The embassy in a press release states that Afghan Minister for Information and Culture, Dr. Kamal Sadat, and Minister for Border and Tribal Affairs, Mr. Abdul Ghafoor Laiwal, graced the occasion as Chief Guests. 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 the Poet of the East. Some Afghan poets also recited their poems on Iqbal.
Speaking on the occasion, Pakistani ambassador, Syed Abrar Hussain mentioned Iqbal’s love for Afghans and Afghanistan and referred to various poems of Iqbal in this regard.
Abrar Hussain also presented a shield to Prof. Abdullah Bakhtanay Khidmatgar in recognition of his contribution towards Iqbal studies in Afghanistan.
Mr. Abdullah Bakhtanay was the first Afghan to write a book on Allama Iqbal 60 years ago.
Iqbal is admired as a prominent poet of the sub-continent and is also a highly acclaimed “Muslim philosophical thinker of modern times.” Iqbal was surely the great servant of Muslims and able to express himself marvelously in three languages – Urdu, Persian and English
He is recognized as the Poet of East, for his poetical contribution, which mainly revolves around concept of Khudi (Self) and also aspired Muslim youth to become Shaheen (Eagle of Iqbal).