Iqbal’s Allahabad address laid down foundation of Muslims state: Irfan

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Poets, writers played important role in creation of Pakistan

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—The role writers and poets cannot be ignored in the creation of Pakistan as they were the opinion makers and built momentum for a separate homeland for the Muslims of India.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui said this while addressing as chief guest a lecture titled “Role of Writers in the Creation and Development of Pakistan” organized by the Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL). The seminar was part of the Jashn-e-Azadi celebrations Pakistan Academy of Letters has recently started. Noted writer, poet and critic Prof Jalil Aali delivered the lecture. Dr Qasim Bughio Chairman of the PAL presided over the lecture while the poetic recital or Mushaira was presided over by eminent poet Dr Tauseef Tabassum.
According to the Chief Guest Irfan Siddiqui, poets and writers of that time made a great contribution in teaching and preaching the two nation theory and prepared the Muslims of the subcontinent mentally and ideologically to have a separate country of their own.
Iqbal is, no doubt, the leading poet of that lot of writers and poets, said Irfan Siddiqui. It was he who foresaw a separate homeland for the Muslims of India and spoke about it in his presidential address at the Muslim League’s annual meeting in the city of Allahabad in 1938. Later that address “Khutba-e-Allahabad” turned out to be a launching pad for the movement of Pakistan and Quaid-e-Azam also took inspiration from the dream of a separate country and formally declared it Muslims’ central demand in Muslim Leagues annual meeting in Lahore in 1940.

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