AT-KABUL: The Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul organized an event on Wednesday to celebrate the 139th birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, a renowned poet. Afghan Minister for Information and Culture, Dr Kamal Sadat, and Acting Minister for Border and Tribal Affairs, Abdul Ghafoor Laiwal, were the chief guests on the occasion.
According to a press release issued by the embassy, Prof. Abdullah Bakhtanay Khidmatgar, the 91 years old Afghan expert on Iqbal, presided over the event.
A number of Afghan writers, who presented their papers on this occasion, paid rich tributes to Iqbal. Some Afghan poets also recited their poems on Iqbal. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Syed Abrar Hussain mentioned Iqbal’s love for Afghans and Afghanistan and referred to various poems of Iqbal in this regard. The Ambassador also presented a shield to Prof. Abdullah Bakhtanay Khidmatgar in recognition of his contribution towards Iqbal studies in Afghanistan. Bakhtanay was the first Afghan to write a book on Allama Iqbal 60 years ago.