Park management in Lahore are removing the Allama Iqbal sculpture after it became a topic of controversy on Twitter. Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) head, Yasir Gillani, states that the local gardeners made the statue on their own.
People of Pakistan love the late great Allama Iqbal. The iconic poet played an important part in the country’s freedom as his words continue to resonate within our hearts. In an effort to pay tribute to the great man, local gardeners in Lahore made a big sculpture, using their own money and labor. They presented the sculpture to the park in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area. While we admire the time and effort spent by these local laborers to do their best to honor Allama Iqbal, this was not the finest of works.
The picture of the statue started making rounds on social media. Netizens trolled the design and ordered for it’s removal as it looked nothing like Allama Iqbal. Spokesperson for the park, Nadia Tufail, confirms that the sculpture is no longer on display.
Dear, this is prepared by maalis at their own , they made it in shere love for Iqbal and to pay homage from their heart. Authority didn't approved or even paid a single penny for it.
WE WILL ADDRESS IT but can anyone see from maalis eye's, their love and their عقیدت, pic.twitter.com/qAdf0Nw4E9
— Yasir Gillani PTI (@yasir_gillani) February 2, 2021
“Dear, this is prepared by maalis at their own, they made it in sheer love for Iqbal and to pay homage from their heart. Authority didn’t approve or even paid a single penny for it. We will address it but can anyone see from maalis eye’s, their love and their عقیدت,” he wrote.
We admire the gardeners’ efforts for such a lovely gesture. Let’s hope the local park authorities hire a professional sculptors to design a perfect monument for Allama Iqbal. What are your thoughts on the matter? Share your suggestions in the comments below.