Iqbal’s vision, Quaid’s struggle paved the way for independence of Pakistan

Zubair Qureshi

Allama Iqbal envisioned Pakistan and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah executed that vision into a practical reality and we owe our independence and separate identity to the two great leaders of the Muslims of the subcontinent.

This was said by a scholar of Iqbaliyat and eminent researcher on Iqbal’s life and works Prof Dr Ayub Sabir while presiding over a declamation contest at the Aiwan-e-Quaid in connection with the Iqbal Week celebrations being organized by the Nazriya Pakistan Council.

Prof Inam Muhammad and Dr Muhammad Afzal Babar, President, Private School Network were the guests of honour on the occasion.

Both Iqbal and Quaid set before us the path to follow and taught us how to win name and fame through relentless struggle and selfless hard work, said Prof Ayub Sbair.

Students of more than twenty schools including the Islamabad Model School for Girls (IMCG) I-9/1, IMCG G-6/1, IMCG G-6/2 and other public sector and private schools participated in the speech contest titled “Apni Dunya Aap Paida Kar Agar Zindo Mai Hay” and showed their caliber and flame of love for Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

They highlighted various aspects of Iqbal’s poetry and personality. their mastery of Iqbal’s verses and references to his life that was marked with love for the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) electrified the audience and warmed their hearts.

They also made references to history, science, social service and Information Technology (IT) to bring about their point of view and to convince the audiences in support of their point of view.

Noted writers and scholars Hafiz Noor Ahmed, Farah Diba and Irfan were the judges to decide the first, second and the third positions.

While speaking on the occasion, Prof Inam and Dr Muhammad Afzal Babar urge the students to seek guidance from the kalam and fikr (poetry and thought) of Allama Iqbal and make it a regular guiding principle of their lives.

We are proud custodians of the Fikr-e-Iqbal that takes its light from Seerat-un-Nabi (Peace Be Upon Him) and teachings of Islam, they said.

According to the decision by the judges, Sanabil Almas Abbasi of the IMCG I-9/1 was declared first, Amna Sharif of IMCG G-6/1 and Malaika Ejaz of IMCG G-6/2 was pronounced third position holder in the declamation contest. Kainat Aslam of the Govt Higher Secondary School received the consolation prize.

The audience praised the NPC for organizing such thought-provoking and constructive literary activities on the important days of our history.

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