sustained efforts of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah that led to the birth of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Paying rich tribute to Allama Iqbal.

He said we should act on his vision rather than celebrating Iqbal Day. Resident Director Waqar Ahmed said that Dr. Allama Iqbal based his thoughts on the Holy Quran and promoted humanity in his interpretations. He said that Allama Iqbal aroused the Muslim from disillusionment and reminded them about their future. Rana Abdul Baqi said that organizing of event was to convey the message of Dr Allama Iqbal to children in a practical way.