About Dr. Afzal Iqbal

Dr Afzal Iqbal was born on August 14, 1919 at Lahore. A studious student he was able to get admission, despite tough competition, in the prestigious Government College, Lahore. He proved to be an outstanding student. He won the roll of honour twice, first as an undergraduate and later as a graduate and stood first in M.A history. He was amongst the first Muslims to be fortunate to be selected as editor of the College magazine, Ravi in face of tough challenge of well versed non-Muslims. As a brilliant debater he won many laurels. He was a winner of several individual prizes as well as trophies in inter-universities debates held at Lahore, Peshawar, Aligarh, Allahbad and Calcutta. One of the most memorable is the Asutosh Mukerjee Gold Medal as best debater in All India Inter University Debating contest at Calcutta in 1940. Where, he had the occasion to be invited to Shantiniketan and to meet the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, a meeting he treasured. This helped him to get elected as President of the Government College Debating Union 1940-41 concurrently with the chief editorship of college union Ravi, a rare distinction seldom equaled in the history of Government College.

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