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.

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