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Pak Forum Australia symposium on Allama Iqbal

On 27 January, Australia’s famous Urdu poet and published author Mr. Tariq Mehmood Mirza arranged a colorful evening on behalf of Pak Forum Australia (PFA) at Maharaj Karahi,Padstow, Sydney, on the great revolutionary Urdu and Persian writer, philosopher, scholar and politician, whose cultural and political acumen is considered among the greatest of the twentieth century, the late Dr. Allama Sir Mohamed Iqbal.

The literary event was titled as “Fikr-e-Iqbal aur Asari Taqazayopened by Mr Akhtar Ali Mughal and welcomed the guestsfollowed by recitation of Holy Quran by Dr. Anas Nadvi, the secretary general of National Imam Council of Australia. Dr. Nadvi also spoke about Iqbal’s thoughts in the light of Holy Quran.

The main speaker of the event was Mr. Tariq Mirza who in melodious Urdu enlightened the audience with the life story of Iqbal, his journey from Lahore, Pakistan to Europe and return. Mr. Mirza’s speech filled the contemporary gap for those who may have little knowledge about the great achievements of Sir Iqbal.

The special guest speaker of the event was Dr, Afzal Rizvi from Adelaide who spoke about Iqbal’s work which continues to inspire generations to come.  He is also the founder and president of Pak Literary Forum Australia. Dr. Shabbir Haider, President, Urdu International Australia also spoke.

The Chief Guest of the event Deputy Counsel General of Pakistan, Ms. Saima Jameel highlighted the importance of such events and hoped that they would be conducted more often. She pointed out that there need not be a particular day dedicated toIqbal, rather make use of every day to raise awareness of the philosophy and ideas of Iqbal in our young generations. Ms. Jameel also highlighted the importance of similar programs in English to be conducted within the larger Australian community.She also read out an Iqbal’s poem.

Engineer Shahid Javed, Dr. Ayaz Ghani and singer Ms. ShahanaChoudhary sang a selection of Iqbal’s well-known poems. Mr. Akhtar Ali Mughal was the MC for the event and a delicious Pakistani dinner was served.

Written by Hanif Bismi

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