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

Published: November 4, 2012
There isn’t a need to spread Iqbal’s message to common people now as PTI Chairman Imran has already done so, says Waleed Iqbal PHOTO: EXPRESS

There isn’t a need to spread Iqbal’s message to common people now as PTI Chairman Imran has already done so, says Waleed Iqbal PHOTO: EXPRESS

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. 

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Reader Comments (60)

  • mian khaliq
    Nov 4, 2012 - 9:53PM

    PTI zindabad


  • waqar
    Nov 4, 2012 - 9:54PM

    it was amazing…..
    the grandsons of allama iqbal and faiz ahmed faiz were there


  • Concerned
    Nov 4, 2012 - 9:55PM

    Without a hint of doubt.


  • Noor
    Nov 4, 2012 - 9:59PM

    Exactly trueRecommend

  • Abid Khan Jadoon
    Nov 4, 2012 - 10:07PM

    No one heed him five years ago when he was talking of bigger issues. He is popular now because public and youth have realized that petty issues are not their problems but it is lawlessness, corruption, mismanagement, lack of leadership and security that matter most. He was the lone voice then but people have adopted it with time…..Voice whose time has come.


  • Syme
    Nov 4, 2012 - 10:08PM

    Since long Iqbal’s Shaheen was hiding in Mianwali..


  • Taha
    Nov 4, 2012 - 10:18PM

    Imran khan- you are the last hope. Don’t disappointing us!


  • Nov 4, 2012 - 10:23PM

    ET: you sure the name is Munib Iqbal. Becauze last time I checked, Allama Iqbal’s grandson was named Waleed Iqbal :) :)


  • fawad
    Nov 4, 2012 - 10:25PM

    its waleed iqbal and not muneeb iqbal


  • Sikander Fayyaz Bhadera
    Nov 4, 2012 - 10:34PM

    His name is Waleed Iqbal, and not Munib. Please correct this.


  • Ali Syed
    Nov 4, 2012 - 10:47PM

    The name of Iqbal’s grand son is Walid Iqbal not “Munib Iqbal”
    Shows the standard of reporting you guys do.


  • Amaar
    Nov 4, 2012 - 10:50PM

    Iqbal was supported by “Majlis Ahrar i Islam” in the 1930s unfortunately. This movement later opposed Pakistan movement and Jinnah tooth and nail. Today Imran Khan is supported by molvis of all kinds. Will he want to be Iqbal’s “successor” or be Jinnah’s successor?


  • Fahad Khan
    Nov 4, 2012 - 10:52PM

    That was so generous of Waleed Iqbal but its true.


  • Falcon
    Nov 4, 2012 - 10:58PM



  • MAD
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:07PM

    Waleed Iqbal not Muneeb Iqbal.The person who said those words is Waldd Iqbal although he does have a brother named Muneeb.


  • Ali Syed
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:08PM


    The name of Iqbal’s grandson is Walid Iqbal not “Munib Iqbal”

    Pathetic reporting u guys do . .shows ur standard


  • Usman Aslam
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:10PM

    100s time trues….Imran Khan ZindabadRecommend

  • jun
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:16PM

    Allama Iqbal’s name being used for political purposes by his grandson


  • doc
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:27PM

    lov u imran :) my vote for PTIRecommend

  • Roger
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:34PM

    He’s the furthest thing from the genius of Allama Iqbal. What an offensive statement. Iqbal’s grandson has no credibility in making such statements since his grandfather died well before he was born. In any case, I would have thought Iqbal’s grandson would be a little more educated in his political opinions. Regrettably, this is our (his) legacy.


  • Sadia Agha
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:35PM

    FYI…Allama Iqbal’s grandson, who made the speech today, is Walid Iqbal not Munib Iqbal.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:37PM

    Imran is symbolic but real successor is Mian Shahbaz Sharif. Mian Nawaz Sharif is Quaid-e-Azam Sani.


  • Imran Ghazali
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:59PM

    His name is “Waleed Iqbal”


  • ZA
    Nov 5, 2012 - 12:04AM

    haters can keep on hating ….


  • Nov 5, 2012 - 12:23AM

    Imran Khan is the best thing to happen to Pakistan. Unfortunately, not many people realize it. Our vote is for you….Imran Khan.


  • Nov 5, 2012 - 12:29AM

    His name is Waleed Iqbal, not Munib Iqbal.


  • sajjad khan
    Nov 5, 2012 - 1:11AM

    We know that and we sure believe that!


  • H.N,
    Nov 5, 2012 - 2:42AM

    I am sure the error is not regretted. Because you have not reported my (and possibly other peoples) comment reporting the mistake. Also we expect the tribune to make mistakes, which is very human, but you seriously need to bring to task the authors and put in place a reasonable mechanism at least to check typographic and such basic reporting errors which I see far more than in any other renowned newspaper. Please raise your reporting standards both in terms of editing and content. Sincerely.


  • Sultan
    Nov 5, 2012 - 3:46AM


    Your comment shows pure visceral hatered of Imran, nothing else.


  • Baset
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:28AM

    PTI all the way in the coming elections. They deserve a chance to say the least !!


  • Zainab
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:42AM

    Sorry but genius is not like inheritance. Waleed is only a biological descendent of Iqbal, it does not make him the intellectual inheritor?
    It is not Waleed’s place to decide who is or isn’t the intellectual successor to Iqbal.


  • sabi
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:56AM

    Alama Iqbal is not a thinker but translater who has done that job by translating philospher Goethe of Germany.Irony is right wing mindeset has given him too much Importance for vested intrests.So much so that he is being wrongly portrayed as islamic scholar.He was a good poet and nothing more.Iqbal can never replace MA Jinah.IK’s politics is gup-shup and nothing more.


