Allama Iqbal’s philosophy, thoughts, intellectual discourse and ideological poetry laid the foundation for relations between Pakistan and Germany. Following his thoughts and ideas, relations between the two countries have been steadily improving.
This was stated by Consul General of Germany in Karachi Holger Ziegeler at a press conference held at the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday.
Among those who spoke on Pak-German relations and Allama Iqbal’s personality and thoughts were Simone Lenz, director of the Goethe-Institut Pakistan and Dr Tanzeemul Firdous, head of the Urdu Department at Karachi University.
The consul general said that 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries are of historic significance. Germany stands with Pakistan in its efforts for world peace.
It is hoped that mutual relations and cooperation in other fields including education, health, economy, culture and sports will increase and with the passage of time the people of the two countries will come closer to each other.
Efforts will also be made to exchange delegations at various levels between Pakistan and Germany and to benefit from each other’s experiences. A cake was also cut on the occasion to mark 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Iqbal day at KU
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“We praise Allama Iqbal for his vision and devotion and acknowledge that he was the great leader who gives the concept of a separate homeland for Muslims of the subcontinents. But, unfortunately, we do not follow what he teaches,” University of Karachi Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi on Tuesday.
He was addressing the audience during an Iqbal Day celebration held at the Karachi University Business School Auditorium.
The ceremony was attended by Sector Commander Sindh Rangers Brigadier Muhammad Shabir Khan, Wing Commander Col Musoor Abbas, Major Imran, KU Student Advisor Dr Syed Asim Ali, Professor Dr Uzma Farman, Dr Danish Pirzada, chairs of various departments, teachers, and a large number of students.
Iraqi informed the audience that Iqbal was a student of philosophy at the University Heidelberg therefore it does not come as a surprise that a lot of work has been done regarding Iqbal’s literary and philosophical work in Germany.
Another speaker, Professor Dr Uzma Farman said that Allama Iqbal has declared the youth as the catalyst for change in society, life, and thought. On this occasion, the Karachi University Music Society released a special song “Talash” based on Allama Iqbal work to celebrate Iqbal Day.
Furthermore, the Karachi University Theatre and Drama Society stage a drama “Nahi hai Iqbal Na Umeed” whereas a marathon race “Shaheen never gets tired” was organised by the Karachi University Sports Society and the members of the Inclusive Society of the University of Karachi presented national anthem by using sign language.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 10th, 2021.