MIRPUR: Kashmiris living on both sides of the line of control and the rest of the world will celebrate the 146th birth anniversary of the Kashmir-origin Poet of the East Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal on Thursday with due respect and honor.

In Azad Jammu and Kashmir elaborated programs have been chalked out to celebrate the birth anniversary of Iqbal, the author of the idea of the creation of Pakistan, with the renewal of the pledge, on behalf of the people of the entire Jammu and Kashmir state to work shoulder to shoulder Pakistani brethren to ensure the country to be a true forward-looking Muslim state and invincible fort of Islam, in line with thoughts of the great poet-philosopher and to continue struggle for the achievement of their legitimate right to self determination, top AJK government sources told APP here on Tuesday.

It will be a gazetted holiday across Azad Jammu Kashmir to facilitate people and organizations to hold a special ceremony to celebrate the birthday of the poet-philosopher besides visiting his mausoleum in Lahore to offer fateha for the departed soul.

The world-fame Poet of the East was born on November 9th, 1877 in a middle-class family of Kashmiri Mohalla, an ancient thickly-populated locality of Sialkot city.

The day will, Insha Allah, dawn with special prayers in the mosques for the solidarity, integrity, and prosperity of Pakistan and for the freedom of all the occupied Muslim homelands including Jammu and Kashmir from Indian illegal occupation and Palestine from Israel’s forced bloody occupation.

Various cultural, political, and social organizations will hold special meetings and seminars in various parts of the liberated territory to highlight the services rendered by the great visionary poet and philosopher of the 20th century.

People from various parts of AJK will visit the Mazaar-e-Iqbal in Lahore, besides his birthplace in Sialkot under the auspices of local literary organizations to offer fateha by laying down wreath at the mausoleum and paying homage to the Poet of the East.

In Mirpur, the birth anniversary of the poet of the East will be celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm. The day will be marked with a major ceremony to be hosted at the Main Campus of the International Islamic University Islamabad Schools (IIUI) where the birthday cake will be cut as a mark of joy and respect for the great poet of the East.

The school children will present tableaus depicting Iqbal’s message to the young generation of his visioned subcontinents’ Muslims separate homeland, Pakistan through his high caliber poetry with advice to the youth to emerge as the quality future architects of the live nation.


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