Muzaffarabad, Muhammad Tahir Khokhar, a central leader of MQM, former parliamentary leader, and former Minister of Tourism and Transport, commemorated Iqbal Day by acknowledging the enduring legacy of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, a revered figure in Pakistan’s history. Khokhar emphasized Iqbal’s role in awakening the Muslims and his pivotal contributions to the ideology of Pakistan.
According to Muttahida Qaumi Movement ( MQM), Allama Muhammad Iqbal, known as the poet of the East, was a multidimensional personality encompassing roles as a poet, jurist, and visionary politician. After his return to his homeland in 1910, Iqbal played a critical role in awakening the intellectually and politically dispersed Muslim community through his poetry.
Khokhar highlighted that Allama Iqbal was not just a great thinker but also an architect of unity among Muslims. His writings and poetry were instrumental in encouraging the Muslims of India towards the vision of a separate Islamic democratic state. Khokhar referred to Iqbal as the ideological father and national poet of Pakistan, attributing the creation of the ideology of Pakistan to him, a vision he presented at the Muslim League meeting in Allahabad.
Further emphasizing Iqbal’s impact, Khokhar stated that Iqbal’s message for Muslims was to emerge as a strong force against various forms of imperialism and contribute to the welfare of humanity. He called upon the youth of Pakistan to build the nation in line with Iqbal’s dream, advocating for a focus on education, skill development, and abandonment of negligence.
Khokhar expressed that by following Iqbal’s philosophy and understanding his thoughts on Islam and human dignity, Pakistan can overcome modern challenges and prosper. He concluded that Allama Iqbal’s revolutionary spirit and services for the Muslim community’s interests are a guiding light for achieving new developmental heights.
This recognition of Allama Iqbal’s contributions by Muhammad Tahir Khokhar underscores the continued relevance of Iqbal’s teachings in shaping Pakistan’s present and future.