Obituary

Poet of the East Ahmed Faraz had breathed his last after protracted illness in a hospital of Islamabad, his funeral prayers will be held at 3:30pm in Islamabad on capital of Pakistan on Monday night. Tuesday। Ahmed Faraz was a distinguished poet and a seasoned bureaucrat, he had headed Academy of letters and National Book foundation during his lifetime, his date of birth was 14th January 1931, and his real name was Syed Ahmed Shah, he was author of sixteen books which were mostly collection of his poetry, his father Mr. Burq was also an eminent poet of his times, ancestral home of Ahmed Faraz Burq Manzil is located in Kohat city of NWFP Pakistan.

As a poet he was tilted towards romanticism, his romantic poems were quite popular in Pakistani youth, famous female singer Tahira Syed used to sing his poems; eminent singer Mehdi Hassan had also recorded many Ghazals of Ahmed faraz in his melodious voice.

Ahmed Faraz poetry also carry a message of revolution, progress and change, he was close associate of Chairman Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan Peoples party, during periods of military rule in Pakistan Ahmed Faraz used to opt for self exile in India or London.

I was introduced to him in Islamabad when he came to read his poetry before students of Qauid I Azam University, I was also invited along with my other student colleagues to attend and hear his poetry, I was accompanied by Madhoori Chawla, Asma Fahri Abu Talib, Nargis Rasheed, Ishtiaq, Tariq Abdullah and Nasir Khan in hall of Chemistry department of QAU where he was cordially invited for reading his poetry before the professors and students, my Jordanian friends, Tariq Abdullah and Asma Fakhri Abu Talib were unable to understand Urdu but they were so impressed from his voice and style that for two long hours we all kept listening to him, during the break we met him and praised his poetry, he was delighted when I told him that I am also from his native town Kohat and from the same locality where his ancestral home is located.
During February elections when my brother Abdur Rauf advocate was awarded with Peoples Party Ticket to contest election for National Assembly seat NA 14 Kohat, Barrister Syed Masood Kausar brother of Ahmed Faraz had given his ancestral home Burq Manzil which became campaign headquarter of PPPP in Kohat.



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Abdur Raziq
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