The birth anniversary of renowned poet Ahmed Faraz is being observed on Tuesday.
Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz visited the H-8 graveyard in Islamabad today and laid floral wreath on the grave of Renowned Poet Ahmed Faraz and also offered fateha.
Speaking on the occasion, the Information Minister said Ahmed Faraz was an asset of Pakistan and he represented the underprivileged segment of the society.
بندگی ہم نے چھوڑ دی ہے فراز
کیا کریں جب لوگ خدا ہوجائیں
His first poetry collection – Tanha Tanha – was published in the 1960s when he was pursuing his Bachelor’s at Peshawar University. Like many other Urdu poets, Faraz was also inspired by Mirza Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Ali Sardar Jaffri for their progressive sentiments and traits. He began his career as a script writer for Radio Pakistan and later became an Urdu teacher at Peshawar University.
Having versatile personality, he became active in politics too during General Zia-ul-Haq’s dictatorial tenure after raising his concerns for democracy. Faraz was exiled for six years for his liberal thoughts during that period, spending time in London, Canada and other European states. He was awarded with Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2004 for his literary services. Faraz returned the award in protest against the unconstitutional measures taken by General Pervez Musharraf and took active part in the famous restoration of judiciary movement in 2007.
From 1950 to 2008, Ahmed Faraz received many accolades and praises internationally and locally. He received six foreign awards for his literary contribution. Many famous singers of the Sub-Continent have crooned Faraz’s poetry including legendary vocalist Lata Mangeshkar.
میرے لفظوں کی پہچان اگر کر لیتا وہ فراز
اسے مجھ سے نہیں خود سے محبت ہوجاتی