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The nation is celebrating 140th birth anniversary of poet-philosopher and conceiver of the idea of Pakistan Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal with traditional zeal across the country on Thursday.

Born on November 9, 1877, in Sialkot, Allama Iqbal was a great representative of the subcontinent and one of the main exponents of the Pakistan Movement. Called the Sufi poet of the modern age he was a man of great ideas – dynamics, romanticism and profound.

Iqbal was both a great poet, a serious thinker, and philosopher, who infused a revolutionary spirit in the Muslim youth of the subcontinent at the time through his poetry. Iqbal’s poetry has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, English and several other languages.

To mark the day, people from different sections are visiting Mazar-e-Iqbal in Lahore to pay homage to the national hero. The poet-philosopher died on April 21, 1938.

Literary, educational, political, social and cultural organizations are arranging special programs across the country to pay homage to the national poet and highlight different aspects of his life and teachings.

In his message on Iqbal Day, President Mamnoon Hussain has urged the nation to utilize their capabilities for achieving the national goals in the light of teachings of Allama Iqbal.

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