Did You Know – the great poet, philosopher and politician Sir Muhammad Iqbal, also known as Allama Iqbal (born on November 9, 1877) and revolutionary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz (13th February, 1911 – 20th November, 1984) were both born in Sialkot, which is in the Punjabi Province of British India (now Pakistan).
Sialkot, the capital of Sialkot District, is a city situated in the north-east of the Punjab province in Pakistan at the feet of the snow-covered peaks of Kashmir near the Chenab river. Formerly, Sialkot has been the winter-capital of the State of Kashmir. The city is about 125 km (78 mi) north-west of Lahore and only a few kilometres from Jammu in India.
The recorded history of Sialkot, a district of modern-day Pakistan, covers thousands of years. Sialkot has, since its foundation, changed hands from Hindu, Buddhist, Persian, Greek, Afghan, Turk, Sikh, Mughal and British rule to that of present-day Pakistan. The twin city of Sialkot is Kayseri in Turkey.
Other notable personalities born in Sialkot include the progressive Urdu writer, playwright and Hindi film director Rajinder Singh Bedi and veteran Indian journalist, Urdu press reporter and human right activist, Kuldip Nayar.