Under the auspices of Iqbal Academy Pakistan, the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated with enthusiasm
Under the auspices of Iqbal Academy Pakistan, the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated with enthusiasm. The day started with flag hoisting at Allama Iqbal's old residence 116 McLeod Road. Director Iqbal Academy Pakistan Prof. Dr. Baseera Ambreen hoisted the flag. Officers and employees of the academy including Haroon Akram Gill, Irshad Al Mujeeb Sheikh, Syed Qaiser Mahmood Shah, Mohammad Babar Khan, Mohammad Ishaq and Asad Hanif accompanied her on the occasion. The cake was then cut and a prayer was offered after planting. Zaka Haider sang the national song while Zaheer Ahmad Babar performed Kalam Iqbal.
Begum Governor Punjab Mrs. Parveen Sarwar unfurled the flag and planted a tree in Aiwan-e-Iqbal at 10:00 am. Director Iqbal Academy Pakistan Prof. Dr. Baseera Ambreen, Administrator Aiwan-e-Iqbal Anjum Waheed, Chairman Unique Group Dr. Abdul Manan Khurram and other officers accompanied her.
A cake-cutting ceremony and a special seminar were also held at Aiwan-e-Iqbal. The Chief guest was Justice (Retd) Nasira Iqbal. Other distinguished guests included Mr. Shaukat Amin Shah, Prof. Dr. Waheed Alzaman Tariq. The vote of thanks was presented by Director Iqbal Academy Pakistan Prof. Dr. Baseera Ambreen while the host was Haroon Akram Gill. Zaka Haider and Safdar Kazmi sang national songs beautifully and Anam Shahzadi performed Kalam Iqbal. Addressing the gathering, Justice Nasira Iqbal said that Allama Iqbal wanted to see the youth leading in every field and considered women as an important part of social development. She said that her father, mother and grandfather played a vital role in the independence movement of Pakistan and she was proud of it.
Prof. Dr. Waheed uzzaman Tariq said that Allama Iqbal highlighted the treatment of minorities in India in "India and miniatures" and not only demanded a separate homeland for Muslims but also managed the return of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah from England. When he came, he persuaded him to lead the independence movement. He said that Allama Iqbal used to say that whatever I am, I am a lowly soldier of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Similarly, after the formation of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam had said that if Iqbal had been here today, how happy he would have been.
Shaukat Amin Shah narrated the details of Allama Iqbal's meeting with Mussolini.
Director Iqbal Academy Prof. Dr. Baseera Ambreen while giving a vote of thanks said that Allama Iqbal (RA) has equated freedom with life. She said that according to Allama Iqbal, living nations develop and the punishment for weak crime is death penalty and he believes in creating ones own world.