The country’s renowned progressive poet Ahmed Faraz was remembered on his 13th death anniversary on Wednesday.
Ahmad Faraz was known as one of the best modern Urdu poets of the last century. He was born in Kohat on January 12, 1931, and moved to Peshawar with his family. He studied at the famous Edwards College, Peshawar, and received Masters’s in Urdu and Persian from Peshawar University.
He later taught at Peshawar University as well. He was a member of the Progressive Writers Movement (PWM) as well. He was a Chairman of the Pakistan Academy of Letters and also head of the National Book Foundation.
He continued to perform his duties as an educationist in various educational institutions. He was also kept in custody during the tenure of General Zia-ul-Haq.
Ahmed Faraz recited thousands of poems and 14 collections of his words were published. Tanha tanha, Be-Awaz Gali Kuchon Main, Sab Awazain Meri Hain, and Shab-e-Khun are among some of his literary works. Ahmad Faraz holds a unique position as one of the best poets of current times, with a fine but simple style of writing. Even common people can easily understand his poetry. Ahmed Faraz was fluent in many languages like Urdu, Persian, Punjabi, and other languages. Ahmed Faraz’s work was also been translated into English, French, Hindi, Yugoslavia, Swedish, Russian, German and Punjabi.
Ahmad Faraz was the recipient of a number of national and international accolades, including the Nagar Award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, and Hilal-e-Imtiaz. and after his death Hilal-e-Pakistan by the Government of Pakistan.
Faraz died in Islamabad on August 25, 2008, because of kidney failure and was buried in Islamabad’s graveyard.