Attack exposes security lapse at national heritage
An armed accused stormed into Iqbal Manzil, Sialkot in Pakistan, the birthplace of poet of the East, located in the city’s congested Kashmiri muhallah and damaged rare photos, Qalam, Dawat, furniture and other rare things related to Allama Iqbal and his other family members.
Iqbal Manzil in-charge Riaz Hussain Naqvi said, Ghulam Abbas of Rangpura-Sialkot went to Iqbal Manzil after its closure time and insisted to visit Iqbal Manzil. However, the staff refused to entertain him.
Upon this, the accused became infuriated and forced his entry into the Iqbal Manzil at gunpoint. He made the staff of Iqbal Manzil hostage and badly damaged the frames, photos, Huqqa, Qalam, Dawaat (pen and inkpot of Allama Iqbal), the bed on which Iqbal had taken birth, other wooden furniture and other important related thing related to Allama Iqbal and his family. After this the accused also abused and tortured the staff of Iqbal Manzil and fled away from the scene. Later, the police were called in, who arrested the fleeing accused.