Iqbal Day: PM stresses need to understand Poet of the East’s philosophy


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan can achieve a respectable place among the comity of nations by understanding the concept of “Shaheen” and philosophy of “Khudi” enunciated in the works of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal and adopting the same in practical life.

“Adopting Iqbal’s vision is the need of the hour to enlighten the world through our deeds and introduce Pakistan as a developed and Islamic welfare state,” the prime minister said in his message on the Iqbal Day, being observed across the country today.

He said Iqbal guided Muslims of the Indian Sub-Continent at a time when they had lost their destination in the darkness of slavery. “Iqbal’s thoughts illuminated a candle of hope that not only identified the destination, but also the way of life for the Muslims of the sub-continent.

PM Khan said the creation of Pakistan was the realisation of Iqbal’s dream and his poetry was read and taught in the entire world.

“He [Iqbal] always advised the Muslims to remain united and be practical.  It was farsightedness of the Poet of the East that he predicted problems of today’s world decades ago.”

The prime minister said that Iqbal’s approach on sectarianism, ideological extremism and creation of new communal groups was a guiding light for us and added that it was need of the hour to understand not only his philosophy but also apply it to make Pakistan the state Iqbal envisioned.

The prime minister said that keeping in view the importance of the day, he had directed to arrange special programmes at government-level to highlight the vision of the great philosopher instead of announcing a public holiday.

“Special programmes will also be arranged at educational institutions to aware the young generation of Iqbal’s philosophy.”