  • sensible
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:53AM

    immi is only ray of hope!


  • Sultan Khan
    Nov 5, 2012 - 9:14AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Please don’t insult Quaid-e-Azam by comparing him with Nawaz.Recommend

  • faysal
    Nov 5, 2012 - 9:25AM

    Guys lets spread the words of Iqbal and Imran. Please educate your family and friends.

    If we keep doing what we are doing we will keep getting what we are getting.
    We have to do something different!!!!!

    Thanks and show respect to other people point of view. :)


  • M Mohsin
    Nov 5, 2012 - 11:29AM

    Meanwhile, Iqbal rolls in his grave


  • Tauheed
    Nov 5, 2012 - 12:30PM

    Our last hope – P T IRecommend

    Nov 5, 2012 - 12:46PM

    All PTI supporters who wants to bring a change in this country need to be more active in the next few months .One political party is distributing Laptop seccond series and other distributing money in the name of development funds.Huge money will be used to beat PTI candidate by both status quo parties.All honest Pakistanis need to come out on the day of election and vote for PTI in order to bring a change .We want voters turn out to be above 70%.Only the youth of Pakistan can ensure this high turn out on the day of election.If the educated youth of Pakistan do not come out of their houses to vote, we will continue to be ruled by un-educated corrupt class of Pakistan.

    Long live Pakistani Youth and long live Pakistan


  • Riaz Khan
    Nov 5, 2012 - 2:15PM

    Its not funny! Iqbal must be turning in his grave.


  • awais
    Nov 5, 2012 - 3:05PM

    imran khan you are great leader in the world


  • Lala Gee
    Nov 5, 2012 - 3:41PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    “Imran is symbolic but real successor is Mian Shahbaz Sharif. Mian Nawaz Sharif is Quaid-e-Azam Sani.”

    That was a joke? Wasn’t it?


  • Lala Gee
    Nov 5, 2012 - 3:50PM


    “Alama Iqbal is not a thinker but translater”

    There are no lower limits of ignorance, and you proved it.


  • Pakistani
    Nov 5, 2012 - 4:07PM

    Imran Khan is our proud


  • Tahir Alyana
    Nov 5, 2012 - 4:59PM

    We are proud of imran khan.


  • Irshad Khan
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:50PM

    A great joke!!!


  • Aslam
    Nov 5, 2012 - 6:08PM

    @sabi, i will spit and you go and drown into it.


  • SA
    Nov 5, 2012 - 6:08PM

    I think most of the folks commenting above probably havnt read much of Iqbal’s poetry.


  • yellow
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:36PM

    @Zainab, not so fast ! have you ever met waleed iqbal ? he is nothing short of genius, just look at his education credentials. His knowledge itself makes him a true descendent of his grandfather Allama Iqbal.
    -From a former student of Waleed Iqbal


  • sabi
    Nov 5, 2012 - 9:24PM

    @sabi, i will spit and you go and drown into it.
    This is what you learnt from his poetry?
    @Lala Gee:
    There are no lower limits of ignorance, and you proved it.
    Didn’t you know that his poetry is greatly inspired by Goethe and Nietzsche.Why are you so upset.


  • Zalmai
    Nov 6, 2012 - 12:31AM


    You are absolutely right, Iqbal owes much of his poetry to European writers and his Farsi poetry was merely pedestrian. I am surprised at the lack of civility and tact on this forum when disagreeing with someone’s post.It is ironic that IK supporters mask themselves as proponents of change and democracy yet they cannot tolerate dissent, which is a fundamental principle of democracy.


  • sabi
    Nov 6, 2012 - 5:27AM

    Thanks a lot for your kindnes.From your posts on different topics I judge you, as really an educated person and eventually realist and civil.The problem with such people is that they are intoxicated with delusions and facts really bite them their next stage is what we are seeing in the form of talibans.I don’t wonder why there is so much support for taliban.


  • Omar
    Nov 6, 2012 - 9:41AM

    FYI, Munib Iqbal is also Allama Iqbal’s grandson and the brother of waleed iqbal. This particular grandson indeed is Waleed, but it is incorrect to state that Munib is not the grandson of Allama Iqbal when he actually is.


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Nov 7, 2012 - 4:59PM

    He will become ” leed ” after joining PTI . I think .Recommend

  • Nov 7, 2012 - 5:40PM

    Well, Iqbal’s idea for a political leader was different. I wrote an article on this topic Imran and the establishmentlast year. Pasting the link below. Kindly go through it.
    (the image used in this article won’t be visible though)


  • FaiselH
    Nov 7, 2012 - 6:42PM

    “Symbolism’ aside, if the real Grand Son cannot qualify, how can Imran Khan qualify to be Iqbal’s successor ?


  • Nov 10, 2012 - 7:23PM

    No doubt, Iqbal was a great man, but not Imran Khan, Allama Iqbal was a good friend of Hazrat Allama Anwar shah Kashmiri and Maulana Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari who was former president of ”Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam”.


  • Cynical
    Nov 10, 2012 - 7:47PM


    You all made substantive, dispassionate and cultured comments. As @sabi points to, most posters here are emotional outpourings of the uninitiated.
    The culture of hero worship is ingrained in our psyche from an early childhood.
    It’s quite common throughout the subcontinent and in most sub-altern emerging societies. Instead of looking at their work as the work of just another human being, we try to impart a sense of divinity to their work and loose the objectivity.
    Senses of parochial nationalism, with an acute shortage of heroes to worship, can make it a spectacle of comical proportion. As it did on this occasion.


  • debal
    Nov 12, 2012 - 9:32PM


    Agreed 100%.


  • elementary
    Nov 15, 2012 - 5:12PM

    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.


  • Khalid M Rehman
    Dec 2, 2012 - 4:55AM

    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.


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