Imran Khan 'symbolic successor' of Allama Iqbal, says poet's grandson

Waleed Iqbal was addressing a gathering at the launch ceremony of PTI's 'Youth Policy' in Lahore.

Ali Usman November 04, 2012

LAHORE: “I am the grandson of Allama Iqbal but the real symbolic successor of Iqbal on the political horizon of the country is Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan,” said Waleed Iqbal at the launch ceremony of PTI’s Youth Policy at Expo Center Lahore on Sunday.

Waleed said this while addressing the gathering at the ceremony, which was attended by Imran, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi and PTI President Javed Hashmi. Hundreds of youth supporters and PTI leaders from across the country attended the ceremony.

Waleed had earlier said the same during a recent interview, when on being asked whether he would spread Iqbal’s poetry after joining PTI, he had replied, “There isn’t a need to spread Iqbal’s message to common people now as PTI Chairman Imran has already done so.”

Commenting on Imran’s reference to Iqbal in his autobiography, Waleed had added that the autobiography not only had a chapter dedicated to Iqbal but Imran had repeatedly mentioned throughout the book on how he had learnt from Iqbal.

At the ceremony, Waleed also recited verses from Iqbal’s famous poem ‘Saqi Naama’.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly mentioned Munib Iqbal instead of Waleed Iqbal. The error is regretted. 


Khalid M Rehman | 8 years ago | Reply

What he said is right ,he need youth of Pakistan ,but he should say this too youth parents,uncle,aunts and younger brothers,sisters if all they come to vote him he will be the winner.we had enough from two time chair occupier not they should not expect more time. I always tell the youth of Pakistan bring your parents,uncle,aunties,sisters,brothers as a voters to get him success.IK you must make base with younger Pakistanis and then you ask the younger s to bring their other relatives to cast their vote for you . Inshaallah you will win,but after you get your object you must do something serious for the middle class,lower class.

elementary | 9 years ago | Reply

@sabi: "Didn’t you know that his poetry is greatly inspired by Goethe and Nietzsche.Why are you so upset".

Now you got it right.Inspired !!. your earlier post said "translator" which essentially accused him of Plagiarism. It is not uncommon for thinkers to be inspired by philosophers who precede them. Karl Marx for example was inspired by Hegelian Philosophy of Dialectics. Kant by Descarte,Libniz by Spinoza etc. You may disagree with Iqbal's thinking ,as I certainly do, but I won't accuse him of Plagarism.

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