A gardener who took a part in making a sculpture of Allama Iqbal in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab, said that we gardeners built that sculpture to pay tribute to national Poet,
A gardener who was one of the 15 gardeners in the park who made the statue, said “We made this statue with great effort. We had blisters on our hands while making it Now we have to break this statue with our own hands. We, Gardeners, are downhearted about this. Believe me, our hearts are crying.”
Allama Iqbal’s statue came under discussion on social media in Pakistan, including Twitter, when a user commented on the statue saying, “There is nothing wrong with this statue except that it does not look exactly like Iqbal.”
Many users say that the statue does not bear any resemblance to the pictures of Allama Muhammad Iqbal that they have seen since childhood, while some users have started looking for faces similar to the statue so that Find out who owns this.
One of the Gardeners who made the statue told the BOL News on condition of anonymity that about 15 Gardeners were involved in making the sculpture of Allama Iqbal in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park.
He said the matter was now under discussion but the fact was that the statue was made eight, nine months ago out of concrete, gravel, cement, sand and rocks” after working day and night and great effort”.
He said that a senior official had said some time ago that the name of the park was ‘Gulshan-e-Iqbal’ and there should be a sculpture of Allama Iqbal. “After listening to the officer, we started making it ourselves.”
“That officer used to show us a photo of Allama Iqbal and we used to make they sculpture … During or after the work finished, no one ever told us that he did not resemble with Allama Iqbal.
He said that after the commotion on the media, orders have been issued to the gardeners today to stay in the park at night and remove the statue. “Currently, we have been asked to break down the fence around the statue and cover it with a cloth.” However, no formal announcement has been made by the PHA about removing or demolishing the sculpture.