Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has said that Iqbal’s Pakistan is under serious threats both ideologically as well as territorially. He said that the country, which came into being on the basis of Allama Dr Muhammad Iqbal’s thought, had been drifting from his message. He said that iqbal envisaged Pakistan as a welfare, democratic state which would serve as a model for the rest of the Islamic world but over the decades the country emerged to become anything but realization of iqbal’s dreams.
In his special message on the occasion of Allama Iqbal’s 137th birth anniversary, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that political mafias held the future of this country hostage. He said that for last six decades, their hold on the national resources and decision-making processes had been getting stronger with the passage of time. He said that the system erected in the name of ‘democracy’ by the vested interests was ironically bereft of what this system actually stood for. He said that Pakistan was a classic example of ‘elite capture’ and not democracy.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that given the complexity and plethora of challenges facing Pakistan, it was important to explore our ideological roots. He said that terrorism and extremism grew in the society because we put Iqbal’s message on the backburner.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri asked youth and students to become true Eagles of Iqbal by dedicating themselves to nation building. He said that this was possible if they put their energies to productive use and acquired modern education. He said that a major chunk of Pakistan’s population consisted of youth and the country’s future was in their hands. He said that it was time that we saved the country and not politics.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri paid glowing tributes to Iqbal. He said that MQI espoused Iqbal’s message and was struggling to put his dream into reality. He said that Iqbal’s philosophy was still relevant and a beacon of light in these dark times. He said that Iqbal’s was a towering personality who is born after centuries. He said that a people-led movement for change would make Pakistan a country of Iqbal’s dreams.