Lahore: A large sculpture of national poet Allama Mohammad Iqbal installed at a Lahore Park has drawn humour and criticism from people on social media.
Recently, someone spotted a statue of Allama Iqbal in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park of Lahore and posted its pictures on social media.
What made the sculpture an interesting subject was the fact that it did not appear to resemble the man himself.
“There’s nothing wrong in this but it doesn’t look like Allama Iqbal,” Laila Tariq pointed out.
Iqabl's sculpture in Gulshan-e-iqbal Lahore, there is nothing wrong about the sculpture except the part that it doesn't really look like Iqbal pic.twitter.com/zuNyrvXrmB— Laila (@Laila_Taariq) February 1, 2021
People were quick to notice this interesting sculpture and the post went viral on social media within few hours.
Some were offended, some trolled, while majority demanded the concerned authorities to replace it as soon as possible.
جناب ولید اقبال صاحب کیا آپ جانتے ہیں یہ کس کا مجسمہ ہے؟ کیا یہ کہیں سے بھی شاعر مشرق کا مجسمہ نظر آتا ہے؟ آپکی حکومت کے خیال میں یہ شاعر مشرق ہیں اور کسی سفارشی سےمجسمہ بنواکر عوام الناس کے لئے اسے گلشن اقبال لاہور میں سجا دیا گیا مجھے تو یہ مجسمہ دیکھ کر بہت افسوس ہوا ہے pic.twitter.com/girwXllzZt— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) February 2, 2021
Who did this blunder in #GulshanIqbal Park #Lahore.— umar ishaque butt (@capisces) February 2, 2021
A cheap tribute 2 a legend like #AllamaIqbal is disgusting.@GovtofPunjabPK @UsmanAKBuzdar, @SHABAZGIL sb please look into this.
It should be removed & a new, good one should be eracted!#عوامی_وزیراعظم_عوام_کےساتھ#HelloMrNiazi pic.twitter.com/LgjSeailFQ
What in the name of God & justice , is this abomination ??😳😳 Where are all the lawyers in his family , move a petition in the court .This is not our beloved leader #AllamaIqbal by any angle 🙄🧐 @DCLahore @NasiraIqbal3 sahiba, please do something. https://t.co/UeRP0UFdZG— Asma Naseem (@Wisevenus) February 1, 2021
Allama Iqbal’s statue doesn’t surprise me at all ... it’s in line with how we have deformed the country, it’s polity, it’s culture and ideology of its creation. pic.twitter.com/6ekNpxJmpa— Musadaq Zulqarnain (@MusadaqZ) February 2, 2021
Just saw these pictures saying "They have just unveiled a new statue of Allama Iqbal in Gulshan Park Lahore"Can anyone confirm if this is true...if yes, this is unacceptable 😡 is this a joke, who approved it?— TAAKVIEM (Ash-Shazli) (@TAAKVIEM) February 2, 2021
Pakistan rebuilds 500 yr old Eastern Island's Moai statue, in Gulshan Iqbal Park Lahore. pic.twitter.com/jPfY8yb7Wv— Shaan (@Shanyousaf6) February 2, 2021
Allama iqbal's sculpture 😇— Ramsha Mir (@ramsha_mir) February 1, 2021
ThankGod he is not alive to see this 🤦♀️😅 pic.twitter.com/Y1Pv0ARr29
New statue of Allama Iqbal at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore.— Sikandar Taimoor Langah (@LangahTaimoor) February 2, 2021
The thought is nice but I think had he seen this, he might have had another 'shikwa.' pic.twitter.com/borQ2ie6xP
However, it was later reported that the sculpture was made in good faith by the park’s gardeners as a tribute to the national poet.
Chief Minister Usman Buzdar also took notice of the incident and sought a report from the Directorate General Parks and Horticulture Authority (DG PHA)
A comprehensive inquiry should be held to identify responsible people and disciplinary action should be taken against them,” he said.