The day dawned with special prayers for progress and prosperity, followed by the change of guards at the Allama Iqbal’s mausoleum. A large number of people from all walks of life visited the mausoleum to pay tribute to the great poet. The national flags were hoisted on all major public and government buildings.
The social, literary and educational institutions had chalked out various programmes to mark the day, highlighting the poetic, literary, educational, social and political services of the charismatic leader, who aroused revolutionary spirit in the nation through his poetry. Mushaira and declamation contests were also held at schools, colleges and universities highlighting different aspects of the life and achievements of Dr Iqbal.
The newspapers published special editions while TV channels telecasted special programs relating to the life, poetry and achievements of Allama Iqbal for the nation. Born in Sialkot on November 9th 1877 Allama Iqbal, a great legislature of the subcontinent and important personality of Pakistan Movement had given the message of hope, self respect and education.
The world’s renowned poet and philosopher, Allama Iqbal is also known for the fact that his poetry has been translated in many languages including Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, English and Hindi.
Iqbal’s message had inspired the Father of the Nation Muhammad Ali Jinnah and gave uplift to the struggle which led to the creation of Pakistan.
A change of guard ceremony was held at the tomb of the poet Friday. A smart contingent of the Pakistan Navy assumed guard duties at the Mizar-e-Iqbal. The contingent of Pakistan Rangers alongside Naval soldiers took positions at the mausoleum soon after both the outgoing and incoming guards were inspected by Station Commander Lahore (Navy) Commodore Akbar Naqi and DCO Noorul Amin Mengal. The guard changing ceremony was attended by people from various walks of life including students, teachers, politicians and others. On the tunes played by Pakistan Navy band, the naval contingent took positions at the tomb. Simultaneously, Pakistan Rangers were ceremoniously moved out. Station Commander Lahore (Navy) Commodore Akbar Naqi along with DCO Lahore laid sheath of flowers on the grave and also offered Fateh. They also wrote their thoughts in the memory book at the mausoleum.