Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed his government’s decision not to give a holiday on Iqbal Day (November 9) and said that instead we should honour the great poet.
He said Pakistan is the result of Allama Iqbal’s dream and the young generation should understand his vision and thoughts. “Iqbal showed the Muslims of the Subcontinent the route to independence,” he said. “His thoughts are a source of light for us.”
The great poet and philosopher was born on November 9, 1877. He played a significant role in the Pakistan movement and is credited with awakening the spirit of independence through his poetry and essays. Today marks his 141st birthday.
He is regarded as one of the founding fathers of the country. Some of his best works include Zarb-i-Kalim, Bang-i-Dara, Bal-i-Jibril, Payam, Armughan-e-Hijaz and Asrar-e-Khudi.
A change of guard ceremony was held at Iqbal’s tomb in Lahore in the morning.