Srinagar, Hurriyat Conference (G) on Sunday organized a day-long seminar to pay tributes to Allama Iqbal (RA), the Poet of the East, on his death anniversary.
Speakers at the seminar spoke at length about various dimensions of Allama Iqbal’s philosophy and its bearing on contemporary issues.
The spokesman in a statement said that a large contingent of police deployed on Airport road here prevented the participants and journalists, besides Hurriyat activists, from entering Geelani’s residence, the venue for the seminar.
Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani addressing seminar said the universal message of Allama Iqbal teaches people the lessons of compassion, social sensitivity and concern for all human beings and also wants them to think, act and create a classless society based on principles of Islam and universal justice.
Paying tribute to Iqbal’s achievements Geelani said “Doctor Muhammad Iqbal was both a great poet and a serious thinker at the same time. Most of Allama Iqbal’s writings were devoted to a revival of Islam as he endeavoured to propagate pan-Islamism.” He was a true devotee with sincere thinking for Muslim ummah, he added.
The spokesman said prominent among those who spoke on occasion include senior leader Mohammad Yasin Malik, Syed Ab Rehman Shamus, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Gh Nabi Sumji, prominent columnist Dr Javed Iqbal and Z G Mohammad.
“DR Iqbal in his poems has rejected the slavery,” said Geelani and added that “slave nations never secure the benefits of faith(Iman) and he in his poetry work has more comprehensively and cogently described the evil effects of slavery.”
“Slavery is a curse and leaves deep scare on nations,” said Geelani and while referring to gruesome incident of rape and murder of 8-year-old innocent Asifa, ill-treatment meted out to detainees, massacres of Gawkadal, Sopore, Handwara, Kupwara, Bijbehara and other incidents is the outcome of the worst type of subjugation.”
Appealing youth, Syed Ali Geelani asked to follow, Quran, teachings of Prophet Muhammad and philosophy of Iqbal and impressed to shun sectarian thinking and hold the rope of Allah firmly.
Geelani reiterated that “we are not against the dialogue process, but we favour only meaningful and result-oriented negotiations, saying “unless and until the Kashmir dispute is addressed in its historical perspective, all these attempts are futile.”
He made it clear that under such “indifferent, apathetic and appalling situation no talks will prove fruitful and result oriented, hence it is the responsibility of Indian leadership to prepare the conducive atmosphere for talks between all its stakeholders including Pakistan.
“We have a clear agenda and our viewpoint is unambiguous, saying the issue can be resolved through dialogue. However, more than 150 rounds of bilateral negotiations yielded no results because Delhi never illustrated sincerity,” said Geelani.