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Pakistan celebrated the 141st birth anniversary of national poet and philosopher Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal with traditional zeal and fervour today. The day was celebrated with special prayers in the mosques, where the preachers threw light on the life history of Iqbal and prayed for the peace, national integrity, prosperity and development of the country.

Dr Iqbal was born on 9 November 1877 in Sialkot, within the Punjab Province of British India (now in Pakistan). He was not only a poet and philosopher but he was also a freedom fighter. A close correspondent of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, he gave the idea of a separate nation of Pakistan to Jinnah. Iqbal is also admired by Indians for writing the patriotic song Tarani-Hindi, popularly known as ‘Sare Jahan se Aacha’. The song acquired the status of a national anthem in India, during the British rule. After partition, Iqbal moved to Pakistan, where the government officially declared him as the national poet.

A large number of people including the students of different schools and colleges and their teachers visited the Iqbal Manzil in Sialkot as a part of the celebrations. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar visited Allama Iqbal’s Mausoleum in Lahore and laid a floral wreath at the grave of the celebrated poet. On the occasion, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistanis could achieve high distinction in the comity of the nations by understanding the concept of ‘Shaheen’ and philosophy of ‘Khudi’ of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal and adopting it in practical life.

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